Jon Rahm Withdraws from Inaugural TGL Season
Reigning Masters champion cites commitment issues as reason for withdrawal
Jon Rahm, the No. 3-ranked golfer in the world, has announced his decision to pull out of the inaugural season of TGL (Tech-Infused Golf League), a new league spearheaded by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. The Spanish golfer confirmed his withdrawal in a statement on Thursday, citing a lack of commitment as the primary reason.
The TGL season is set to commence in January, with weekly matches scheduled to take place at the SoFi Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. However, Rahm expressed his regret at not being able to participate in the league at this time.
“I am sad to confirm that I will not be participating in the first TGL season,” Rahm wrote. “While I still think it’s a great opportunity, right now it would require a level of commitment that I can’t offer. Best of luck to everyone involved, and may the best team win!”
TGL officials responded to Rahm’s withdrawal, expressing their understanding and respect for his decision. They also stated that they are actively working to find a replacement for Rahm on the 24-player roster.
Sources close to the situation revealed that Rahm’s decision was influenced, in part, by the extensive travel required to reach South Florida, as the golfer currently resides in Arizona.
Meanwhile, on the same day as Rahm’s announcement, the Boston Common Golf franchise unveiled its complete roster, which includes world No. 2 golfer Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Adam Scott, and Tyrrell Hatton.
McIlroy expressed his excitement about joining the Boston Common Golf team and representing the rich sports culture of Boston and New England. He praised TGL for bringing a unique dimension to the game and emphasized the opportunity to build lasting connections and foster regional pride.
The Boston franchise is owned by Fenway Sports Group, which also owns the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fenway Sports Group principal owner John Henry commended the four golfers for their exceptional achievements and highlighted their potential for success in this groundbreaking venture.
Earlier this week, Atlanta Drive GC announced that Justin Thomas, a two-time major championship winner, would be their first player. Los Angeles Golf Club also added Collin Morikawa, another two-time major championship winner, to their roster.
With Jon Rahm’s withdrawal, TGL faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement for the talented golfer. As the league prepares for its inaugural season, golf fans eagerly await the exciting matchups and unique experiences that TGL promises to deliver.