Rory McIlroy wasn’t the only PGA Tour star to react to Jon Rahm’s move to LIV Golf on Thursday which sent shockwaves through the golf world.
Unlike the acrimony between the two sides a few years ago when LIV golf began, the PGA Tour players understood the decision Rahm made to defect to LIV, but acknowledged that it comes at a tough time because the Tour and the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) have a deadline of Dec. 31 to finalize their partnership.
Rickie Fowler — who is teaming up with LPGA star Lexi Thompson in the three-day Grant Thornton Invitational that begins Friday in a co-sanctioned mixed-team event between the two tours — said he is still curious to see if the Tour and PIF can come to an agreement.
“(Rahm’s) decision doesn’t affect me necessarily, but it’ll be interesting to see how things continue to play out,” Fowler said, according to the Associated Press. “Timelines of things with the deal deadline being end of the year, it’s hard to really think that goes through just with the timing of it and how much would have to get done between now and then.”
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