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Jon Rahm ghosted by Tiger Woods after $450 million LIV Golf jump

February 26, 2024
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Many of us have been ghosted here or there, but rarely do we sit down to discuss said ghosting on an ESPN broadcast. Well, to be fair, most of us aren’t Jon Rahm and most of us didn’t make a controversial move to LIV Golf reportedly spurning one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.

That’s apparently what happened when Rahm left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf in December for $450 million. Rahm then tried to text Woods why he left and never heard back.

“Tiger? No, not really,” Rahm admitted when ESPN’s Marty Smith asked if he had heard back from Woods. “I mean, Tiger, I texted him and the people that try to reach out, you know, the process, when I signed and I just let him know, ‘Hey, you know, this is a personal decision.'”

Rahm didn’t go into any more detail about the Woods texts, but he did state that Rory McIlroy understood (and replied).

“Rory has been supportive publicly of my decision and he was privately as well,” Rahm said. Since the Spaniard’s departure, McIlroy has made more concessions for LIV Golf, just wanting to put this feud to bed and continue to compete against the best golfers.

“I was maybe a little judgmental of the guys who went to LIV Golf at the start,” he said to Gary Neville on The Overlap. “I think it was a bit of a mistake on my part because I now realize that not everyone is in my position or in Tiger Woods’ position.”

Like Woods, communication between Rahm and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is at a standstill. “I think he’s [too] busy enough to be talking to me,” Rahm said. The $450-million-dollar man would like to play on both the LIV Golf and PGA Tour circuits one day, but he’ll probably need to get a text back from someone (anyone!) to make that happen.