Dec 8th, 2023
Masters Champion Jon Rahm Joins LIV
2-time major winner is the latest star to leave the PGA Tour
Photography: LIV Golf
LIV Golf today announced that two-time major winner Jon Rahm, the reigning Masters champion, has joined LIV Golf. Rahm will compete in the LIV Golf League beginning next season, which kicks off February 2-4, 2024, at LIV Golf Mayakoba in Mexico.
The world number three's decision to leave the PGA Tour for the Saudi-funded circuit represents a huge U-turn.
Rahm had previously ruled out joining LIV since its inaugural season in 2022.
However the rumour mill had been in full swing of late, with growing murmurs of a move on the cards, and as of approx. 12am GMT, the move was announced.
“I am proud to join LIV Golf and be part of something new that is bringing growth to the sport,” said Rahm. “I have no doubt that this is a great opportunity for me and my family and am very excited for the future.”
“When I first met Jon at the age of 17, I knew then that the golfing world was about to witness the birth of a new star. Jon has consistently validated that he is one of the top players in the world. He’s a generational talent who has proven his merit as a multiple major champion and tremendous ambassador for global golf by placing the game ahead of himself,” said LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman.
“There are very few athletes with his pedigree of talent, leadership, poise, and commitment to bringing progress to the sport on a worldwide stage. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jon to the LIV Golf family as the league continues preparations for a huge 2024 and beyond.”
The two-time major winner is reportedly set to earn around £450m ($566.4m) as part of the deal but said he "can't comment" on the figure which was a "private business".
He was also critical of LIV's European players not being allowed to compete at the Ryder Cup this year.
Rory McIlroy has always strongly spoken out against LIV golf, but has accepted that the European Tour will need to "rewrite the rules" to allow Jon Rahm to be eligible for future Ryder Cups, after his move to LIV Golf.
"It's sad politics have got in the way of such a beautiful event," said Rahm earlier this year.
Thought it will be some time until we see who Luke Donald picks for his 2025 Ryder Cup Team, if Rahm maintains his world-class form, we will surely see him in Bethpage.