Jon Rahm Indefinitely Suspended by PGA Tour; Masters Champion Excluded from FedEx Cup Eligibility List

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In a recent memo addressed to players, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced the indefinite suspension of Jon Rahm due to his association with a series of unauthorised tournaments. This move comes as Rahm confirmed his signing with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, a decision that results in his exclusion from the FedEx Cup eligibility points list.

Amid weeks of speculation, Rahm officially disclosed his affiliation with LIV Golf on Thursday, revealing a deal reported to be valued at up to £450m. Despite Rahm's initial intention to maintain his PGA Tour membership, the longstanding policy of banning members who join the rival circuit remained in effect. This marks a consistent approach since the launch of LIV Golf in June 2022, despite ongoing talks about a potential merger between the PGA Tour and Saudi's Public Investment Fund (PIF).



Despite being a former critic of LIV, Rahm becomes the highest-ranked player to join the league, holding the world No. 3 spot. His notable achievements in 2023, including winning four times on the PGA Tour and contributing to Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team, add significance to his move.

Commissioner Jay Monahan emphasized the Tour's commitment to ensuring that suspended members do not negatively impact other players' eligibility and rankings. A new ranking, termed the 'FedEx Cup Playoffs & Eligibility Points List,' has been introduced to remove suspended players from the FedEx Cup Points List. Rahm's suspension, in accordance with PGA Tour Tournament Regulations, is attributed to his association with unauthorized tournaments.

As a result of Rahm's decision, Mackenzie Hughes and Carl Yuan emerge as immediate beneficiaries. Hughes moves from No. 51 to No. 50, making him eligible for all seven of the $20m signature events in 2024. Additionally, Yuan, initially signed up for Q-school, moves up to No. 125 and secures a full PGA Tour card for the upcoming year.



This move echoes the Tour's strategy from the previous year, distinguishing between FedEx Cup standings and eligibility-related lists. This separation ensures that players defecting to LIV do not adversely affect those who remain with the PGA Tour. Notable examples from last year include Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker benefiting from the system.

In response to concerns raised by players about the disproportionate allocation of FedEx Cup points in signature events, Commissioner Monahan revealed plans to review the new system in June. The evaluation will determine whether adjustments are needed for the 2025 season, addressing worries about fair competition for players outside the top 50.

The evolving landscape of professional golf continues to capture attention, with Rahm's suspension and its ripple effects prompting discussions about the future trajectory of the sport.


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