Jon Rahm is out of the top-6 after 1,744 days

The collateral damage for Jon Rahm following his signing with LIV Golf is starting to become apparent

by Andrea Gussoni
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Jon Rahm is out of the top-6 after 1,744 days
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The collateral damage for Jon Rahm following his signing with LIV Golf is starting to become apparent. Both on the course, where he has had two lackluster performances in this year's majors, and in the world rankings, where the Barrika native faces a free fall by playing in the Saudi super league, an organization not recognized by the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

After missing the cut at last week's PGA Championship, Rahm woke up this Monday in the seventh spot in the world rankings, having dropped two positions in the latest tournament. It's the first time that the Spaniard is not among the top six in the ranking since August 11, 2019, 249 weeks or 1,744 days later, however you want to see it.

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In fact, since September 29 of that year, Jon has always been in the top 5 worldwide except for eight weeks in 2022, when he went through a small slump in results, especially in majors, the tournaments that OWGR rewards the most.

Rahm also held the top spot in the global ranking on six different occasions, totaling 52 weeks at the top of the ranking, making him the ninth player in history to spend the most time as number one. Jon is nine weeks away, by the way, from equaling the record of his idol Severiano Ballesteros, although returning to the top will be impossible for the Biscayan as long as LIV Golf is not recognized by the organization in charge of the world ranking.

The battle for the Saudi super league to have its tournaments count for official points in the OWGR is lost, as LIV decided to withdraw its application a few months ago when they saw it wasn't going anywhere. The format of three rounds, no cut, by teams, and many other variants, is something that doesn't convince the Official World Golf Ranking, and Rahm is one of the many members of LIV who are falling in the world ranking.

His consolation is that his presence in majors, which he has always secured through this ranking, is guaranteed in the near future (he can play Augusta for life, the US Open until 2031, and the PGA and the British until 2028) due to his recent successes, and logic dictates that when those exemptions expire, there will have been an agreement between the PGA Tour and PIF to resolve the dilemma facing golf.

Rahm, who started the season as the third in the world ranking, was surpassed this past weekend by two of his Ryder Cup teammates: Norwegian Viktor Hovland, fifth, and Swedish Ludvig Aberg, sixth despite his precocity. Xander Schauffele, who lifted his first major at Valhalla, jumped to the second spot in the OWGR, albeit far from number one, occupied by Scottie Scheffler who won't relinquish the top spot for a long time.

Rory McIlroy, overtaken by Schauffele, dropped to third place. After Rahm, you have to go down to number 18 to find another LIV player, Tyrrell Hatton, who, like Jon, joined the Saudi circuit for this 2024, so his drop is not very pronounced yet.

Further down, only seven more LIV players appear in the top 100: Bryson DeChambeau (35th), Brooks Koepka (39th), Cameron Smith (66th), Adrian Meronk (69th), Joaquín Niemann (88th), Lucas Herbert (91st), and Patrick Reed (92nd).

Most of them, distant from a position that resembles reality, hold on to their status among the best thanks to their performances in majors or the points they accumulate in their participations in the Asian Tour, a recognized circuit in which they can compete.

As for the three-way battle to be the second Spanish player to compete in the Olympic Games, there have been no changes this week. David Puig, from LIV, remains in pole position to accompany Rahm in Paris despite losing three spots and dropping to number 112 worldwide.

The Barcelona native, who missed the first cut of his professional career at this PGA Championship, is closely followed by another Spaniard who also failed to make it to the weekend in Valhalla, Adrián Otaegui (115th), and by Jorge Campillo (116th) who was not present at the second major of the year. Among these three golfers will be the second Spanish representative at Le Golf National from August 1 to 4.

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