Jon Rahm Ditches The PGA Tour and Joins LIV Golf in a Revolutionary Upsetting Deal

Published 12/07/2023, 6:35 PM EST

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The deal has been sealed. Jon Rahm and LIV Golf are now official. Former PGA Tour player Rahm had been raking the headlines for a speculated LIV Golf move since the 2023 Ryder Cup. The golfing silo had its doubts about the reigning Masters champion’s moves—which escalated after the golfer decided to withdraw from the PGAT-backed TGL weeks ago. 

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The move has happened at the 29-year-old golf star’s career peak after the player enjoyed a successful year with four wins, including the Masters, and contributing to Europe’s Ryder Cup victory. Rahm’s move to the breakaway league will have a massive impact on the golfing landscape. The announcement has become the talk of golf town with people questioning Rahm’s motive behind his move.

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The world no. 3, has taken the golf world on a roll after signing the deal with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. Jon Rahm put all the rumors to rest through his recent tweet in which he confirmed the news of becoming the newest addition to LIV Golf.

In the tweet, the Spaniard shared his thoughts on the newest chapter of his golfing career with LIV Golf and how he is looking forward to contributing more to the golfing world through his recent move and stated, “I am proud to join @livgolf_league  and be part of something new that is bringing growth to the sport. I have no doubt that this is a great opportunity for me and my family and am very excited for the future.”

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Rahm’s LIV Golf shift, studded with a picture of him shaking hands with Greg Norman, is now seen as part of the larger scape of changes in professional golf—especially with negotiations between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf facing recent challenges. 

In a move so ‘silent’ that most of the golf world almost did not buy it. In recent times, there have been conversations about how the golfer has come forth and addressed issues more menial in comparison to the LIV rumors, but his muted move from PGAT to LIV Golf this time had already confirmed a lot more than any statement could have. But now the question arises why after all this time?

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Lately, there has been a lot unfolding on the PGAT side as well. The tour’s framework agreement with Saudi Arabia’s PIF in June aimed to end antitrust litigation but has opened both entities to U.S. government scrutiny. The PGA Tour is also considering financial backing from various companies, which has been seen as many, a move to have an addition or potentially a PIF alternative. The move has now also expectedly raised questions about the tour’s financial future.

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Rahm’s decision to join LIV Golf could have a deeper effect on the very delicate balance between the two circuits, which also means that it could potentially end their detente. The news, surfacing just weeks before the PGA Tour’s deadline to settle a deal with PIF, has stirred reactions from PGA Tour veterans. Rahm’s departure from the PGAT is going to change a lot of things, not only for the player but for the PGA Tour and LIV Golf as well. Now, what awaits on the other end, only time will tell. Till then, stay tuned.

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