Jon Rahm drops amusing Dustin Johnson story over LIV Golf drama

The PGA Tour's Jon Rahm told a hilarious story about bumping into LIV Golf's Dustin Johnson ahead of the PGA Championship. 

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Tue, 16 May 2023
Jon Rahm drops amusing Dustin Johnson story over LIV Golf drama

The PGA Tour's Jon Rahm told an amusing story about LIV Golf's Dustin Johnson while speaking to the media ahead of this week's PGA Championship on Tuesday. 

Rahm, 28, is the No. 1 player in the world heading into the second major of 2023, being hosted at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. 

He's looking to earn his third career major championship and second of the season after he triumphed at The Masters in early April at Augusta. 

A win this week at Oak Hill Country Club would move the Spaniard one step closer to completing the career Grand Slam after he already won the U.S. Open in 2021.


He's coming in with as much momentum as anyone, with four wins already in the current PGA Tour season. 

His most recent victory was the week at The Masters, where he edged out Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson by four strokes to dawn the coveted green jacket. 

It was there, that Rahm had a funny encounter with LIV Golf's Johnson. 

Speaking to reporters Tuesday ahead of the tournament, Rahm was asked if he thought The Masters had helped the coexistence of LIV Golf and PGA Tour players. 

It had been the first time in 2023 that the two leagues came together, and there had been much curiosity on how things would go. 

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However, Rahm said he's "the wrong player to ask."

He elaborated:

"I never got into the feud. I've never had any negative feelings towards any player that went over to LIV.
"In fact, I've mentioned many times I still play with many of them and still try to figure out -- try to play practice rounds with Phil, played with Talor Gooch yesterday. Really doesn't make a difference to me."

The question also prompted Rahm to tell a funny story about bumping into LIV Golf's Johnson ahead of the tournament:

"That's why my point of view, nothing changed. I think I said it at the Masters, where I hadn't realized how long -- I think the first person I saw was Dustin from LIV and I didn't realize how long it had been until I looked down and I saw him wearing FootJoys, and I was like, okay, this doesn't add up. And then I realized I haven't seen you since the Open last year. That was my first moment.
"Again, to me, it's like nothing changed."

Johnson was a long-time Adidas athlete before the two ended their partnership ahead of the 2023 LIV Golf season. Hence, Rahm's surprise by the Footjoys. 

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