'I Wish They Could Play' - Rahm On LIV Players In Ryder Cup

The former Major winner feels that those who have jumped to LIV Golf shouldn't be banished from the Ryder Cup

Rahm scowls while holding his putter
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When it comes to the subject of LIV Golf, those who have stayed put on the PGA and DP World Tours have mixed feelings around the Saudi-backed series. Some are completely opposed to it, whilst some are perhaps on the fence.

One player who has continued his support for the PGA and DP World Tours though is former World No.1 Jon Rahm, with the Spaniard stating that the "format (of LIV Golf) is not really appealing to me," adding "shotgun (starts) three days to me is not a golf tournament, no cut. It’s that simple. I want to play against the best in the world in a format that’s been going on for hundreds of years. That’s what I want to see."

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson was stripped of the European Ryder Cup captaincy after he moved to LIV Golf 

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Following players' moves to LIV Golf, the PGA Tour has banned those teeing it up in the Saudi-backed series, with events like the recent Presidents Cup, as well as the 2023 Ryder Cup, being affected.

Team USA has already said that those competing in LIV Golf will not be eligible for the Ryder Cup, while European captain, Luke Donald, has overhauled the European Ryder Cup qualifying process.

For Rahm though, he feels that those from LIV Golf should be able to earn a spot on the side, with the Spaniard stating: "The Ryder Cup is not the PGA Tour and European Tour against LIV - it's Europe versus the US, period. The best of each against the other, and for me the Ryder Cup is above all. I wish they could play but it doesn't look good."

Rahm and Garcia chat during the 2021 Ryder Cup

Sergio Garcia, who has since moved to LIV, and Rahm, secured three points from three when paired together at the 2021 Ryder Cup

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Back in September, LIV Golf CEO, Greg Norman, rejected any accusation that LIV is trying to destroy other tours, claiming he has tried to sit down with the PGA Tour, but instead of breaking bread with the Saudi-backed upstart, the PGA Tour has tried to destroy LIV.

Norman told The Australian: “This notion we're trying to destroy tours is not true. The PGA Tour is trying to destroy us, it's as simple as that. The PGA Tour has not sat down and had a conversation with myself or any of my investors.

“We tried awfully hard, I know I did personally for the past year. When we knew we were never going to hear from them, we just decided to go. We have no interest in sitting down with them, to be honest with you, because our product is working."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x