Jon Rahm: "I may be seen on TV a little less"

Jon Rahm is aware of the "change in the world of golf" brought about by his recent joining the LIV Golf starting next season, the Super League financed by the Sovereign Fund of Saudi Arabia

by Andrea Gussoni
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Jon Rahm: "I may be seen on TV a little less"
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Jon Rahm is aware of the "change in the world of golf" brought about by his recent joining the LIV Golf starting next season, the Super League financed by the Sovereign Fund of Saudi Arabia.

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"I am under very strict instructions not to hold public events due to the change that I have given to the world of golf last week," said Rahm, after being recognized this Wednesday in Bilbao with the 'Dama Bilbaína 2023' award granted by the Bilbao Society.

-private club founded in 1839 that has around a thousand members- in recognition of his sporting career. The 'Lion of Barrika' was "excited" with the award and also somewhat overwhelmed by the presence of the media, summoned by the organizers.

"I didn't think there would be any cameras and that it was going to be a little more intimate. It is an honor to be one of just twenty people or institutions that have been awarded this award, because it means that I have done something special in my career ", although he confessed that he feels like "someone normal who doesn't do anything different from anyone" of those who were in the room.

"You just see me more on TV and that's it. Maybe a little less in the future at the moment. But hey, let's hope it changes," Rahm joked, implicitly alluding to his departure from the PGA Tour, the American golf circuit. Rahm played successful college golf for Arizona State University.

During this time he won 11 titles and led the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a total of 60 weeks.After graduating, he became a professional golfer in 2016. In the first year of his professional career, he confirmed his good results and temporarily reached second place in the world rankings.

Rahm won, among other things, the Dubai World Championship, the final tournament of the European Tour, in 2017 and 2019. In July 2020, Jon Rahm reached the top of the world golf rankings for the first time with his victory at the Memorial.

Rahm was the 24th player and the second Spaniard after Severiano Ballesteros to top the world rankings. He lost his top spot to Justin Thomas two weeks later, but regained it after the PGA Championships, only to lose it again to Dustin Johnson two weeks later.

After Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, Rahm was the third player to top the world rankings among both amateurs and professionals.

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