Jon Rahm backs Sergio Garcia’s legacy to survive LIV controversy

Jon Rahm hopes Sergio Garcia’s legacy in the game won’t be tarnished by his time at LIV Golf as the “unprecedented” saga rumbles on.

The Spaniards are on opposite sides of golf, but the world No. of his rookie exit.

This could prove to be Garcia’s final appearance in the biennial dust after the contest-record points scorer failed to compete in the minimum number of DP World Tour events this season to make himself eligible for an 11th appearance at Rome next year.

Rahm understands the backlash LIV golfers are facing and admits it’s likely to damage their image, but hopes the long-term impact for Garcia will be minor given how much he’s achieved in 25 years. careers.

When asked if he thought Garcia’s legacy would be affected, he replied: “I hope not. It’s very unprecedented, okay, what we’re dealing with in the game. It hasn’t even been that long, what, six months And there will definitely be a before and an after at some point, and there will definitely be a split.

“But I think for the core fans who have been fans of Sergio, I don’t think they really care where he plays. Some of them might, but most of them, I don’t really think they care.

“It still shouldn’t change what he’s done in the game, what he’s done in the Ryder Cup, the European Tour, the PGA Tour, shouldn’t be affected by where he decides to go. golf, at least in my mind.

“It might have some impact. I find it hard to believe that a lot of these players are going to have a positive impact with their legacy right now. We don’t know what’s going to happen, but if so, I hope it’s not a big one, let’s put it this way He’s done a lot for the game of golf so it would be sad to see that change.

Rahm also opened up about his relationship with another Spaniard on the LIV list. In addition to pursuing a host of big-name veterans, the Saudi-funded series courted young amateur talent for its inaugural season, securing the signing of Eugenio Lopez-Chaccara straight out of Oklahoma State University.

The world No. 2 amateur made his professional debut at the LIV Golf Invitational Portland before picking up his maiden tournament victory in Bangkok in just his fifth start. In total, Chaccara earned just under $7 million in seven events and Rahm can see why the lure of guaranteed money was too hard for the 22-year-old to turn down.

“I don’t blame him,” Rahm added. no’, I’d probably be punched in the face. Especially if I said, ‘Let’s do a mini-tour in Latin America instead and see how it goes'”.

Michael C. Ford