Jon Rahm suspended by PGA Tour as Tony Finau ends LIV Golf talk

Tony Finau confirms he will remain on the PGA Tour in 2024, while Jon Rahm is officially suspended.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2023
Jon Rahm suspended by PGA Tour as Tony Finau plays flattens LIV Golf talk

The PGA Tour has confirmed Jon Rahm will be officially suspended on the circuit as a result of joining LIV Golf, on a day where Tony Finau quashed all talk of him moving to the Saudi-bankrolled league. 

Rahm, 29, sent shock waves through the sport last week when he officially confirmed his transfer from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf League

It is understood two-time major champion Rahm accepted in the region of £450m. 

Rahm's suspension on the PGA Tour should not come as too much of a surprise given all previous members who have played in LIV Golf tournaments have become ineligible to participate in PGA Tour events. 

The decision means Rahm will not be able to defend the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on the PGA Tour in the first week of 2024.

Some people wondered whether Rahm would still be eligible to compete in the early January tournament due to him not playing in his first LIV Golf League event until February 2024. 

But the PGA Tour is having none of it. 

The PGA Tour memo read: 

"In accordance with the PGA Tour Tournament Regulations, Jon Rahm as been notified that he is suspended and no longer eligible to participate in PGA Tour tournament play due to his association with a series of unauthorized tournaments."

As a result of Rahm now being out of FedEx Cup next season, it means Mackenzie Hughes, who initially found himself on the outside looking in for the Signature Events in 2024, now bumps up into the coveted 50th spot. 

Alex Smalley also progresses to 60 from 61st to ensure his spot in Tiger Woods' Genesis Invitational.

Carl Yuan will likely have the biggest smile on his face this morning as he moves from 126 to 125, which ensures he maintains his PGA Tour card for another season. 

Tony Finau commits to PGA Tour 

Elsewhere, Tony Finau has declared his loyalty to the PGA Tour in 2024. 

Finau posted an update on social media in light of strong rumour he was on the verge of joining the LIV Golf League. 

Of course we should always take comments about PGA Tour allegiance with a pinch of salt these days, especially given the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith and Jon Rahm have said similar in recent times, but for now at least, Finau remains a PGA Tour player. 

According to our sources, Finau was "very close" to landing a move to LIV Golf but ultimately the deal was not right for both parties. 

The Telegraph had also been reporting Finau's interest in speaking to LIV Golf ahead of the new season. 

Finau posted on social media: 

"As this year comes to an end I’m grateful to play the game that I love and to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
"I’m excited for 2024 and looking forward to playing my 10th season on the PGA Tour! And stoked to be defending in both Mexico and Houston!
"Thank you to my partners for your continued support. Thank you to the fans for all the love for our whole Finau fam.
"See y’all in Maui!" 

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