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PGA Tour Faces Justice Department Probe Over Saudi-Backed Circuit

  • Tour says it’s ‘confident’ it can fend off DOJ investigation
  • PGA Tour golfers who defected to rival circuit were suspended
A golfer walks to the course during a practice round prior to the start of the 2022 PGA Championship on May 17.

A golfer walks to the course during a practice round prior to the start of the 2022 PGA Championship on May 17.

Photographer: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The US Justice Department is investigating the PGA Tour over potential antitrust violations related to its ongoing dispute with a Saudi-backed rival circuit.

The department’s antitrust division has sent inquiries to golfers’ agents about the tour’s bylaws on participating in other golf events, and its actions related to LIV Golf, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the probe, citing a person familiar with the inquiries.