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Report: PGA Tour star asked for figure ‘so prohibitively large’ that LIV rejected it



According to DP World Tour player Eddie Pepperell, LIV Golf rejected a potential deal with Jon Rahm prior to the 2023 season due to the Spaniard’s asking price being astronomical.

While speaking on “The Chipping Forecast” podcast, Pepperell said LIV approached about fifteen players asking what their prospective price would be to leave their current tour to join LIV.

“I heard that Jon Rahm… I heard that LIV had approached 15 players this year asking them for a rough figure as to what would get them across and I was told that Rahm’s figure was so prohibitively large that LIV rejected it. So, make of that what you want.”

There has been some speculation that the reigning Masters champion would be open to joining LIV over the past few years. Rahm has defended his fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia’s decision to join LIV and said he believes the 43-year-old should be included in the Ryder Cup in the future and called Garcia’s ban “stupid”.

“I think it would be really stupid for anybody not to lean on Sergio García’s experience in The Ryder Cup,” Rahm said. “He is the best player Europe has ever had, won the most points, and he has shown it time and time again.”

Last week, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee also said on X that Rahm “worried him” when mentioning players who are open to leaving the PGA Tour for LIV.

“It’s inevitable others will join, as I don’t think the money/temptation will go away, but there are very few stars that truly make a difference; such as Tiger and Rory and even Rahm… Rahm worries me a bit as he seems open to the idea, but I sense that his deep knowledge of the history of the game and his obvious future place in it will keep him from selling out. I hope that’s the case.”

Rumors have floated that Rahm turned down at least $300 million to join LIV the first time around, so the number he gave LIV prior to their second season must have been a colossal figure.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Jon Rahm’s move to LIV Golf



In our forums, our members are discussing the huge news of Jon Rahm’s move to LIV Golf. Rahm officially completed his move to LIV on Thursday evening, and WRXers have been having a lively discussion in our forums expressing their thoughts on the Spaniard’s decision and what the future may hold for professional golf as a whole.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • PARETWO: “Unless they come up with a watchable product on TV, I’ll look forward to seeing Rahm in the 4 majors only, because I’m still not sold on the LIV format, the LIV atmosphere, the LIV music on course, the LIV fake team rivalries, and Pat Perez.”
  • MattyO1984: “Shame that Rahm has gone. We can all be bought I guess, I just wish that the people being bought weren’t full of it before they left before instantly doing a 180 and being full of it from the other direction.”
  • rainkingjr: “He’s a greedy hypocrite just like Brooks. Good riddance. I’d have a lot more respect for both if they were just honest and said it’s all about money. Quit with the excuse making and just say it.”
  • TGStan: “Grow the game lol. These guys have all but destroyed any interest I had in the professional game and I’m not alone. Yes, I know they don’t care. I know they have all the money. Thing is, I don’t care either.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about Jon Rahm’s move to LIV Golf”

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Rory McIlroy urges Ryder Cup eligibility rules to be re-written following Rahm’s LIV move



Now that Jon Rahm has officially joined LIV Golf, questions are beginning to arise surrounding the Spaniard in terms of Ryder Cup eligibility.

In Rome, any player who joined LIV Golf was not allowed to be a part of the European team. Henrik Stenson was stripped of his captaincy. European legends such as Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were not allowed near the team as players or assistant captains.

At the time, Rory McIlroy was in favor of the ban, and spoke harshly about the players not allowed to be a part of the Ryder Cup.

“They are going to miss being here (Rome) more than we’re missing them,” McIlroy said back in September.

However, now that the player in question is Jon Rahm, Rory is changing his tune.

While speaking to Sky Sports News, McIlroy said,

“Jon is going to be in Bethpage in 2025. Because of this decision, the European tour is going to have to rewrite the rules for Ryder Cup eligibility. There’s absolutely no question about that – I certainly want Jon Rahm on the next Ryder Cup team.”

“I’m going to miss competing against him week in, week out. He has got so much talent, he’s so tenacious and he’s a great team-mate in the Ryder Cup.

“The thing that I’ve realized is that you can’t judge someone for making a decision that they feel is the best thing for them.”

The Northern Irishman was active this morning on X, responding to comment that questioned why he’d changed his mind since Rome.

Rory and Sergio Garcia had a falling out due to Garcia’s decision to join LIV back in 2022. It seems as if he’s taking a different approach with the latest Spaniard who’s left the PGA Tour.

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Tiger, Rory, Brooks and Bryson react to Jon Rahm’s move to LIV Golf



On Thursday, number three player in the world, Jon Rahm, officially joined LIV Golf.


The deal is reported to be worth up to £450m, and it sent shockwaves throughout the golf universe.

Rory McIlroy shared his thoughts on Rahm joining LIV in an interview with Jamie Weir of Sky Sports.

“I am going to miss competing against him week-in-week-out. He is such a good player, he has so much talent. He is so tenacious, and a great teammate at the Ryder Cup. I have nothing but good things to say about Jon. I respect the hell out of him as a golfer.”

“He seems like he wants to live his life the right way. He wants to be a good dad, a good husband. You can’t judge someone for making a decision that is the best thing for them.”

Rory also said that the Ryder Cup rules should be “rewritten” in order to keep the Spaniard in the fold for 2025.

“The European Tour are going to have to rewrite the rules”.

Tiger Woods, or his team, reacted by sharing a letter from the player directors, which was already shared previously on December 1st.

Brooks Koepka, who was in the final pairing with Jon Rahm at The Masters, said he was “Ready for more Sunday battles” with the Spaniard.

Bryson DeChambeau also took to X to express excitement over the Rahm signing.

“Amazing to have @JonRahmpga join LIV. So happy for him and his family. Excited to compete with you once again my man and continue to play with the best players in the world.”

While speaking to David Feherty, Rahm said he believes the deal will help him, “reach a bigger audience”.

“I believe in the growth of the game of golf. I’ve largely spoken about how Seve improved the game of golf in Spain and I’ve always said how I would like to do the same thing over there. And if I can reach a bigger audience it would be amazing and I do believe this process will help me do that.”

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