Ryder Cup star Tyrrell Hatton is switching from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf League and will make his debut at Jon Rahm’s Legion XIII in Mexico on Friday; Kieran Vincent and Caleb Surratt complete the line-up of LIV Golf’s newest team
17:35, UK, Tuesday 30 January 2024
Tyrrell Hatton will join Jon Rahm’s Ryder Cup team in the LIV Golf League after becoming the latest name to join the Saudi-backed division.
The 32-year-old – ranked 16th in the world and a previous winner on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour – will be part of Rahm’s ‘Legion XIII’ for 2024, starting in Mexico on Friday.
Rahm and Hatton formed an impressive partnership at the Ryder Cup in Rome last September, winning all four matches together and finishing undefeated during the week as Team Europe reclaimed the trophy with a 16.5-11.5 victory over the United States.
The Englishman becomes the latest player to switch to LIV and is the first to be snapped up by a big name since Rahm, the reigning Masters champion who signed for what is believed to be £450m in early December.
Sky Sports news He claimed last month that Hatton was Rahm’s No 1 target for his club, with the Spaniard snapping up his man after joining for a rumored $60m (£47.3m). Both have retained their DP World Tour membership for now, making them – as things stand – still eligible for next year’s Ryder Cup in New York.
“I’m very excited about this next chapter, connecting with Jon Rahm and Legion XIII, starting this week in Mexico,” Hatton said.
Legion XIII confirmed their signing via their social media accounts on Tuesday, just three days before the start of the season, while the latest team LIV Golf also confirmed two more names to complete their list.
Rahm and Hatton are joined in their team by Kieran Vincent – who came to LIV Golf Promotions in December – and American Caleb Surratt, who was part of Team USA’s Walker Cup winning team last year, and 13 teams are now part of the team. of the extended group. LIV Golf League for the upcoming season.
“We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time and we’re very proud of the team and the brand we’re building,” Rahm said. “Tyrell he is a fierce competitor, a proven champion, and of course my Ryder Cup teammate.
“Caleb is one of the best looking players in the game. And Kieran is a consistent, talented player who has been promoted to LIV and is raising his game every day.”
Hatton started the year with a back-to-back 15th consecutive finish on the PGA Tour before taking a 31st place at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, the three-time Ryder Cup player was scheduled to appear at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-I this week before announcing his switch to the LIV Golf League.
The latest developments come 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 the golf game, with talks continuing at the end of December. deadline.
Who else has joined LIV Golf?
DP World Tour player of the year Adrian Meronk withdrew from the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open last week and is expected to be confirmed as a LIV Golf player when the finalists for the 2024 season are revealed on Wednesday.
Meronk has won four times in the last 18 months and narrowly missed out on a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team, the Polish player linked with a move to Cleeks GC coached by Martin Kaymer.
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.
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