After weeks of speculation and rumour, two-time major champion Jon Rahm has made the switch to LIV Golf.
Golf.com have reported Rahm had jumped ship citing the innovative format and the tournaments in different countries for his decision to join LIV Golf.
On Thursday the upstart circuit backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund made arguably its best acquisition yet in world No. 3 Jon Rahm. The 29-year-old is the reigning Masters champion as well as the 2021 U.S. Open champion who also boasts 11 PGA Tour and 10 DP World Tour wins.
The writing has been on the wall for weeks. Rahm backed out of the TGL – the new tech-infused league led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy – before the league was postponed until 2025. He also wasn’t listed in the field for the PGA Tour’s upcoming American Express next month, where he’s the defending champion.
Geoff Shackelford does a great job of wrapping up the news.
It might be the richest contract ever given to an athlete. Rahm told Fox News’ Bret Baier that the advance money is “private and it’s going to stay private,” then proceeded to suggest he does not play for the money but wanted to give his family the “resources” necessary. The old put food on the table play which does actually work in some circles. Moments later, after having it pointed out that he’s made negative statements about LIV in the past, Rahm wheeled out his first of what are expected to be many “grow the game” pronouncements.
No mention was made of the money offered to lure Rahm across. Reportedly in the realm of US$600million.