‘Rarely Got to Spend’: Jon Rahm Evokes His Emotional Side While Justifying His LIV Golf Move

Published 12/19/2023, 12:18 PM EST

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While the move of Jon Rahm to LIV Golf was rumored to happen for a long time, it still came as a shock for many. After announcing his switch, many people assumed several reasons behind his move. While money was probably the most lucrative and transparent factor, there was another reason that pushed him to the other side.

With his $566 million deal, the Spaniard has secured a financial future for himself as well as for his family. Or, as Paige Spiranac called it, “generational wealth.” He also benefited himself and his loved ones with the added factor of spending more quality time with them. The 2023 Masters winner opened up about the struggles he faced with his children while competing on the PGA Tour.

Jon Rahm’s family time suffered on the PGA Tour


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Jon Rahm sat down for a special interview with the team of Golf’s Subpar podcast. In the episode, the golfer reflected on the downside of the long schedule of the PGA Tour with which he was associated until recently. Reflecting on the shortage of time spent with his children, he recalled that he tries to make breakfast for his sons, and take his first son, Kepa to school.

To be a better father for them, he mentioned that he usually tries his best to just do the normal ‘dad’ things with them like picking them up from school. However, these precious moments were hard to come by when he was playing on the PGAT schedule. He saysI rarely get to spend one one-on-one time with each one and be quality time because usually I’m playing and have to share those hours that I have with them”


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Rahm is blessed with two sons, Kepa Cahill Rahm, born in 2021, and Eneko Cahill Rahm, born in 2022. And getting to spend time with them is one of the things he looks forward to in the off-season. He adds, “It’s really fun to be with both of them.” Talking about his off time, he also hysterically mentioned that he is “glad” that his children “haven’t gotten sick of me yet.”

Unlike the PGA Tour, LIV Golf plays only limited tournaments with time gaps within them. Plus every event of theirs is a three-week event from Friday to Sunday, unlike the American tour which runs for 4 days. In his words, besides money, family is the primary concern in his mind while making the move.


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Providing for family is another reason for Rahm’s joining LIV

After the announcement of his switch, Rahm issued a long statement in which he highlighted how this decision was in the best of his family’s interest. He had said, “I’m an ambitious person but I’m not a greedy one. But as a husband, as a father, and as a family man I have a duty to them to give them the most amount of opportunities and the most amount of resources possible.”

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While many golfers join LIV Golf for money, some golfers give importance to its three-day format. And for Rahm, this is a great boon. The decision to switch impacts him greatly. Now on LIV, he can spend a generous amount of time with his family, while providing for them in the way he intended to.

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Written by:

Shafaque Taha


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I am Shafaque Taha, a senior golf writer at EssentiallySports, and here I am living my dream as a storyteller. Combining the knowledge from my master's degree in English literature, which was driven purely out of my passion for reading and writing, with my interest in the serendipity that I believe golf brings, I look to bring words to life for readers with my niche golf coverage. My love for the sport stems from the calming greens and the rush of adrenaline one feels when on them, and I especially enjoy watching LPGA Tour professionals in action.
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