Tour plans request for change of venue in caddie suit

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Attorneys for the PGA Tour caddies who filed a lawsuit against the circuit earlier this month braced for an upcoming change of venue motion.

According to Houston-based Gene Egdorf, the attorney for the caddies, the Tour plans to request a change of venue from the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to the Middle District in Florida.

More than 80 caddies have joined the suit, which claims they are forced to wear logo-covered bibs without receiving any proceeds from contracts that lawyers for the caddies estimate is valued at $50 million annually.

Egdorf said he filed the lawsuit in Northern California because the Tour has offices in San Francisco and that court’s history with similar cases, like last year’s O’Bannon vs. the NCAA.

“This court has extensive experience in these types of cases,” Egdorf said. “I suspect we’ll oppose (a change of venue motion).”

Egdorf estimated the Tour will take three to four weeks before filing the motion.

The Tour does not comment on ongoing litigation.