Tiger Woods Mum on Jon Rahm’s Defection to LIV Golf, Contrasting with McIlroy’s Support

Tiger Woods Mum on Jon Rahm’s Defection to LIV Golf, Contrasting with McIlroy’s Support

Spanish golfer Jon Rahm disclosed that his high-profile move to LIV Golf, a deal valued at $500 million, received varying responses from his peers.

While Rory McIlroy, Rahm’s friend and business partner, expressed both public and private support, Tiger Woods remained notably silent and unreceptive to Rahm’s decision to leave the PGA Tour.

McIlroy’s Surprising Support: Public and Private Backing for Rahm’s Decision

Rahm, the reigning Masters champion, made headlines with his decision to join Greg Norman’s LIV Golf, departing from the traditional PGA Tour.

Surprisingly, McIlroy, known as one of the PGA Tour’s staunch defenders, softened his stance on Rahm’s move, admitting to being ‘too judgmental’ of those who chose a different path.

McIlroy’s support proved valuable to Rahm, who appreciated both the public and private backing.

Silence from Woods: Rahm’s Text to Tiger Goes Unanswered

In contrast, Tiger Woods, another PGA Tour star, did not respond positively to Rahm’s move. Rahm revealed that he texted Woods, informing him of the personal decision to join LIV Golf, but received no acknowledgment or support.

The golfer did not elaborate further on the attempted conversation with Woods, leaving the nature of their interaction unclear.

Woods’ Limited Commentary: Speculation and PGA Tour Negotiations

Woods, when questioned about Rahm’s defection, remained reserved in his comments. He acknowledged the speculation around players considering alternative options but refrained from expressing a clear stance.

Currently serving as the sixth ‘player director’ on the PGA Tour’s policy board, Woods is involved in negotiations with LIV and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia regarding a potential merger.

Rahm’s Communication with Monahan: Desire to Continue Playing PGA Tour Events

Despite Rahm’s departure, he expressed a willingness to continue supporting the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.

Rahm admitted that he has not spoken to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan since his move, speculating that Monahan might be too busy.

Rahm clarified his commitment to certain events, emphasizing that he is not giving up on participating in PGA Tour and DP World Tour competitions if his schedule allows.**

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