Golfer Phil Mickelson on Tuesday morning removed his name from a high-profile antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour over its treatment of its controversial,

Saudi-funded new rival LIV Golf, an apparent blow to LIV's case given Mickelson's early appearance in the case. The initial circuit claims that "nothing has changed" about the suit.

Mickelson voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against the tour in a filing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Northern California when he first filed the lawsuit on Aug.

.Fellow LIV defectors Talor Gooch, Ian Poulter, and Hudson Swafford also removed their names from the suit on Tuesday.

The exodus leaves just three golfers, including Bryson DeChambeau, in the lawsuit after LIV joined the case on Aug. 27.

Jonathan Grella, LIV's chief communications officer, explained the changes in a statement to Forbes because the suit "no longer needs a wide variety of players to be on it."

A trial in the antitrust case will begin in January 2024, while a summary judgment hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence one way to make a trial unnecessary will be held.

Funded by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and closely associated with former US President Donald Trump, LIV burst onto the scene this year,