Jon Rahm Excluded from American Express Field by PGA Tour Amid Ongoing Speculation Regarding LIV Golf Offer

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In an unexpected turn of events, Jon Rahm, the reigning champion of the PGA Tour's American Express tournament in California, was notably absent from the list of committed players for the upcoming event. Reports circulating suggest that Rahm might be contemplating a lucrative offer from LIV Golf, further fueling the ongoing speculation surrounding his professional choices.

The exclusion of Rahm from the list of marquee names released by tournament organizers has raised eyebrows, especially considering his previous successes at the La Quinta, California event. Known for regularly participating in the tournament as part of his West Coast swing schedule, Rahm's absence marks a departure from the norm for defending champions.

The intricacies of the 2024 schedule, featuring eight designated events, have players strategically evaluating their commitments alongside major championships and the Players Championship. With the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines following the American Express, Rahm's decision not to defend his title might be influenced by the challenging schedule that lies ahead.



Adding to the intrigue is the persistent speculation surrounding Rahm's potential move to LIV Golf, with reports suggesting an offer in the ballpark of $600 million. Despite Rahm initially committing to the TGL venture backed by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, his withdrawal from the virtual league's inaugural season raised questions about his future plans.

Recent events, including Rahm's absence from the Bahamas and golf writer Alan Shipnuck's claim of a "done deal" with the Saudi-backed league, have intensified the speculation. Jordan Spieth acknowledged the rumors, expressing the hope that Rahm continues with the PGA Tour.

As the PGA Tour works toward a December 31 deadline for a framework deal with the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund and the DP World Tour, the golf community remains on edge. Tiger Woods, now part of the PGA Tour's Policy Board, emphasizes the evolving nature of the situation, acknowledging the rapid pace of developments.

Despite the buzz surrounding Rahm's potential move to LIV Golf, the golfer himself has remained silent since the rumors surfaced. The golf world awaits Rahm's statement, as the countdown to the December 31 deadline adds a layer of urgency to the unfolding narrative.


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