Sir Nick Faldo reveals his hypothetical LIV figure amid Jon Rahm speculation

Six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo has offered his take on Jon Rahm's future if rumours are true the Spaniard has signed a LIV Golf deal.

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Wed, 6 Dec 2023
Sir Nick Faldo reveals his hypothetical LIV figure amid Jon Rahm speculation

Sir Nick Faldo has offered his take on Jon Rahm's future amid reports the Spaniard will be joining LIV Golf for a £450m fee. 

Faldo, in case you haven't been paying attention, is not a fan of the breakaway tour. 

Since its inception in June 2022, the Englishman has taken a number of shots at the rival league and its players. 

Despite the bottomless pit of Saudi money, Faldo predicted in the summer that LIV will eventually fade as "nobody's watching". 

The number of people watching LIV events and broadcasts would likely increase if the 2023 Masters champion joins up. 

Figures over Rahm's alleged deal have ranged from between $300-600m. 

Given how much the Saudi PIF has invested in luring professional footballers to the Saudi Pro League, it's not unreasonable to think the figures thrown about are in the right ballpark. 

Phil Mickelson confirmed he was paid $200m to join LIV and Brooks Koepka also revealed he was paid north of $100m.

Amid the rumours, Faldo wrote on X Rahm would be missing a variety of 'serious competition' if the rumours turn out to be true. 

Asked by one user what number would've got him thinking, the six-time major champ offered: "Slightly different era, but 3m on the table would've got me quaking in my boots." 

What has Faldo said about LIV?

Faldo criticised LIV Golf before the 2023 British Masters of which he is the tournament host. 

The 66-year-old claimed LIV would not be able to get the sponsorship they want and blasted the format. 

"They call it a team [eventt] and it's not because it's strokeplay," he said. 

"You see your mates on the putting green and say, 'play well' and you see them in the scorers tent and say, "what did you shoot?" That's it. 

"A team is out there helping, shoulder to shoulder. That's a true team.

"You have the ultimate team event, the Ryder Cup, you know the passion and the atmosphere of that.

"They're not playing with the same passion and atmosphere as the Ryder Cup.

"It's only half a dozen [players] that are really current, half of the field I don't really know and half the field are there for the very nice last-placed money that you still get if you shoot 20 over."

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