Jan 31st, 2024
LEGION XIII UNVEILED AS LIV GOLF’S FIRST EXPANSION TEAM
Latest team announced with signing of Tyrrell Hatton
LIV Golf today announced its first expansion team, Legion XIII, the first new team to join the league since its inception in 2022. Captained by two-time major winner and reigning Masters champion, Jon Rahm, Legion XIII will begin competing at the league’s season-opening event, LIV Golf Mayakoba, teeing off this Friday at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
“We’ve come a long way in a short period of time and are extremely proud of the team and brand we are building,” said Rahm. “As we were developing the team’s brand it became clear that I wanted to fight alongside a group of guys who aligned perfectly with what the team stands for.
Tyrrell is a fierce competitor, proven champion, and of course my Ryder Cup teammate. Caleb is one of the brightest next gen stars of the game. And Kieran is a steady, talented ball striker who earned his promotion to LIV and is elevating his game every day.”
“The introduction of Legion XIII is a testament to LIV Golf’s continued growth as our league builds for the long-term,” said LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman.
“Jon Rahm is one of the top competitors in the world and his team will make an immediate impact on the league both on and off the golf course. I’m thrilled to welcome his new teammates, Ryder Cup star Tyrrell Hatton and young gun Caleb Surratt, along with LIV Golf Promotions standout Kieran Vincent, who will undoubtedly be great additions to the league. This is another exciting moment in the natural evolution of LIV Golf and the future for the sport.”
BEHIND THE BRAND: LEGION XIII
“I wanted to go down the warrior spirit mythology side for the team's name,” said Rahm. “The term loyalty is very important for me – I think it embodies the warrior spirit through its decisiveness and ready-for-battle mindset. During the Roman Empire, there was the iconic Legion XIII Gemina in Caesar’s army. They believed in the credo of faithful loyalty.”
“Our first expansion team had to offer something new for fans to get involved with,” said LIV Golf Creative Director Will Newell. “This Legion, this collective, is all about bringing people together as a force to be reckoned with. Jon’s no-nonsense attitude fuels Legion XIII – all-heart, no half-measures and never afraid to be exactly who you are.”
“The XIII portion of the name was appealing early in the process as it fit the structure of captain (X) and the three players in the lineup (III),” said Rahm. “Plus, we are the 13th team in the league. As for the logo, that was something I was also very passionate about. The soccer team I grew up following (Athletic Bilbao) is called the Lions. It’s just a fierce animal that everybody respects and fears at the same time.”
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Final rosters for the 2024 season will be unveiled tomorrow. LIV Golf competition begins February 2 in Mexico, the kickoff to the league’s 14 tournament schedule in new and returning markets across the world. Fans are encouraged to sign up for free to LIV X to receive exclusive updates and access, including information on hospitality tickets and grounds passes for LIV Golf events which include live music and fan activities for all ages.