Rahm moves to Liv Golf for 550 million dollars

The well-known Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, two-time Major champion and emblematic figure of European golf, has decided to join LIV Golf, accepting an offer of over 550 million dollars

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rahm moves to Liv Golf for 550 million dollars
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The well-known Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, two-time Major champion and emblematic figure of European golf, has decided to join LIV Golf, accepting an offer of over 550 million dollars. This choice led him to abandon the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, but Rahm says it is the best decision for himself and his family.

During the statements, the player admitted that financial advantages were one of the important factors in his choice and that he is not worried about the reactions of the public or insiders.

Jon Rahm, statements

However, Rahm's future in the Ryder Cup and the Olympics is now at risk, as the Arab Super League tournaments are not yet recognized by the Official World Ranking.

Rahm said he loved the Ryder Cup and hoped to participate in many more editions in the future, but accepted that the risk of no longer being part of it was a consequence of his choice. Although the exact figures of the contract have not been communicated, for many experts, as reported by the newspaper Marca, the agreement between Rahm and LIV Golf represents the largest economic contract in the history of world sport.

After the US Open, Jon Rahm joined the professional ranks, which invalidated his qualification for the 2016 British Open. In his first tournament as a professional, the Quicken loans National, he was in the lead, alone or tied, for the first two rounds, and finally finished third, four strokes behind the winner Billy Hurley III.

This performance allowed him to qualify again for the British Open, the Quicken Loans National being one of the qualifying tournaments. He finished 2nd at the RBC Canadian Open, securing special temporary member status on the PGA Tour for the remainder of the season.

He also obtained enough points as a non-member to earn a card on the PGA Tour for the 2017 season. On January 29, 2017, he won the Farmers Insurance Open thanks to a 60-foot putt for Eagle on the last hole. A few weeks later, he announced that he would also play on the PGA5 European Tour.

In March, he played the first World Golf Championships tournaments of his career, the WGC-Mexico Championship which he finished 3rd, then the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, a match-play tournament in which he finished 2nd, beaten in the final by the world number 1, the American Dustin Johnson.

He won his second title of the year, and the first on the European tour, during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with a 6-stroke lead over the runners-up.

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