December 07, (THEWILL) – Two-time major champion Jon Rahm is reportedly set to leave the PGA Tour and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series. The news comes as a major blow to the PGA Tour, which is already struggling to compete with LIV’s deep financial resources.
Rahm, the 2023 Masters champion and current number three ranked player in the world, has been one of the most vocal critics of LIV Golf in the past. However, it appears that the lure of a massive financial windfall has ultimately proved too tempting for the 29-year-old Spaniard.
The exact terms of Rahm’s deal with LIV Golf have not been disclosed, but it is believed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. This makes him one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, and it is clear that money has played a major role in his decision to join LIV.
Rahm’s defection to LIV Golf is a major setback for the PGA Tour, which is already facing significant challenges from the Saudi-backed series. The PGA Tour has been losing players to LIV at an alarming rate, and it is now unclear how it will be able to compete with LIV’s financial muscle.
Negotiations for cooperation between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf have stalled in recent months, and Rahm’s move could strain the relationship between the two circuits further. LIV Golf is entering its third season in 2024, with a 14-event schedule starting in February.