The golf world has been rocked by the surprising news of Rory McIlroy's resignation from the PGA Tour's policy board, where he held the position of "player director". The decision of the men's green number 2 was motivated by professional and personal commitments, as stated in a letter sent to the entire board of the top American men's circuit.
However, the rift created with the PGA Tour board and commissioner Jay Monahan may have been another reason for the champion to abandon his position.
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This is particularly significant when you consider the support McIlroy has shown over the past two years on the PGA Tour against the advancing Arab Super League, in partnership with Tiger Woods.
His surprise at the framework agreement announced by the PGA Tour and LIV Golf last June is well known. The entry of Tiger Woods into the policy board, with which McIlroy founded a new golf league, may have only tried to stop the situation.
However, McIlroy's decision to leave the PGA Tour board cannot be understated. Jon Rahm Rodríguez (Barrica, Vizcaya, November 10, 1994) is a Spanish professional golfer, current number 3 in the world. He was number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for sixty weeks, holding the absolute record as number one in said classification.
He started as a professional in 2016, the year in which he participated in the United States Open, which he would win only five years later, on June 20, 2021, making him the first Spanish golfer to win this tournament. In 2017 he was champion of the San Diego Open, the Irish Open and the Dubai World Championship.
On July 19, 2020, he won the Memorial Tournament (Ohio) and reached the number one position in the PGA world golf rankings, ousting Rory McIlroy, thus becoming the twenty-fourth number one in history, the tenth European and the second Spaniard after Severiano Ballesteros.
In 2023 he became champion of the Augusta Masters (the fourth Spaniard after Severiano Ballesteros, Jose María Olazábal and Sergio García) and won his second Ryder Cup (2018, 2023) with the European team.
Jon Rahm was born on November 10, 1994 in Barrica, Vizcaya, son of Edorta Rahm, born in Bilbao, and Ángela Rodríguez, born in Madrid. His paternal surname Rahm comes from Switzerland. In 2007 he won a prize when his father took him to the Real Club de Golf Valderrama to watch the Volvo Masters live; Jon had already been playing golf for about three years.
His first contacts with golf were at the Martiartu Sports Club; Later he trained at the Larrabea Golf Club. At that Volvo Masters, Jon, aged thirteen, asked for autographs from some of the players with whom he competed a few years later.