Arab Super League dreams of Rahm's coup



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Arab Super League dreams of Rahm's coup
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Not just Scottie Scheffler, world number 1. Jon Rahm, third in the world ranking, is also said to be in negotiations with the Arab Super League. The Spaniard, one of the emblems of European golf, could decide to leave the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour and move to LIV Golf financed by the PIF.

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This could also explain the Basque's decision not to join the new technological green league founded by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the start of which was postponed from 2024 to 2025. Just as the resignation from the PGA Tour policy board could also find explanations of McIlroy, in strong contrast with commissioner Jay Monahan.

All this, while the framework agreement between PGA Tour and LIV Golf seems to have stalled on a dead end. Rumors and indiscretions are once again shaking the world of global golf. LIV Golf, whose tournaments are still not recognized by the world rankings, has targeted two very champions such as Scheffler and Rahm.

He attended Arizona State University and won 11 college tournaments, second only to Phil Mickelson who won 16 titles. In 2015 he participated as an amateur in the Phoenix Open, finishing fifth. On April 1 he became first in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and remained there for 25 weeks, then regained the position and held it for another 35 weeks.

He thus qualified for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship the following year: in the first of the two tournaments he came twenty-third, then turned professional, simultaneously losing the right to play in the Open. The Quicken Loans National was his first professional event and he finished third.

The Canadian Open instead saw him come second. At the end of the season he obtained a card for the 2017 PGA Tour. Rahm found his first success in the Farmers Insurance Open thanks to an eagle on the last hole[5], managing to enter the major tournaments on the world scene.

At the Mexico Championship, an event in the World Golf Championships series, he finished third, two strokes behind the winner Dustin Johnson[6], while in the second event, the Dell Technologies Match Play, he lost the final against Johnson himself.

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