PGA Tour star Jon Rahm backs out of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's TGL

Jon Rahm says he's sad not to be taking part in TGL, but Tiger Woods' and Rory McIlroy's golf league requires too much commitment 'right now'. 

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Thu, 2 Nov 2023
PGA Tour star Jon Rahm backs out of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's TGL

Jon Rahm says he is 'sad' not to be involved in Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's new venture, but taking part in the inaugural TGL requires a 'level of commitment I can't offer right now'. 

The Spaniard's details were scrubbed off the TGL website and across their social media pages on 2 November, prompting wild speculation the 2023 Masters champion may be signing with LIV Golf

Hours later it was officially confirmed by TGL, with a spokesperson wishing Rahm well in a short statement. 

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The 28-year-old, two-time major champion later posted a statement on X, writing: "I am sad to confirm that I will not be participating in the first TGL season.

"While I still think it's a great opportunity, right now it would require a level of commitment that I can't offer.

"Best of luck to everyone involved and may the best team win!" 

TGL is run by TMRW Sports, the tech-focused company launched by Woods, 47, and 34-year-old McIlroy in August. 

The official TGL format was confirmed days before Rahm's change of heart. 

TGL will feature six teams of four players competing against each other in a league format. 

There are four players in each side but only three will feature in each event. 

McIlroy confirmed on Wednesday he will be playing for Boston Common Golf alongside his Ryder Cup teammate Tyrrell Hatton, Masters champion Adam Scott and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley

Justin Thomas will play for Atlanta Brave GC and Collin Morikawa has been announced as part of the LA-based outfit. 

TGL stated Rahm's replacement will be named in due course. 

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