Jon Rahm knew the backlash was coming after announcing his decision to leave the PGA Tour and join LIV Golf.
Jon Rahm, the third-ranked golfer in the world, joined LIV Golf on Thursday after making the move to the Saudi Arabian-sponsored circuit for a reported amount of $450 to $600 million. With the controversial LIV Golf decision, Rahm knew the backlash was coming following his about-face.
“Well, every decision I feel like we make in life, there [will] be somebody who agrees and likes it and somebody who doesn’t,” Rahm said, via ESPN. “I’ve made this decision because I believe it is the best for me and my family, and everybody I’ve been able to talk to has been really supportive of me. So I’m very comfortable with my decision.
“I’m no stranger to hearing some negative things on social media or [in the] media, so it’s part of what it is. We’re public figures, but just learn to deal with it, right? It certainly won’t define who I am or change who I am, so I think with experience you just learn to deal with negativity a little bit better.”
Rahm made an official announcement in a post on X.
I am proud to join @livgolf_league and be part of something new that is bringing growth to the sport. I have no doubt that this is a great opportunity for me and my family and am very excited for the future. pic.twitter.com/myf4isJgJ3
— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) December 7, 2023
The internet had some receipts for Rahm on what he previously said about LIV Golf. He denounced LIV Golf as “not a golf” tournament.
🚨👀🔙 #LOOKING BACK — Jon Rahm ripped LIV: “Shot gun 3 days to me is not a golf tournament , no cut. I wanna play against the best in the world in a format that’s been going on for 100s of years. Would my lifestyle change if I got $400M? Not one bit.” pic.twitter.com/wPyPLDV8Or
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) December 7, 2023
Nonetheless, Rahm seemed to have a falling out with the PGA Tour. The 29-year-old previously voiced his concerns with organization ahead of the 2023 US Open in light of the PGA Tour’s possible alignment with LIV Golf.
Jon Rahm joins several other former PGA Tour golfers who have made the jump to LIV Golf.