Ryder Cup hero 'in talks' to become the first signing for Jon Rahm's new LIV Golf team – after the Spaniard signed a $500 million deal to defect to the Saudi-backed breakaway
- Rahm could bring an England Ryder Cup teammate to LIV Golf
- Another big name – an American player – could also defect to the Saudi league
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After Spanish golfer Jon Rahm announced he had defected to LIV Golf, it was revealed he may be bringing one of his Ryder Cup teammates with him.
Rahm, this year's Masters champion and a key contributor to Team Europe's Ryder Cup victory in Rome, recently agreed to join the Saudi-backed league for as much as $500 million.
But now that he is there, there are reports that he may be bringing someone from the British Isles with him.
Reports from Golf WRX indicate that English golfer Tyrrell Hatton could be next in the exodus of golfers quitting the PGA Tour.
Rahm is set to form a new LIV team, and reports suggest Hatton could join him.
After heading to LIV Golf, Jon Rahm may also take one of his Ryder Cup teammates with him
Another name being hotly debated is American star Tony Finau, who could leave to join a team or form his own.
Hatton played for Team Europe in both the 2018 and 2023 editions of the Ryder Cup – with the Englishman posting a 3-0-1 record at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome last autumn.
This rumor is notable because Hatton has signed with the now-postponed TGL league and is being called up to Boston Common Golf alongside Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott.
TGL's inaugural season will be postponed a year after rough weather led to damage to the under-construction indoor facility that will host competitions in South Florida.
When Rahm's deal was announced, there were rumors that he could join Fireballs GC, led by fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia and featuring Spanish-speaking golfers Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz and Eugenio Chacarra.
But instead, Rahm will form his own team and get an ownership stake as part of the deal.
It is unknown who will be part of Rahm's roster or what the name of the team will be.
Rahm seemed attracted to LIV by the team aspect and hopes he can help grow the sport in his native Spain.
Reports indicate that Tyrrell Hatton may sign with Rahm's LIV Golf team
Those same reports say Tony Finau could also make a jump to the Saudi-backed league
Rahm, the 2023 Masters champion, was drawn to LIV Golf because of the team aspect
'I don't think it's talked about enough. I think you have some of the best players in the world who are now also leaders of their own teams, partners of the league, in a huge business that is global and constantly growing,” Rahm said.
“So it's an aspect of the game that I looked at myself, and now it's a reality. I can't wait to get started, learn more and hopefully develop my team and my brand.
He continued: “Myself, growing up and being a huge fan of Athletic Bilbao, I realized that this had a bit of an appeal, right?
'A lot more than I thought, even in golf. It's something I'm passionate about and hopefully something I can learn a lot about and improve on.”