Jon Rahm’s LIV Golf move ‘could be announced as soon as WEDNESDAY’ as speculation intensifies over Masters winner joining Saudi rebel circuit in $600m switch that could ‘bully PGA Tour into a corner’
- Acquiring Jon Rahm, the No. 3 golfer in the world, would be a huge win for LIV Golf
- One of the PGA's best players joining the opposing camp would change the sport
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Jon Rahm may no longer be a PGA golfer on Wednesday evening, as LIV Golf is poised to offer him a $600 million deal, the Saudi Arabian golf promotion's highest reported contract to date.
The news of Rahm's defection from the PGA to LIV comes under a loose truce between the golf leagues, with Rahm first reported by The Telegraph.
The source said the move “could happen as soon as tomorrow (Wednesday) – if it happens.”
A former Ryder Cup player told The Telegraph: “I think this will happen, and Jason Day and Adrian Meronk will join him.”
Another Ryder Cup alumnus told the newspaper: “I honestly don't know anything and would consider everything a rumor if I were you.”
Masters champion Jon Rahm could join LIV Golf this week with record $600 million contract
Rahm has been a featured player on the PGA Tour since 2016, while Day has been with the PGA since 2006. Meronk has been a professional golfer since 2016.
Rahm taking over the Saudi League's money would have consequences that would change the golf world.
Any cordiality between the LIV and the PGA would seemingly disappear if a player of Rahm's quality jumped ship.
Rahm himself, one of the best golfers in the world, would change the mundane nature of both tours with a possible move. PGA events would be easier to win with a heavy hitter in the other camp. LIV events are said to be more competitive.
The value of Rahm's contract is said to be triple the next highest reported amount for an LIV golfer, with Phil Mickelson taking home a $200 million deal to sign with LIV Golf last June.
A few weeks ago, Mickelson came out swinging after golf writer Alan Shipnuck claimed the golfer told people Jon Rahm was headed to LIV Golf.
Shipnuck posted on social media last month that the southpaw had privately told people that Masters champion Rahm's defection to LIV Golf was a “done deal.”
However, 53-year-old Mickelson publicly pushed back.
“This is not true and I don't know anything,” Mickelson responded. 'I don't want to know anything and I didn't say anything. Alan is the worst liar and a pathetic human being.'
Rahm and Mickelson share an agent, Steve Loy, and Shipnuck said the southpaw is a “ruthless salesman/bulls*** artist, so take that for what it's worth” before Mickelson himself responded to the report.
Shipnuck responded to Mickelson's denial a few hours later.
“I assume Phil tweeted at me? I wouldn't know since he blocked me in a classic badass move,” Shipnuck wrote to X. “But we all know what he says publicly and privately is *very* different.”
While Rahm's move to LIV Golf has been rumored for some time, Mail Sport reported that sources close to the 29-year-old firmly rejected the move from the PGA Tour last month.
However, prominent LIV players are privately optimistic that the Spaniard could be swayed by the lucrative mega-million dollar deal that the breakout has previously used to successfully lure some of golf's biggest names away from the PGA Tour.