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Jon Rahm’s ‘World Class’ Statement Backfires Among Fans, LIV Golf Faces Harsh Scrutiny

On and off LIV Golf, Jon Rahm has had a less than consistent 2024 season. This is the Spaniard’s first in the Saudi-backed league. Despite a few strong finishes, Rahmbo has yet to secure a victory in the PIF-funded league. Still, Rahm sits in second place in this year’s LIV Golf season rankings. The Spaniard will be seen teeing it up in Andalusia with an advantage LIV Golf has given him over the 29-year-old. “world class stage” The player, who will play golf in Spain, aims to repeat his previous success of being in the top 10.

Rahm, on the other hand, has been quite disappointing in his finishes when he has played outside of his destructive league. As the defending champion of the 88th Masters, the Spaniard struggled mightily and finished T45 on the leaderboard.

Then, at Valhalla, the LIV Golf pro missed the cut after shooting a 1-over 72 and snapping a streak of making the cut at 18 consecutive majors. Coming into the 124th US Open, Rahm suffered a foot infection that forced him to withdraw from the event. As it turns out, Rahm’s performance outside of LIV Golf has not been satisfactory.

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After failing to make a mark in the majors, the golf world doubted Rahm’s style of play and questioned whether his move to LIV Golf had affected that. Still, despite struggling to score well in the majors, Rahm’s performance at LIV Golf has been top-notch. And his recent praise for the Greg Norma-led circuit has sparked outrage among golf fans.

Golf world mocks Jon Rahm’s LIV Golf rankings

There are always more than 100 players in the field of majors, and among them are not only PGA Tour or LIV Golf professionals, but also amateurs and professionals from the Asian Tour or development circuits. As a result, these events represent the pinnacle and a good finish is proof of a professional’s golf skills. And this is where Rahm fails in 2024. Taking the same into account, a fan said: “So when he plays in big venues with real courses he’s terrible, but when he plays in 54-hole events that are half the size of the competition he’s good. I get it.”

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In all eight events Rahm has played so far at LIV Golf, the 29-year-old has surprisingly always finished third or lower but inside the top 10. However, despite leading the field several times after 36 holes, the Spaniard has never won or finished second in an event. On the other hand, playing on the PGA Tour in 2023, Rahm has won four times on the season. That huge difference has led this fan to belittle Rahm’s second-place finish in the LIV season log rankings, as they say, “But he didn’t finish higher than third place… that’s certainly not what you expected, or what you would expect if he had stayed on the PGA Tour…”

Another fan dismissed Rahm’s second place finish because they criticized the field strength at LIV Golf. PGA Tour events feature top players from the OWGR, such as Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, and more. However, LIV Golf features Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and other trending players, to name a few. For this reason, many consider it to have a weaker field than the Tour.

This led one fan to belittle Rahm’s attitude throughout the season, saying: “Hto’He’s in the top ten in tournaments with 10 real players. He was the best player in the world about a year ago. Now he can’t even win against 10 people in a meaningless tournament, he’s far from performing in a major. Being 2nd in the LIV rankings means nothing.” One fan responded with a similar stance to Rahm and the LIV Golf course. However, they focused more on the wild card aspect of LIV, where Anthony Kim joined the league after a 12-year hiatus. And the struggling Hudson Swafford was given another chance, further affecting the strength of the field. Therefore, this fan downplayed Rahm’s LIV ranking, saying: “That’s not really an accomplishment. Rahm not finishing in the top 10 in a field of 50 that included Anthony Kim, Pat Perez, and Hudson Swafford, more than half of which are unimpressive. In your honest opinion: How many LIV players are a real threat to finish in the top 10? 35?”

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Does Rahm’s ranking matter? No, as far as this viewer is concerned. After his poor showing at the majors, Rahm’s performances at LIV Golf events were not indicative of his skill set. While LIV Golf has potentially improved TV ratings and attracted a new fan base, it still lags behind the PGA Tour, making the league and its ranking less important. As this fan put it, “Yeah but no one watches LIV.. so I think.. he had a terrible year and unfortunately for him I’m not looking at anything other than the majors.”

The Spaniard now plays another LIV Golf event in his home country of Andalusia. Following that, Rahm is likely to play in his 152nd Open Championship. If he successfully wins LIV Golf Andalusia and improves on his last major, the 29-year-old could silence his critics with a resounding response.