The signing of Jon Rahm by LIV Golf is undoubtedly a masterstroke on the a part of the LIV and its house owners – the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund (PIF).
It comes within the midst of negotiations for the PIF to enter make investments into the PGA, whose negotiations finish on 31 December.
The PIF has simply demonstrated that it has the capability to proceed bettering its area and that its league is and shall be a legit circuit, even when its competitors format has not but obtained the blessing from sure sectors of world golf.
For instance, the world rankings rejected the Arab circuit’s entry into the annual factors distribution in October.
Its three-day format with no minimize and solely 48 gamers on the course works in opposition to it. This weighs closely by way of qualifying for the majors, the Ryder Cup and the Olympic Video games.
How will Jon Rahm’s schedule change?
Within the specific case of Rahm, he will be unable to play the PGA Tour tournaments, as he’ll now not be an official member of this circuit, however this doesn’t imply that he is not going to be current on the main occasions of the season.
The Gamers (a part of the PGA Tour) is the one main match that shall be left off his calendar. However for the majors he has a assured place for now. Particularly, he’ll be capable to play the Augusta Masters for all times if he wins this occasion.
For the US Open he’s exempt till 2031 and for the British Open and the PGA Championship for 4 years.
For the Olympic Video games in Paris, it is extremely unlikely that he is not going to be there.
He’ll solely be capable to earn world rating factors (that is the way in which to qualify) by means of the 4 Grand Slams, however he’s presently quantity three within the rating and it’s greater than possible that when the closing date for this occasion arrives, he shall be one of many two finest Spaniards current.
Lastly, we should speak about a really particular occasion for ‘Rahmbo’, the Ryder Cup. The following version takes place in 2025 and we have no idea if by that point the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf may have reached an settlement.
Rahm‘s intention is to stay a member of the DPWT – previously the European Tour – as solely its members have entry to the European crew.
Thus far, the circuit has fined its golfers who’ve performed a LIV match and didn’t enable anybody who was not a member to be in Rome final September.
In the USA, in contrast, Brooks Koepka, who made the crew on factors earned solely within the majors, was not banned.
Rahm will clarify in the end whether or not he has handled this circumstance beforehand with the European Tour, which in all probability doesn’t need to lose the participant who’s presently its finest participant.