Rahm, trouble ahead
More tournaments, championships with the best golfers, new rankings, higher prizes… These are some of the steps that have been taken to compete with LIV as the Saudi league convinces many players to join its ranks.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are the two player representatives who endorsed these changes in an effort to improve the image of the professional golf circuit. The changes, announced by Jay Monahan the commissioner of PGA they can cause certain issues for specific players that are in the invite. Among them, the Spaniard Jon Rahm.
In general, the main actors who would have possible disagreements with the new integrations in the circuit, would be the Europeans. The new format of the PGA requires competitors to play 20 tournaments during the season. In addition, to encourage golfers to make every effort to play these events, the figure of money that will be distributed among the participants has been improved. Besides the fact that depending on how they are played, points will be added to a leaderboard for sneaking into closed tournaments of the top 20 golfers on the tour.
The big problem that European golfers find at these tournaments are the other four DP World Tour staples who must play to qualify for the Ryder Cup. This greatly conditions the calendar of golfers not being able to combine these two tournaments at the same time.
“If we have to play all 20, then 100% these changes would put me in a difficult position. If I’m going to play in Europe in the fall like I’m going to, I have to play from January to August 20 times. I believe that this is the seventeenth event i’ve played since january and i don’t think i can add more“Rahm commented that he wants to play the Ryder Cup, the big deal. “Especially with the Ryder Cup and having to play four games in Europe.I think that’s too much to ask and I wouldn’t be surprised if the rule is revised a bit or an exception is made for some players. If they do it with players like Rory or like me, they should do it with everyoneadded the Spaniard.
The PGA will have to find a solution to another problem that presents itself. Although there is a simple and there is complicity between the two parties it will make things easier. For now, Jon Rahm is looking to find an agreement with the circuit so that everyone is happy. The appearance of the LIV has caused an earthquake in the world of golf and the consequences must be resolved for the PGA course to thrive.
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