Tiger Woods gives verdict on Jon Rahm's alleged $300m LIV Golf switch

Tiger Woods has offered his thoughts amid reports linking PGA Tour superstar Jon Rahm with a lucrative switch to the LIV Golf League. 

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Fri, 1 Dec 2023
Tiger Woods gives verdict on Jon Rahm's alleged $300m LIV Golf switch

Tiger Woods admitted it would surprise him if the rumours about Jon Rahm leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf are true. 

Once again there is wild speculation about the future of the Spaniard after reports emerged the 2023 Masters champion has penned a LIV deal. 

The latest report came from FlushingIt on X who suggested Rahm's 'deal', worth a reported $300m, will run through to 2029. 

If true, Rahm would surely be the highest-profile LIV Golf singing since the rival league launched in June 2022. 

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Another key reason why there are more rumours about Rahm at present is because he withdrew from Woods and Rory McIlroy's indoor golf league. 

Rahm cited time commitments for pulling out of TGL but has remained curiously silent about his future on social media. 

He has distanced himself from joining LIV in the past, even going so far as saying he 'laughs' when people link him with a move. 

Woods, 47, was asked about Rahm's future after he played the second round of the Hero World Challenge on his PGA Tour return. 

He told a pool of reporters: "Hypothetically would it surprise me, yes, but there's so many different things that have happened in the last, as you said, 48 hours but also in the last few weeks.

"Things have changed and will continue to change. Our deadline's coming up here soon, so there's a lot of moving parts, a lot of different things are happening very quickly because we know, you know, I think today's the first day in December, we don't have a whole lot of time."

A reporter put it to Woods: "You say it wouldn't surprise you?" 

The 15-time major champion continued: "Well, nothing has really surprised me other than the fact that there's so many different things that have happened so fast.

"That's one of the things that all of our -- all of us as player-directors we've been working on, just that everything is now at a time crunch. It's 24 hours a day just trying to figure it out."

The crunch time comment is a clear reference to the PGA Tour-PIF framework agreement which was announced on 6 June. 

Woods has already spoken of his surprise and frustration at the deal.

He explained before teeing it up in the Bahamas it prompted him to join the PGA Tour's policy board. 

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