Butch Harmon's surprising reaction to Jon Rahm joining LIV Golf

"I think they're going to have to push to get the PGA Tour together with LIV"

by Sead Dedovic
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Butch Harmon's surprising reaction to Jon Rahm joining LIV Golf
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Jon Rahm has officially confirmed his contract signing with LIV Golf after weeks of rumors. Naturally, many reactions appeared. Butch Harmon sees potential positives for both sides in this move, although many highlight the PGA Tour's seen loss.

Harmon believes it could potentially ease negotiations between PIF and the PGA Tour. "I think the more you see some of these players defect to the LIV tournament, it's going to make it easier for everyone to get back together again," Harmon said, quoted by skysports.com!

"This may be the start of making that happen. I think they're going to have to push to get the PGA Tour together with LIV, and the DP World Tour, get them to talk and try to figure out a way for them to all live happily together." Golf fans want to see the best golfers in one place.

When the top players aren't present in a tournament, it loses its appeal, making it challenging to anticipate significant viewership. The best solution at the moment is a merger, but the question is whether an agreement will be reached by December 31.

"You may see LIV continuing to live the way they are, or you might see someone from the European tour and the American tour to be able to go back and forth and play one of each. They've said all along that will never happen but what happened [with Rahm] is going to bring this closer to fruition and get them all to the same events at the same time.

And that's all we want as fans."

Rich Beem reacts

Sky Sports golf expert, Rich Beem believes that 'something is happening behind the scenes' Beem put special emphasis on the threat posed by LIV Golf to the PGA Tour when it comes to financial power.

"I absolutely think that. The PGA Tour has had problems financially. I think that's one of the reasons they had to get away from the litigation they were having with the Saudi-backed tour. They were losing a lot of money that way, and they had to increase their prize money."

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