LIV Golf has made a significant acquisition by securing the services of Jon Rahm, who has decided to switch from the PGA Tour to join the Saudi Arabian-funded golf league. The move, which has been the subject of speculation for weeks, is reported to be a staggering £450 million deal. The 29-year-old Masters champion's departure is a major setback for the PGA Tour.
The announcement confirming Rahm's move to LIV Golf followed teasers from the league about signing new players. Rahm expressed his reasons for the decision, citing the changes and innovations in the golf landscape over the past two years. The lure of LIV Golf's growth and the overall attractiveness of the package played a pivotal role in his choice. Rahm acknowledged the significance of the deal, emphasizing its positive aspects.
Rahm, who earlier mentioned that $400 million would not alter his lifestyle, is now reported to have committed to a deal worth £450 million. Despite the financial considerations, Rahm highlighted that his decision was multi-faceted and aimed at what he believed was best for him and his family. Taking to social media, he expressed pride in joining LIV Golf and being part of a new venture that contributes to the sport's growth, expressing excitement for the future.
Having secured his position in the majors with a victory at the Masters, Rahm's move to LIV Golf does not impede his aspirations of adding to his major titles. Questions may arise regarding his eligibility for the Ryder Cup, given recent cases of players being overlooked for European selection after joining LIV. However, with the next Ryder Cup scheduled for 2025, Rahm's departure is a significant blow to the PGA Tour and a substantial boost for LIV Golf, hoping to showcase Rahm in the season opener at Mayakoba in February.