Jon Rahm has made a major decision to join LIV Golf, a league that originated in Saudi Arabia in 2022. This move has caused a significant shift in the world of golf. In exchange for a substantial amount of money, which is rumored to be over 520 million euros, Rahm will be leaving the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour to join LIV Golf. This league has already attracted other Spanish golfers such as Sergio García, Eugenio López Chacarra, and David Puig.
The magnitude of this figure is almost equivalent to the total amount of money that the PGA Tour has distributed in all of its tournaments in 2023. Rahm’s signing elevates LIV Golf to a new level and creates a significant impact on the world of golf. There is also speculation about a possible agreement between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour before December 31, as the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has initiated the process to become a majority partner of the American circuit.
LIV Golf has attracted some of the top golfers, including two of the last four Major winners, Rahm and Brooks Koepka. Additionally, it has 13 golfers who have at least one major in their career. The league has also seen success in recent Grand Slam tournaments, with seven out of the last 15 being won by their players. Five players who have led the world ranking have also joined the rebel competition.
Rahm’s contract with LIV Golf is the largest in the history of world sport, surpassing the amount earned by Leo Messi during his time at Barcelona. In addition to the fixed amount, Rahm and the other 48 players in the league will compete in 13 tournaments in 2024, with a prize of four million dollars for the winner of each event.
Rahm’s decision to join LIV Golf was not solely based on financial reasons. He has always emphasized the importance of tradition in golf and has expressed his desire to play in a global concept. He has found the idea of playing in teams and the approach to golf in LIV Golf to be attractive. As a result, he did not want to wait for a final resolution between the PGA Tour and LIV, which could potentially allow him to play in the conventional American circuit.
Rahm’s move to LIV Golf may also influence other players, such as Tony Finau, to join the league. It is unclear how this decision will affect his participation in the Ryder Cup. However, the new climate created by the agreement suggests that players who are members of the DP World Tour will still be eligible to compete.
LIV Golf has been interested in Rahm since its inception, and there were offers made to him last year. The league’s CEO, Greg Norman, has been keen on bringing Rahm on board. The LIV season is set to begin in February and will include a tournament in Spain in July, just before the British Open.
Overall, Rahm’s decision to join LIV Golf marks a significant shift in the world of golf and has the potential to influence other players to follow suit.
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