Jon Rahm, refusals from Ryder Cup partners

Jon Rahm, the 2023 Masters winner, is currently facing difficulties in strengthening his team on the Rebel Tour, despite his great fame

by Andrea Gussoni
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Jon Rahm, refusals from Ryder Cup partners
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Jon Rahm, the 2023 Masters winner, is currently facing difficulties in strengthening his team on the Rebel Tour, despite his great fame. It seems that the Spaniard suffered two significant refusals from members of the European Ryder Cup team who triumphed in Italy on October 1.

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According to Telegraph Sport, Jon Rahm continues his efforts to recruit among the members of the latest European Ryder Cup selection. However, he reportedly received refusals from Tommy Fleetwood and one of the Danish twins, Nicolai Højgaard, to join LIV Golf, the tour funded by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), during of its third year of existence.

Just two weeks before the first tournament in Mexico, Jon Rahm has still not revealed the official name of his team or that of his future teammates. Tyrrell Hatton, who had partnered with Rahm in Rome during the Ryder Cup, is now reportedly being courted by Rahm, after Tommy Fleetwood and Nicolai Højgaard declined offers from LIV Golf.

Hatton, ranked 15th in the world, never showed interest in LIV Golf, even when his compatriot Ian Poulter, who hosted him during his PGA Tour debut, signed a contract with the Saudis. However, an offer appears to have been made to Hatton, and it could possibly convince him to join Rahm's team.

The rumors of a possible departure of the Englishman are reminiscent of the previous episode with Tony Finau, who had considered joining LIV Golf before backing out at the last minute. Furthermore, negotiations with Wyndham Clark, the winner of the US Open, seem to be at an impasse.

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.

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