'Undercover pro' launches stinging attack on Jon Rahm with plea for LIV Golf drama to end

'Undercover pro' launches stinging attack on Jon Rahm with plea for LIV Golf drama to end

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Stuart Ballard

By Stuart Ballard


Published: 02/03/2024

- 20:12

Jon Rahm was the latest high-profile star to make the move to LIV Golf at the end of last year.

An 'undercover pro' has explained why he feels Jon Rahm's move to LIV Golf may end up delaying an end to golf's bitter civil war.

The Spaniard was previously strongly against playing on the Saudi-backed tour due to the lack of a cut and the legacy that was available to him on the PGA Tour.


But after receiving a reported offer in the region of £450million that was enough to tempt Rahm into making the controversial switch at the end of last year.

That kickstarted a bunch of other moves with Tyrell Hatton and Adrian Meronk also making the switch shortly after.

Jon Rahm is hoping to make waves in LIV Golf

Jon Rahm is hoping to make waves in LIV Golf

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The Spaniard has expressed his desire to return to some PGA Tour and DP World Tour events while still being signed to LIV in the future.

Rahm's move was seen by some as moving the needle for LIV with the rival tour continuing to attract some of golf's biggest stars.

But an anonymous pro - who is said to rank inside the world's top 100 and hasn't won a major - has explained why Rahm may have to wait even longer for his wish now.

"From afar, you might think Rahm’s defection to LIV was better received by his peers than past jumpers," the undercover pro told Golf Digest.

"The truth is, not really. The reason most guys are pissed has to do with our selfishness.

"Tour pros are like most fans in that we want this drama to end.

"A lot of us think Rahm’s departure will prolong this schism, and now that the tour has its private-equity investment in place with Strategic Sports Group, both sides feel like they have the upper hand.

"Having all this drag into another summer is something we didn’t want, and if it continues, Rahm, rightfully or not, will receive blame."

Jon Rahm has spoken of his desire to play PGA Tour events again

Jon Rahm has spoken of his desire to play PGA Tour events again

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The anonymous golfer went on to claim Rahm "broke an unwritten code" for the timing of his move.

The secret star added: "Both sides had a hands-off approach to recruiting during the period when negotiations were being banged out and—maybe this is me being naive—it seemed like everyone understood that.

"It’s like Jon (or Jon’s team) thought they were above the detente.

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"As the best player in the world, Jon could maybe claim he shouldn’t be lumped in with us.

"But, man, if there was one upshot from the past half year, it was this feeling of tour players coming together for a common cause.

"When a guy breaks from the pack to actively hurt that cause, that burns."

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