The Arabs are now targeting Hatton and Finau

In the meantime, negotiations continue between LIV Golf and the American Scottie Scheffler: after the successful recruitment of Rahm, the world number 1, Scheffler, represents the other great opportunity for the Arab Super League.

by Andrea Gussoni
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The Arabs are now targeting Hatton and Finau
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After having revolutionized the world of traditional golf through the recruitment of Jon Rahm, number 3 in the world and among the top players of the Europe team in the Ryder Cup, the Arab Super League continues to make progress on an economic level.

The green circuit financed by the Public Investment Fund (Pif) is now looking for Tyrrell Hatton and Tony Finau, respectively in 12th and 21st place in the world ranking. Hatton, the English champion, played with Rahm in the Ryder Cup in Rome, while Finau, an American, is a great friend of the Iberian and like him lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Now both could be Rahm's new and future teammates.

Jon Rahm, situation

In the meantime, negotiations continue between LIV Golf and the American Scottie Scheffler: after the successful recruitment of Rahm, the world number 1, Scheffler, represents the other great opportunity for the Arab Super League.

He attended Arizona State University, winning eleven college tournaments, placing second only to Phil Mickelson with sixteen titles. In 2015, he participated in the Phoenix Open as an amateur, managing to place fifth. On April 1, he became first in the world amateur golf rankings, holding that spot for 25 weeks, then regaining it for another 35 weeks.

He later qualified for the U.S. Open and the following year's Open Championship where he achieved a twenty-third place. Rahm later turned professional, unfortunately losing the right to participate in the Open. Rahm competed in his first professional event at the Quicken Loans National, taking third place.

Subsequently, he finished second at the Canadian Open. At the end of the season, Rahm obtained the qualifying card for the 2017 PGA Tour. Rahm's first major success occurred during the Insurance Open thanks to an incredible shot on the last hole, which allowed him to participate in major tournaments of world golf.

Rahm finished third at the Mexico Championship, a World Golf Championships event, losing by two shots to winner Dustin Johnson. In the final of the Dell Technologies Match Play, Rahm was defeated again by Johnson. He later won the Irish Open and the final tournament of the European Tour season, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, by six strokes, also winning the rookie of the year award.

The year 2018 opened with a second place at the Tournament of Champions, once again behind athlete Dustin Johnson. However, the season saw triumph at the CareerBuilder Challenge, which allowed him to reach second position in the rankings.

Victory at the Spanish Open and the 2018 Ryder Cup with the European team further consolidated his position. The season concluded with the title at the Hero World Challenge in December. In 2019 he achieved further success at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a third place at the U.S.

Open. Subsequently, he defended the title at the Spanish Open and was the fiery winner of the Irish Open. In the final period of the season he triumphed at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, thus earning the top spot in the Race to Dubai and the title of European Tour Golfer of the Year.

In the year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spanish player has distinguished himself in various golf competitions. Thanks to his victory at the Memorial Tournament, he managed to reach first place in the world rankings, becoming the second Spaniard in history to win this prestigious title, after Severiano Ballesteros.

In August he also won the BMW Championship, defeating Dustin Johnson in the playoff. However, in June 2021, he was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test, even though he was leading the competition by six strokes at the end of the third round.

Fortunately, already on June 20 he achieved his first victory in a major tournament, at U.S. Open. In July he placed third at the Open Championship, tied with Louis Oosthuizen. In October, he triumphed for the second time in the 2023 Ryder Cup.

On December 12, 2023, it was announced that the Spanish golfer would move to the Saudi LIV Golf circuit, leaving the PGA Tour. The agreement provides for a three-year participation and an estimated income of around 550 million euros.

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