This PGA Tour pro should be ecstatic with Jon Rahm. Instead, he is frustrated...

Mackenzie Hughes stands to benefit hugely from Jon Rahm's decision to join LIV Golf but the Canadian is 'sad' and 'frustrated' with the game.

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Fri, 8 Dec 2023
This PGA Tour pro should be ecstatic with Jon Rahm. Instead, he is frustrated...

Jon Rahm's switch to LIV Golf could have a huge impact on one PGA Tour pro. 

That would be Canada's Mackenzie Hughes, who agonisingly finished 51st in the FedEx Cup standings. 

Had he been one place higher, he would have secured his spot automatically into all of 2024's signature events.

PGA Tour signature events feature astronomical prize purses and, in some cases, no cuts. They will be limited to fields of 75-80 players.

The 33-year-old could be bumped up to 50th now the North American circuit has lost the reigning Masters champion. 

But delighted Hughes is not. 

Instead of reacting with glee, the golfer took to X 24 hours after Rahm was announced as a LIV player to describe how the game is in a 'sad place'.  

"The direction it's headed right now isn't healthy or good for the sport," he wrote.  

"And I know many of you are upset with the recent developments - I would be too. I had some thoughts I wanted to share.

"When I was younger, I dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour. I wanted to play against the best.

"When I got there, I couldn't believe how amazing it was. We've had some issues in the past couple of years, but it's still an incredible place to 'work.'

"Unfortunately, money has changed things. Charity used to be a huge priority on tour, but it's taken a backseat.

"LIV has overvalued the worth of golfers so much that it has ruined our perspective, and pushed purses to unsustainable levels."

He continued: "The marketplace seems broken.

"Fans want to see the best compete against each other. Instead, we are watching the top players split into separate camps.

"It is frustrating to watch. I'm also a huge sports fan and would hate for my favourite players to get plucked away one by one.

"We need to find a way to resonate with all of you and lead the PGA Tour back to higher ground.

"Hopefully, our leadership can make that happen. The uncertainty has been really difficult for us but I remain hopeful.

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