Post Jon Rahm’s Deception, DP World Tour to Lift Its Ban on LIV Golfers? Masters Champion Opens Up About the Bigger Picture

Published 12/09/2023, 11:30 AM EST

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There is no smoke without a fire, as the case of Jon Rahm and LIV Golf’s $500 million deal proved the quote right. The rumors that were brewing for quite some time were proven to be correct on 7th December. The league has officially inducted Rahm as a LIV golfer.

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Now, the 2x major champ will don the LIV logo and potentially may not play any of the DP World Tour events. However, Rahm is hopeful of thinking the opposite, as he gave an interview to Su-Ann Heng and Jerry Foltz and discussed plans.

Jon Rahm wishes to keep his DPWT card and play the 2025 Ryder Cup 

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Jon Rahm is now part of the PIF-backed league, LIV Golf. The newly inducted member may now lose his PGA Tour and particularly DP World Tour membership as per the past trends. However, Rahm is hopeful that what has happened with previous LIV defectors will not repeat with him.

Appearing as the second guest for the LIV Golf podcast, Fairway to Heaven, Rahm discussed his thoughts behind the big move, and the rollback policy. Moreover, he discussed his future Ryder Cup feature, as the decision to move to LIV Golf threatens Rahm’s participation in the 2025 Ryder Cup because the DP World Tour suspended the previous defectors.

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However, Rahm expressed that he has “always been hopeful that if I made the step, the DP World Tour would maybe adapt the eligibility so we can play it (Ryder Cup).” He further declared about his plans to play in the European and American leagues. Rahm explained, “With that said, I absolutely pretend to keep my DP World status and my PGA Tour status and, be a member if possible if allowed, and play more events.”

The Spaniard has changed his league, however, he has expressed that nothing regarding his previous participation “is going to change in my mind.” However, things will probably change for the 2023 Ryder Cupper as he pulled back from participating in one of the PGA Tour events in 2024 as the defending champion.

Will Jon Rahm’s hope get fulfilled?

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After Jon Rahm’s defection was made public, the golfer was seen explaining how he wishes to keep his DP World Tour and PGA Tour cards and play the events whenever his schedule permits. However, the Spaniard had been absent from the January event of the PGA Tour.

The American Express next month will be held in the LA Quinta Country Club. Rahm is the defending champion of the event. Moreover, even before his official announcement’s release, he was missing from the events field of AmEx, which intensified the rumors further.

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Now, as the truth has been revealed, Rahm’s membership is hanging on hopes of mercy from both leagues. The PGA Tour and the DP World Tour have kept their silence and did not release any statement regarding Rahm’s defection. Will the leagues change their rules to not lose the reigning Masters champ? The future is bleak, but Rahm can hope for the best.

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