Jon Rahm's message to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy: "This wasn't personal"

Jon Rahm wants to "grow the game of golf" while on LIV Golf League. 

Jon Rahm's message to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy: "This wasn't personal"
Jon Rahm's message to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy: "This wasn't personal"

Jon Rahm has revealed he intends to "grow the game of golf and make it better" having joined the LIV Golf League. 

He has also sent a message to Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, as well as Patrick Cantlay

Rahm, 29, confirmed the worst kept secret in golf during a Fox News interview late in the day on December 7. 

It is understood Rahm has accepted a fee of £450m, making him considerably the highest earner on LIV Golf in 2024. 

Rahm will become the captain of his own LIV Golf team, of which the name of the side and his three teammates will be revealed soon. 

Speaking to Fox News having made his signature official, Rahm explained the money was of course a factor in his decision process. 

"Don't get me wrong, it's a great deal."

But he also used the golden ticket of 'my goal with this is to grow the game of golf'. 

When pressed on his thoughts about a 54-hole format and shotgun start - two things Rahm has been criticial of with LIV Golf in the past - he told Fox News: 

"I know captains have a say and I know they listen to the players as part of the organization so I'm looking forward to having some conversations and giving them my opinion and maybe seeing some changes for the best in the future. 
"But my goal with this is to grow the game of golf, to make it better, whatever that may be. I'm an ambitious person but I'm not a greedy one, I know I can't have everything, so there are some things I'll have to sacrifice and for right now that is one I can live with."

Jon Rahm sends message to Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods

Jon Rahm's message to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy:

Rahm also had a message for the PGA Tour's two leading superstars in Woods and McIlroy.

The Spaniard of course recently withdrew from their new TGL, which has now been pushed back to 2025 as a result of the stadium roof collapsing just weeks before the initial start date. 

Now having become suspended from the PGA Tour just weeks before their deadline for a potential merger with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), Rahm admitted he was hopeful the circuit could still accomplish all of its goals in this ever-changing environment within the sport. 

It was there where he mentioned the great work of McIlroy, Woods and Cantlay. 

McIlroy last month stepped down from his duties on the PGA Tour policy board but Cantlay and Woods are very much leading the line as player directors on the circuit. 

Rahm said: 

"My message to them [PGA Tour] is that I really hope they can accomplish what the goal is and what the goal will be. I am very thankful for the work many of them have done. I would say highlighted by Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. They've spent a lot of time in meetings and phone calls in learning what the future of the game may look like, I want to say thank you and I truly hope their resolve is what they want. This wasn't anything personal with them, it was the choice for me and my family and the bettter of our future. I hope all the friends I've made will stay my friends because I'm certainly not going to change."

McIlroy and Woods have since responded to Rahm's LIV Golf decision.

Check out their comments here: 

Rahm also said he hoped his childhood hero in late great Seve Ballesteros would have been "supportive" of his decision to join LIV. 


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