Reports suggest that Tyrrell Hatton is planning to join Ryder Cup teammate Jon Rahm and join the LIV Golf League ahead of the new season, which starts in Mexico on Friday; The 2024 campaign will feature 13 teams, one more than last season
16:56, UK, Monday 29 January 2024
Ryder Cup champion Tyrrell Hatton has been named the top player to join the LIV Golf League and is expected to join Jon Rahm’s squad for the new season.
If the move is confirmed, the Englishman will become the first major LIV title holder since Rahm, the reigning Masters champion who signed for what is believed to be £450m in early December.
Hatton began the year with back-to-back 15th finishes on the PGA Tour before taking a 31st place finish at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, and the three-time Ryder Cup player is set to appear at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-I in California this weekend.
The world number 16 is now set to leave the PGA Tour Signature Event ahead of the LIV Golf League with Rahm’s team, with the Telegraph reporting that Hatton’s move will be confirmed in time for his appearance in the opening round. Mexico Friday.
Hatton is a six-time winner on the DP World Tour and also won on the PGA Tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Englishman is in the last three groups of the Ryder Cup in Europe and has already secured a place in all four majors. a year ahead.
The move comes amid ongoing talks between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) on a “structural agreement” aimed at creating a peaceful union in golf, with talks continuing at the end of December. deadline.
‘Rahm has his No 1 goal at Hatton’
Sky Sports Jamie Weir news: “I’m not too surprised if I’m telling the truth, because there have been rumours [about Hatton joining LIV] crying around for a long time now.
“I reached out to Tyrrell’s manager and Tyrrell’s manager’s manager, who are usually very good at getting back to me right away and they don’t. They’re usually quick to shoot down any false report and they didn’t do anything at the time. , so there’s usually no smoke without fire.
“When Jon Rahm announced that he was joining LIV, we said that his No. 1 target to join his new team, which is called Legion XIII, was Hatton and now he has his target.
“Hatton was his partner at the Ryder Cup. They led Team Europe together on Friday morning, they won their points and they are very good friends. They are very similar in golf and it seems that Rahm has got him on his team.”
Who else has been announced by LIV?
Rahm and Hatton are set to join Legion XIII and Kieran Vincent – who qualified through the LIV Golf Promotions event – is an American. Caleb Surrattwho was part of Team USA that won the Walker Cup last year, although the lineup has yet to be confirmed.
DP World Tour player of the year Adrian Meronk withdrew from the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open last week and is expected to sign with Cleeks GC, having won four times in the past 18 months and narrowly missed out on a spot on Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
in Australia Lucas Herbert out of action since the DP World Tour kicked off last month at home, the former Irish Open champion revealed on social media that he will be joining the Ripper GC, led by his teammate Cameron Smith.
Ancient Samoa and Jinichiro Kozuma took the other two places on offer at last month’s LIV Golf Promotions event, a 72-hole event in Abu Dhabi, where Andy Ogletree earned his spot by winning the Asian Tour’s International Series Order of Merit and will play at Mickelson’s HyFlyers GC.
Where will the competition be held?
The 2024 campaign begins at the El Camaleon Golf Course in Mexico with a trip to Las Vegas next week, ending on Saturday to avoid conflict with the Super Bowl held in the same city, with events in Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore. , Spain and England will come as part of the international schedule.
All regular events consist of 54 holes where the shot is started without a cut, each tournament awards $4m to each winner and $3m to be shared between the winning team. Rahm’s signing means there will be 13 teams involved this season, one more than last campaign.
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