In the administrative dispute between the PGA and DP World Tour with the LIV, there are two positions. It arguably comes down to the Rahms and the McIlroys. They are almost conflicting political currents. Like the Jacobins and the Girondins, or the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.
Moderation or radicalism. In the first place is Jon Rahm, who this Tuesday, in his press conference prior to the Memorial, the ninth designated event on the separate majors calendar, once again broke a spear in favor of diplomacy and showed his annoyance that the dispute tarnish what many consider the Holy Grail of this sport, the Ryder Cup.
Jon Rahm, statements
Rahm was asked how he had accepted the impossibility of seeing Sergio García, the historic MVP of the Old Continent in this competition, 28.5 points (more than anyone else) and six victories behind him, in the team led by Luke Donald every time that the sanctions imposed by the DP World Tour have led several of the 'runaways' to renounce their affiliation to the circuit.
"I'm going to miss him. We formed a great partnership in Whistling Straits (headquarters in 2021). Spanish couples are at the foundation of the Ryder Cup, since Seve. It is sad that politics mark such a beautiful event. This is the best Europeans against the best Americans.
Spot. Who plays in LIV and who doesn't doesn't matter to me. It is difficult to believe that the best European in the history of the competition will not be in the team. He is unfortunate and I will miss him. Having said that, there are several Spaniards playing well at the moment and I hope they can be in the team", defended Rahmbo.
It is not the first time that the Biscayne has tried to build bridges in a conflict in which the interested parties have so far been more inclined to blow them up. And this particular issue touches Jon's heart, who in his first appearance, Paris 2018, did not manage to pair up with the man from Castellón.
Two years ago they did mix under the command of Padraig Harrington and they won all three of their matches together. It was the premiere of a combo that could still give joy (Sergio, the older of the two, turned 43 in January and still has a reel) but, after what has been seen, it will be difficult to repeat.
After his tirade, Rahm will have from this Thursday, when he will leave mainland Spain at 2:05 p.m. together with the American Collin Morikawa and the Australian Jason Day, a new opportunity to remove the thorn that stuck in Muirfield Village (Ohio, USA).
USA) in 2021, when he had to abandon being in the lead on the last day due to a stranger positive for COVID. He returned to the 'Bear's Den', the home of Jack Nicklaus, last year and once again haunted the top of the chart.
He finished tenth, a position that this week would not be enough for him to recover the number one in the world. There are two scenarios that would return him to the throne to the detriment of Scottie Scheffler, the guy with whom he has been fighting all season: win and the Texan is not second alone or be second alone and his rival does not reach a tie at two cushions in 16th place.
"I've been following him since he started. I have always thought that he plays golf very intelligently. He plays a lot like me: from left to right, and with a lot of power. I like what he does. I like the way he does it. There is fire in it.
He can get angry, which is okay because it usually helps him. Some golfers get angry and it destroys them, but instead Jon seems to help him, ”Nicklaus recently said of him in the New York Times. Perhaps he is spurred on these days by the patronage of which, by number of big wins, 18, is indisputably the GOAT of this.
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