Jon Rahm on the rankings system: The extra time that goes on, the extra it proves to be incorrect

LIV Golf has allowed Jon Rahm to turn out to be accustomed to Hong Kong, a metropolis he had not visited earlier than.

It’s the fourth cease of the LIV Golf Tour during which the participant from Barrika has not but made his debut as a person, though he has made his debut as a group participant.

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And he proudly attended the bunker-busting grasp class that Phil Mickelson, his previous buddy, gave to Caleb Surratt, the beardless 19-year-old who’s a part of Jon’s Legion XIII.

“Ninety-five % of the belongings you hear from Phil are gold. He is a man all the time keen to assist whoever comes as much as him,” he mentioned.

Rahm appeared earlier than the press after studying of the letter that Greg Norman, the top of the tour, despatched to the gamers warning that the League has stopped preventing to be acknowledged by the world rankings.

The choice is transcendental since it’s the most complete method to succeed in the Majors, the tournaments that each one golfers on this planet need to play, and it has prompted rapid penalties. From the 18 LIV gamers who performed the Masters at Augusta in 2023, the quantity has been decreased to 13 this yr, together with the previous winners.

And this quantity has been reached due to Augusta Nationwide being magnanimous with Joaquin Niemann, winner of two of the three LIV tournaments, champion of the Australian Open in November and who occurs to be essentially the most in-form golfer on this planet proper now.

“I am very completely satisfied to see Joaco get invitations. … Whereas we do not have a transparent path to majors via LIV but, I believe they need to be taking everyone into consideration,” Rahm mentioned. “If anyone on this world would not assume Joaco deserves to be within the high 10 or would not know that he is a high participant on this planet, I do not know what recreation you are watching.

“We will inform. I believe anyone who watches golf can inform who the most effective gamers on this planet are. Clearly I do not assume the rating is reflective of that proper now to its entirety.”

Rahm would not change his stance

The participant from Barrika, regardless of being the world number one for 52 weeks, has all the time been crucial of the world rating that rewards PGA Tour tournaments excessively to the detriment of the remainder of the occasions.

“I will be sincere, I did not know they had been nonetheless making an attempt to get world rating factors. However the one factor I can say is I will again to what I mentioned two years in the past within the DP World Tour Championship,” Rahm instructed reporters Wednesday.

“I did not assume it was an excellent system again then. And if something, the extra time that goes on, the extra it proves to be incorrect.”

Nonetheless, the gesture of the Masters, and likewise the PGA Championship, the subsequent main on the calendar, by inviting Niemann, is a breakthrough for Jon.

“I believe it is the beginning of one thing optimistic: that they are now giving a participant an opportunity. Earlier than you understand it, there can be an answer to all of this. It is simply opening the door a little bit bit to a broader dialog,” the Spaniard concluded.

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