Jon Rahm’s Decision Sparks Speculation About His Future in Golf
By Reuters | Nov 6, 2023, 04:02 PM ET
When Jon Rahm recently announced his withdrawal from TGL, the new indoor golf league led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, it immediately fueled rumors of a potential departure from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.
However, McIlroy has a different perspective on the matter.
During a press conference for his TGL team, Boston Common, on Monday, the four-time major champion revealed that Rahm had given him the impression that he intends to remain with the PGA Tour.
“I spoke to Jon a couple of days ago and I would be very, very surprised if that were to happen,” McIlroy stated confidently. “I’m pretty certain that Jon is committed to being a PGA Tour player.”
Rahm, the reigning Masters champion, made the decision to withdraw from TGL last Thursday, despite being initially included in the league’s roster of 24 players.
“I am saddened to confirm that I will not be participating in the first TGL season,” Rahm shared on social media. “While I still believe it’s a fantastic opportunity, it currently demands a level of commitment that I am unable to provide. Best of luck to everyone involved, and may the best team prevail!”
TGL officials released a statement expressing their understanding of the players’ need to balance various aspects of their personal and professional lives. They also conveyed their respect for Rahm’s decision and wished him well.
Unlike McIlroy, Rahm has not been as vocal in his criticism of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf League. He even advocated for the inclusion of fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia in future Ryder Cup teams, despite Garcia’s defection to LIV. However, Rahm made it clear in June 2022 that his motivation for playing golf goes beyond monetary reasons, and he does not consider LIV’s 54-hole, no-cut format to be worthwhile.
“I have always been captivated by the history and legacy of the PGA Tour,” Rahm explained. “There is a profound significance when you win prestigious tournaments like the Memorial Championship, Arnold Palmer’s event at Bay Hill, or competitions held at iconic venues such as L.A. or Torrey Pines. That, to me, holds tremendous value.
“My heart lies with the PGA Tour.”
In June, the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour, and the Saudi Public Investment Fund entered into a framework agreement that would involve the established tours receiving funding from the Saudis in a new for-profit venture. While details remain scarce, a deadline of December 31 has been set to finalize a more concrete agreement.