Jon Rahm to join LIV Golf, a major upheaval in the uncertain world of golf.
Jon Rahm to join LIV Golf, a major upheaval in the uncertain world of golf
The most important piece on the board in professional golf’s ongoing chess match now belongs to LIV Golf. Jon Rahm — two-time major winner, defending Masters champion, world No. 3 and Ryder Cup icon — will leave the PGA Tour and join LIV Golf starting in the 2024 season, As mentioned in a new report in the Wall Street Journal.
Implications of Rahm’s Departure
The move of such a major player in golf’s world order comes at a precipitous time for the sport. The PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the financial backer of LIV Golf, are facing a Dec. 31 deadline to formalize an agreement, announced in June, that would end legal hostilities between the two and lay the foundation for the sport going forward. Rahm’s leap to LIV could be seen as an act of aggression by LIV, although a do-not-poach agreement between the two leagues that was initially part of the agreement was scrapped. It’s also a sign that the PIF is willing to invest heavily in LIV’s future viability.
Rahm’s Personal Decision
On a personal level, Rahm’s departure is a significant shock given how opposed he had been to both the riches and the format of LIV Golf in the past.