Jon Rahm completes LIV Golf switch
Jon Rahm is set to announce fellow Spaniard Adri Arnaus as the second member of his new LIV Golf team. Rahm himself made the LIV move earlier this month, following in the footsteps of the likes of Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
The Spaniard however is the Saudi-backed league’s biggest coup yet, penning a reported £450 million deal with Greg Norman and co. As part of the agreement Rahm has been handed the reins of his own LIV team, and according to Spanish outlet, Relovo, Arnaus is set to become his first signing.
The 29-year-old has spent the majority of his career with the DP World Tour and has one win to his name, coming on home soil at last year’s Catalunya Championship. According to Arnaus’ website, the Spaniard still has every intention to continue on the DP World Tour next month despite his links to Rahm.
Arnaus has the Dubai Invitational, Dubai Desert Classic and Ras Al Khaimah Championship all penned into his schedule. As things stand LIV players are still able to compete in DP World Tour events, unlike their PGA Tour status.
It does however still come with some consequence, with the Wentworth-based circuit able to fine and suspend players for competing in LIV events. This has led to a number of Saudi league players resigning from the Tour, including Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.
Reports of Arnaus’ switch come just a week after LIV CEO Greg Norman claimed a whole host of players were bidding to fill the remaining spots on the roster for 2024. Norman told ESPN: “I think word is getting out there amongst all the players around the world, even the top players, the best players in the world.
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“They love our format, they love our platform, they love the team spirit, the team atmosphere.And to be honest with you, I’ve seen it resonate very, very loudly this year. And obviously, Jon is an incredible addition to us.”I’ll be honest with you, since Jon signed, I know he’s been inundated by players saying, ‘I want to play on your team, Jon. How do I get on that?
“And I have been inundated and my other team members, too, my C-suite within the organisation. I can tell you, hand on my heart, between eight and 12 guys for about two or three spots and maybe two spots, to be honest with you.”
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