Now players signed with the Saudi-backed LIV golf tournament are suing their former payer the PGA Tour to suspend them from participating in the breakaway tournament.
Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson and 10 other golfers are among the plaintiffs who filed their antitrust lawsuits on Wednesday.
The lawsuit said the PGA Tour threatened to ban him for life and accused the organization of monopolizing golf.
All three players are seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow them to play in the upcoming matches on the tour.
LIV has been a major disruption in the game of golf, taking players away from established tours with large prize money and lucrative signing bonuses.
PGA Tour chief Jay Monahan says the lawsuit is an attempt by players to force a return to the organization.