Jon Rahm completes LIV Golf switch
Shane Lowry did not hold back when assessing Jon Rahm’s reasoning behind his mega-money move to LIV Golf. Rahm made LIV history earlier this month, becoming their highest paid player to date after signing a deal worth a reported £450 million.
Rahm is not the first star to accept the Saudi riches, joining the likes of Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson as well as some of his fellow Europeans in Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia. Like many, Rahm revealed it was not just the money that drew him in.
The Spaniard once again reiterated the breakaway league’s efforts to ‘grow the game’ as one of the key reasons behind his switch, as well as the £450 million signing fee. His Ryder Cup teammate Lowry however is not convinced.
“I think what Jon said about growing the game and stuff that’s obviously what they have to say,” Lowry told the Irish Independent. “They’ve signed on the dotted line. They’ve been told by the communications team that this is what you say when you’re asked this and you have no other choice really because they own you now.”
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Similarly to his fellow LIV comrades Koepka and Johnson, Rahm added that his family was at the forefront of his decision to leave the PGA Tour. “Every decision I feel like we make in life there will be somebody who agrees and likes it and somebody who doesn’t, right,” he said.
“I made this decision because I believe it’s the best for me and my family and everybody I’ve been able to talk to has been really supportive of me, so I’m very comfortable with my decision.” This again however appears to be a comment that does not sit well with Lowry.
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“I don’t know if it’s been damaging [to golf],” Lowry added. “But people who have spent their hard-earned money going out to join a golf club and buy golf clubs and play golf for the weekend, it’s tough for them to listen to the guy who’s already worth whatever say he has to do this to put food on the table for his wife and kids.”
On Wednesday it was revealed that the breakaway league had attempted to sign another of Lowry’s Ryder Cup teammates, this time rising star Ludvig Aberg. The Swede however declined an offer on two occasions, admitting to Eurosport there were a number of ‘red flags’ when weighing up his future with the LIV setup.
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