Jon Rahm has revealed he will miss competing at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour. He will instead be playing in his second LIV Golf event at Las Vegas Country Club.
The PGA Tour and LIV will once again go head-to-head this week, with WM Phoenix Open and LIV Las Vegas taking place at the same time, 300 miles apart. Rahm has given up the chance to play in Phoenix following his move to the breakaway league in December.
And despite getting the chance to play in LIV’s first-ever event in Sin City, he feels emotional about missing the action in Arizona. “Driving by Phoenix as often as I had to and knowing that I wasn’t going to play there, it’s definitely emotional,” he said.
Phoenix holds a special place in Rahm’s heart having played his college golf at Arizona State University. The Spaniard also has close ties to the Farmers Insurance Open too, which took place on the Tour late last month.
This tournament, based at Torrey Pines, was where Rahm won his first-ever PGA Tour tournament in 2017, beating fellow LIV star Charles Howell III by three shots. Looking back at some of his favourite events, Rahm hopes he can return to the PGA Tour one day.
“It was a lot harder to be at home not competing and know that those events were going on,” he said. “Palm Springs and Torrey, those weeks were hard. I’ve explained so many times how important Torrey is for me. And driving by Phoenix as often as I had to and knowing that I wasn’t going to play there, it’s definitely emotional.”
“That’s one of the things that I’m going to miss. I’m hoping that in the near future, I can be back playing some of those events. I would certainly love to go back and play some of them.” Rahm started his journey with LIV Golf in Mexico last week and nearly completed a debut double.
After winning the team title Legion XIII, he narrowly missed out on the individual crown. The Masters champion stood on the 17th tee with a share of the lead with two holes to play, but back-to-back bogeys followed, ensuring he missed out on a spot in a playoff with Joaquin Niemann and Sergio Garcia.
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