Reports: Jon Rahm has LIV Golf deal agreed but wants format changed

Jon Rahm is reportedly in 'late stage' negotiations with LIV Golf but is trying to convince the breakaway tour to alter their format, according to a report.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2023
Reports: Jon Rahm has LIV Golf deal agreed but wants format changed

Jon Rahm is reportedly in 'late stage' negotiations with LIV Golf but his multi-year agreement hinges on whether he can convince the breakaway tour to alter their format, according to reports by Ten Golf and Flushing It.  

Rahm, like every elite men's professional golfer, has been a top target for the rival league since its inception. 

When all hell was breaking loose last February, Rahm pledged his future to the PGA Tour

Since then he has consistently maintained he is not interested in signing with LIV given his life wouldn't change having already amassed vast riches on and off the course in his career so far. 

The 2023 Masters champion stated in August he 'laughs' when people link him with a move. 

He went further in explaining his decision to say 'no' at the 151st Open. He even defended Tour commissioner Jay Monahan

"I just stayed because I think it's the best choice for myself and for the golf I want to play," he said. 

"We all had the chance to go to LIV and take the money and we chose to stay at the PGA Tour for whatever reason we chose.

"As I've said before, I already make an amazing living doing what I do.

"I'm extremely thankful, and that all happened because of the platform the PGA Tour provided me."

English tour pro Eddie Pepperell claimed recently he had heard whispers LIV renewed their interest in the Spanish World No.3 this summer. 

According to Pepperell, Rahm quoted a figure 'so prohibitively large' that even the Saudi-backed league said no

But speculation was once again turned up a notch after Rahm, 29, pulled out of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's indoor golf league. 

Rahm claimed the league was too much of a commitment. McIlroy later said he was 'pretty confident' Rahm would remain a PGA Tour player. 

Former pro turned journalist @flushingit has also reported Rahm is trying to convince LIV to 'modify their format'. 

"Jon Rahm is in late stage talks to join LIV Golf and it's believed the hold up is not financial, but is due to him wishing to modify the format of the league," he wrote on X. 

Should Rahm join LIV, it would undoubtedly be the biggest signing so far, and also the most expensive. 

Rahm reportedly turned down in the region of $300m to join LIV Golf last season.

The new reported figure for Rahm to join LIV Golf in 2024 is said to be nearly double that at $600m.

Rahm would likely join Sergio Garcia's Fireballs GC side along with Eugenio Chacarra if he did move across to LIV Golf in 2024. 

Garcia's side is looking for another player in the off-season as Carlos Ortiz declined a contract extension.

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