Court documents reveal the PGA Tour spoke to Anthony Kim in connection with their ongoing lawsuit against the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

As first reported by SI’s Alex Miceli, the little nugget came to light when court documents were sifted through after a discovery hearing on October 17.

This discovery hearing took place in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California before Judge Susan van Keulen.

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It gets a bit complicated, but the hearing was essentially about determining “how much discovery latitude” the judge would give LIV Golf and the PGA Tour.

One of the main issues raised in court was Question 1.

Interrogations are written questions and answers that are broad in scope.

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That’s the question LIV Golf asked the PGA Tour:

Identify each person who has communicated on behalf of the PGA Tour with any other person (including Tour members) or entity regarding any New Tour. Your response should include individuals who have contacted (a) European Tour, (b) Augusta National, (c) PGA of America, (d) USGA, (e) OWGR, (f) Royal & Ancient, (g ) Asian Tour, (h) Japan Tour, (i) Sunshine Tour, (j) Ladies Professional Golf Association, (k) Ladies European Tour, (l) any broadcaster, (m) any supplier or service provider of the PGA Tour, (n) any advertiser or sponsor, (o) any player’s agent or representative, (p) any golfer (including members of the PGA Tour), or (q) any other person or entity not expressly excluded by this interview. Your response need not include communications with PGA Tour counsel or the press. For each person you identify, identify the date(s) of the communication(s), the means of communication (e.g., in person, telephone, text, email, etc.), and the other person or entity to whom the communication was made.

Initially, the PGA Tour argued that the question was too broad.

However, after a rehearing, Judge van Keulen filed an order on October 19 essentially ruling in favor of LIV Golf.

This command reads as follows:

By 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on October 19, 2022, the Tour Defendant must identify in a verified questioning response all persons who were authorized to speak on behalf of the Tour during the relevant period (September 1, 2019-present; “Period of time”) regarding competitive or potentially competitive tours. The response to the inquiry will indicate which individuals had verbal communications, in addition to written communications, regarding competitive or potentially competitive tours during the period.

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The PGA Tour’s response included 31 people listed as “Tour employees authorized to speak on behalf of the Tour since September 1, 2019”.

There would have been an exhibit added where the PGA Tour listed 179 different entities involved in golf with whom they had discussed their rival or the Premier Golf League.

From these 179 entities included the aforementioned Kim.

Kim is now 37 year. He hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since 2012 due to injury.

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It was reported that Kim had an insurance policy that would pay him in the area of $10-20 million in the event of a career accident.

Over the years, there has been furious speculation about the risk assessment of returning or not.

Kim has been the subject of a number of “What Happened to Anthony Kim” articles and has even been linked with a sensational move to LIV Golf.

In total, Kim has won three times on the PGA Tour and had a starring role at the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla where he grounded Sergio Garcia.

The Spaniard, who plays on the LIV Golf Tour, recently confirmed his career at the biennial event is almost over.

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