Jon Rahm plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the BMW Championship at Wilmington Country Club on August 19, 2022 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rahm wasn’t focused on LIV Golf during the end of the 2021-22 campaign, so little, in fact, that he wasn’t aware of a court hearing before the 2022 FedEx Cup Playoffs that denied LIV players Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford access to the first playoff event.
“Well, I can tell you I had zero attention on it. I only found out that it was going on because I walked by player dining and I saw about ten really nervous people pacing all around the room and I thought, ‘Well, there’s something going on,’” Rahm said at the BMW Championship during FedEx Cup Playoffs. “I asked and heard what was going on. But I never really — I was in the room when the judge made her decision known, but only because I was walking by and they told me it was time. So I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll stay.’
“They chose to leave the PGA Tour, they chose to go join another tour knowing the consequences; and then try to come back and get, you know, courts and justice in the way wouldn’t have, I would say, sit extremely well with me.
“It’s not the last thing we are going to hear from them, but I don’t know. I just started watching the show Suits, so I’m kind of learning now about what happens in a courtroom,” he said with a laugh.
LIV Golf poached a few of the Tour’s best talents and characters, but Rahm viewed that loss as an addition by subtraction.
“One of the great things about the PGA Tour is the depth of field,” said Rahm, singling out rising stars like Will Zalatoris and Cameron Young. “So there’s always a hungrier future star coming that’s willing to put in the work and make themselves known. Lack of talent on the PGA Tour and the world of golf is not an issue.”