Saudi Arabia is paying more than $500 million for Jon Rahm to add him to their league and change the international golf circuit.

Spain’s John Ram left the PGA this Thursday to join LIV Golf, a golf league sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government, in a deal whose financial terms have not been disclosed but is estimated to be worth more than $500 million. His contract will be one of the highest in the history of the sport.

“LIV Golf today announced that the two-time ‘major’ winner, the reigning Augusta Masters champion, has joined LIV Golf. Rami will compete in the LIV Golf League beginning next season, which begins February 2-4, 2024 at LIV Golf Mayakoba, Mexico,” the golf league said in a statement.

Rahm, 29, will arrive at LIV as the reigning Augusta Masters champion, joining fellow golf stars Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson.

“I am proud to join LIV Golf and be a part of something new that grows this sport. I have no doubt that this is a great opportunity for me and my family and I am very excited for the future,” Rahm said in a statement from the Saudi Arabian Golf League.

“When I first saw John at 17, I knew the golf world was witnessing the birth of a star. “John has proven time and time again that he is one of the best players in the world,” said Greg Norman, CEO of LIV.

The news of Rahmi joining LIV came as a surprise. The Spaniard has assured in the past that he is not attracted to the Saudi Arabian league project and that his life “wouldn’t change one bit for $400 million”.

LIV Golf was launched in 2021 with the ambition to compete with the PGA in terms of exposure and prestige, and huge prize money as the main incentive for players.

The fact that several PGA legends joined LIV caused a veritable civil war in the golf world.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has rejected LIV’s juicy offers and has never hidden his “hate” for the new league. Tiger Woods also refused to join the Saudi project.

Source: El Diario

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