Former Arizona State legend, Jon Rahm announced today on Fox News that he will leave the PGA tour for the Saudi-based LIV Golf League. The deal is projected to be worth around 500 million dollars.
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. pic.twitter.com/myf4isJgJ3
— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) December 7, 2023
Rahm is currently the #3 golfer in the World but is one of the most electric players on the PGA. He won the Masters and had four wins last year. Rahm is a two-time major champion and one of the big faces of the tour. This is a major blow to the PGA Tour, which had its sights on merging with LIV this year.
LIV was established last year as a Saudi-funded golf league. It took the world by storm after grabbing some of the biggest faces of the PGA, like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Phil Mickelson. However, it was largely regarded as a place for washed players to go to retire nicely. Landing Jon Rahm has completely turned that upside down.
Rahm is already being bashed online for making this move, mostly because he shot down LIV rumors last year.
🚨👀🔙 #LOOKING BACK — Jon Rahm ripped LIV: “Shot gun 3 days to me is not a golf tournament , no cut. I wanna play against the best in the world in a format that’s been going on for 100s of years. Would my lifestyle change if I got $400M? Not one bit.” pic.twitter.com/wPyPLDV8Or
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) December 7, 2023
However, rumors have been swirling for months regarding Jon Rahm possibly leaving for LIV, and he finally did it. This will effect the golf world in a lot of ways, and it will be interesting to see how the PGA tour handles the next month.