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Foot Injury: Jon Rahm Withdraws LIV Event – Start at US Open Jeopardised?

Jon Rahm is not happy with his sporting life at the moment. The LIV Golf League‘s multi-million purchase is unfamiliar with the competitive circuit, isn’t really getting into his stride as a golfer either, hasn’t played a role in the majors so far this year – tied 45th at the Masters Tournament, missed the cut at the PGA Championship – and now even has to fear for his start at the US Open this week on the No. 2 course at Pinehurst.

Jon Rahm’s US Open 2024 in jeopardy?

Rahm, now number seven in the world, is suffering from inflammation in his left foot and had to pull out of the LIV event at the weekend in Houston/Texas during the second round as a result. The problems had already become apparent on the opening day; according to the LIV, the two-time major winner from Spain probably has a cut between his toes, which has apparently become infected. However, the bookmakers still have Rahm at 16-1 odds to win his second US Open triumph after Torrey Pines in 2021.


Forbes 2024: LIV Deal Boosts Jon Rahm to Second Place

A few days ago, the magazine ‘Forbes’ published its annually updated list of the world’s best-paid athletes. While Portugal’s soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo defends his place in the sun, Jon Rahm makes the biggest leap in the entire ranking, taking second place. The Spaniard has not only pushed Lionel Messi into third place, but is also among the top 3 earners in the sporting world as a golfer for the first time since Tiger Woods in 2013 (1st). The salaries from LIV Golf make it possible.

Forbes List 2024: Rahm, McIlroy & Co. – The five golfers of the ranking

Between May 2023 and May 2024, Forbes examined the total income of the world’s highest-paid athletes, as it does every year. The list of the 50 top earners also includes five golfers, among whom a recent LIV star plays a special role. Jon Rahm was not even among the top 50 in the previous year’s list, but is in second place this year with a total income of 218 million US dollars (201 million euros). The Spaniard owes this primarily to his lucrative LIV deal: According to Forbes, a full 198 million dollars of this comes from his income/contracts on the golf course, while ‘only’ 20 million dollars was earned off the golf course, for example through advertising revenue. This means that only Cristiano Ronaldo earned more in the last twelve months, defending his place from the previous year with a total income of 260 million dollars (240 million euros).

Jon Rahm and the second highest-paid golfer on the list are mainly separated by soccer and basketball stars such as Lionel Messi (3rd), LeBron James (4th), Kylian Mbappé (6th) and Stephen Curry (9th). Finally, Rory McIlroy, who was recently replaced by Xander Schauffele in second place in the world golf rankings after a long time, follows in 19th place. The Northern Irishman has a total income of 80.1 million dollars (73.8 million euros) and is therefore four places ahead of Tiger Woods with a total income of 67.2 million dollars (61.9 million euros). It is particularly striking that the 48-year-old alone earned 55 million dollars outside the golf course, for example through advertising revenue. This puts Woods in sixth place in this category. World number one and reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is in 29th place with 59.2 million dollars (54.6 million euros). The last golfer on the list is Cameron Smith, like Jon Rahm a player on the LIV Tour, with 48 million dollars (44.2 million euros).

The impact of LIV Golf changes the Forbes list

In 2013, Tiger Woods in first place (78.1 million dollars) was the last golfer to occupy one of the top three places on the Forbes list; between 2018 and 2022, only once did a golfer occupy a place among the ten highest-paid athletes in the world (2020: Tiger Woods in eighth place). This changed abruptly with the salaries of LIV Golf. In 2023, the two LIV golfers Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson were ranked sixth and seventh respectively. This year, Jon Rahm provided the biggest jump of the year with a second place finish and the first top three finish by a golfer since 2013. Rahm, who was not on the list last year, caused an uproar in the golf world when he signed with LIV Golf in December last year. While the details of the contract have not been released, it has already been reported to be at least $300 million over several years. We can certainly expect to see more LIV Golfers among the top earners in the sporting world in the future.

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The Masters Tournament 2024 – Jon Rahm: “It’s hard to put the jacket on somebody else”

Jon Rahm finishes the Masters Tournament 2024 with a weak final round of 76 shots. He made the same score on Friday, when conditions where much more difficult at the Augusta National Golf Club. His round places him at a total of nine shot over par tied for 45th place.

Jon Rahm with weak finish at The Masters Tournament 2024

Jon Rahm, who entered the tournament as the defending champion, was not able to make a convincing effort to take home another Green Jacket. And even with perfect conditions on Sunday he had a mixed first nine holes and finished the tournament with two double bogeys on the second nine holes.

Rahm started with three birdies on the first seven holes, only in round one he made more. He even had a magic hole out on hole 7.

But he kept having difficulties on the greens, losing a total of six shots from hole 8 onwards.

Jon Rahm on his final round: “A couple of bad swings”

Q. Talk about things you want to improve, the things that didn’t really work this week.

JON RAHM: I kind of went out there to try some things to see how it felt. Irons felt better, and off the tee felt good, to be honest. It felt pretty good. Just a couple of bad swings in there. There’s a lot of things that contributed to me not having my best week, and one of them I think was obviously on the greens, which is not easy. Never really had the pace of the greens, and a couple too many three-putts. That’s the easiest way to fix it, but that’s, I think, very subjective to this golf course and the conditions we’re playing on.

Q. Maybe the more positive things is describing what it meant to come here as a defending champion, everything that happened?

JON RAHM: Well, it’s harder to talk about it when I’ve played this bad. It’s been nice to have some receptions walking up to some tees no matter what my score was and seeing the appreciation. But when you don’t have your best week, it’s not that — it’s hard to have to stay now to put the jacket on somebody else and never really ever have a chance.

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The Masters Tournament 2024: Jon Rahm With Hole-Out for Birdie

The final day of the Masters Tournament 2024 has gone exceptionally well for Jon Rahm so far, considering the defending champion’s performances in the previous round. But with this extraordinary birdie, he probably tops all previous shots in his tournament.

Hole-out for birdie: Jon Rahm with a magic shot at the Masters Tournament 2024

After a poor tee shot between the trees on the right-hand side of the seventh fairway, Jon Rahm could only save himself with a flat chip back onto the fairway. The par no longer seemed safe at this point and a birdie was certainly out of the question from the Spaniard’s perspective. But, as we all know, one should never give up hope. From 80 yards, Rahm achieved a feat with his wedge and the ball went into the hole for a birdie.

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Live Blog: Jon Rahm Finishes The Masters 2024 Over Par

The 2024 Masters Tournament will be a special one for Jon Rahm. As last years champion the Spaniard will attempt to defend his title, just months after his transfer to the LIV Golf League. In last years Masters he secured his win with a solid last round, finishing the tournament at -12 with a four shot lead over fellow LIV golfer Brooks Koepka.

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Jon Rahm and the Masters Tournament

Since turning pro back in 2016 Jon Rahm captured several top 10 positions across the four major tournaments. With a fourth place both at the Masters Tournament and the PGA Championship in 2018 he stepped close to a major titel, but had to wait for another three years befor he checked in his first title. At the 2021 US Open Rahm took the win, all while landing in the top 10 of all other majors in that season. Just two years after that in 2023 he landed his first green jacket at Augusta National.

In a tight race with major-specialist Brooks Koepka Rahm entered the last round in Augusta in 2023. He kept his nerves and locked in a -3 69 round, while Koepka struggled and endet up tied in second place with Phil Mickelson.

Rahm’s chances at the Masters Tournament 2024

Looking back at Rahm’s past result at the seasons first major the odds for a title-defence are everything but bad. With strong top 10s for years now Jon Rahm is always a player to consider for a major title.

Altough the Spaniard is just five tournaments in to the new season and his new golf home, the LIV Golf League, he already delivered some amazing results. With three top five finishes and two other top 10s he demonstrated a good form with his “Leagion XIII” in various locations around the globe.

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The Masters Tournament 2024 Tee Times: When Will Jon Rahm Tee Off?

Jon Rahm got off to a weak start to The Masters Tournament 2024 on the first two days; the third round saw him improve his scores slightly as he played his best round at the tournament to date. Still, the defending champion urgently needs to improve on Moving Day to put pressure on the leading group. A look at the tee times of the Spaniard and his competitors.

The Masters Tournament 2024: Tee Times Jon Rahm on Moving Day

Jon Rahm starts his final round alongside US-American Tony Finau at 11:45 a.m. local time.

Tee Times The Masters 2024 Jon Rahm
Tee Time Round 4 (Sunday) 11:45 AM (local time)

The Masters Tournament 2024: Full Tee Times Round 4

Take a look at the complete Tee Times on the final round in Augusta.

Tee Times The Masters Tournament 2024 Round 4

Tee Tee Time Player 1 Player 2
1 9:15 Adam Hadwin Vijay Singh
1 9:25 Jake Knapp Grayson Murray
1 9:35 Neal Shipley (A) Tiger Woods
1 9:45 Tom Kim Denny McCarthy
1 9:55 Kurt Kitayama Thorbjørn Olesen
1 10:05 Erik van Rooyen Eric Cole
1 10:15 José María Olazábal Camilo Villegas
1 10:25 Russell Henley Jason Day
1 10:35 Keegan Bradley Min Woo Lee
1 10:45 Si Woo Kim J. T. Poston
1 11:05 Corey Conners Brooks Koepka
1 11:15 Phil Mickelson Shane Lowry
1 11:25 Taylor Moore Sahith Theegala
1 11:35 Akshay Bhatia Harris English
1 11:45 Jon Rahm Tony Finau
1 11:55 Hideki Matsuyama Luke List
1 12:05 Ryan Fox Rickie Fowler
1 12:25 Danny Willett Adam Scott
1 12:35 Will Zalatoris Tyrrell Hatton
1 12:45 Rory McIlroy Joaquín Niemann
1 12:55 Matthieu Pavon Sepp Straka
1 13:05 Matt Fitzpatrick Patrick Reed
1 13:15 Adam Schenk Chris Kirk
1 13:25 Patrick Cantlay Lucas Glover
1 13:45 Cameron Young Tommy Fleetwood
1 13:55 Byeong Hun An Cameron Smith
1 14:05 Cameron Davis Nicolai Højgaard
1 14:15 Bryson DeChambeau Xander Schauffele
1 14:25 Max Homa Ludvig Åberg
1 14:35 Scottie Scheffler Collin Morikawa

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The Masters Tournament 2024: Jon Rahm struggles to find “swing” in third round

Jon Rahm faced a demanding third round this saturday at The Masters Tournament 2024. Despite a steady start with pars on the first six holes he experienced increasing difficulties, dimming hopes of defending his title.

Steady start for John Rahm in third round at the Masters Tournament 2024

The round began promising for Rahm, who completed the first six holes at consistent par. However, with the seventh hole, the challenges began and he recorded a bogey on a par-4. Rahm concluded the front nine with a 37 (+1), marking a deterioration from par.

Recovery on the Back Nine with Challenges

On the back nine, Rahm managed to score the opposite scorecard and play pars until the 16th hole. A glimmer of hope was a birdie on the seventeenth hole, followed by a concluding par on the eighteenth. These led to a score of 35 (-1) for the back nine, helping him to finish the day with an overall score of 72 (E).

Jon Rahm on Challenging Conditions and Missed Opportunities

Playing conditions were a central topic in the interview with Jon Rahm. ” There is still a couple spots where if it gusted still some heavy winds. Obviously a little bit easier, but the golf course is quite firm and fast also, so that’s always going to make things a little more interesting.,” Rahm describes the challenges of the course. When asked about his progress of the week, he commented on his performance of the second round on friday. “Yesterday was terrible. Today I kept in in play off the tee, which is going to do a lot.”

“Gave myself plenty of chances; just didn’t make them,” he shared in frustration, but commented on a few highlights of the day. “Luckily made the one on 17 to have the only birdie of the day, and the one par putt on 6. Besides that, it was just seeing a couple fall in. I had a few really good chances on 3, 4, and 5. 8. Couple others. 12, 13, 14, just — 15, none of them wanted to go in.”

Rahm also expressed his thoughts about his progress during the last couple of rounds of the Masters Tournament 2024: “Well, it’s — those first two days I think I said it yesterday, it’s just too hard of conditions to not have your swing. Being a little lost and not being under control of what was going on makes it so much harder.”

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The Masters Tournament 2024: Jon Rahm Survives the Cut

For a moment, towards the end of round two, it looked like defending champion Jon Rahm might not make it to the weekend of The Masters Tournament 2024. After coming out of Amen Corner he suffered a double bogey on 14 after his second shot landed somewhere in the patrons and he continued with a three put after the slope of the Augusta greens as well as the wind carried his ball far away from the hole. After that odyssey he looked dangerously close to not making the cut.

The Masters Tournament 2024: Jon Rahm dangerously close to the cutline

But Rahm, who conquered Augusta before, bounced back with two birdies, getting back the shots he lost on 14, giving himself a better outlook on the weekend. A bogey on 17 brought him into a precarious situation again but the cutline shifted, giving him some breathing room with a total score of 5 over par. Rahm signed a 76 on Friday and sits at a tied 44th place on the leaderboard, eleven shits behind the leading trio made up of Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa and Bryson DeChambeau.

Jon Rahm on making the cut: “a last ditch effort at the end”

Q. Tell us a little bit about your round today.

JON RAHM: It’s a very bad day not to be comfortable with the swing, that’s for sure. Yeah, just fighting it all day, never comfortable. I didn’t give myself a lot of chances, and it was a last ditch effort at the end to try and make the cut. Luckily I was successful in doing so.

Q. Talk about your reaction to those two birdies.

JON RAHM: It’s exactly that, no other choice. Make just too many mistakes when I put myself in good position. To just see one putt go in is nice and then a bonus on 16.

Still managed to stretch myself out to a three-putt on 17. So it’s not easy out there. Got a lot of work to do tomorrow if I want to have a chance on Sunday.

Q. How hard did you get at the end there, Jon?

JON RAHM: Very. A couple times questioning myself why we were out there, especially when I got to 18 and saw the whole front of the green just full of sand. It’s rolling a little bit different. I understand they want us to finish.

I can imagine they were very close to calling it a few times, especially when we were on 11 green and we were getting those massive gusts every couple of minutes or so. It was extremely difficult.

We got it in. Hopefully I can just make up some ground tomorrow.

You just put the ball down, and it’s very close to moving. Not only that, how long did it take us to play? Over six hours to play just because they had to blow the greens in between groups, and then when you get to a group, people stepping back and back in. It’s just, again, borderline.

It was very, very close. It’s about as hard a golf course as I’ve seen in a very long time.

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The Masters Tournament 2024: Jon Rahm Lags Behind the Leaders

Last year’s winner Jon Rahm is one of the top favorites for The Masters Tournament 2024, but the Spaniard struggled with the conditions on the first day. Rahm made a few mistakes on the back nine in particular.

Jon Rahm over par after the first round at The Masters Tournament 2024

After the start of the first day had already been postponed by more than two hours due to a thunderstorm, the players had to contend with the wind despite the sunshine. Jon Rahm was no exception.

The Spaniard got off to a good start and recorded his first birdie on hole 3, but fell back to even par straight away. Nevertheless, Rahm played his way to two under par on the first half of the course until the problems began. On the second half of the course, the wind had become stronger and stronger and Rahm had to record another bogey on the par-4 10th. After losing another shot on the 14th, Rahm briefly gained another stroke before having to record a final bogey on the 18th. At one over par, Rahm is already a few shots behind the leader Bryson DeChambeau, who leads the field at seven under par.

Jon Rahm: “It’s a difficult golf course”

In his post-round interview, Jon Rahm reflected on his first round as the reigning Masters champion, acknowledging the challenges of Augusta National. “It’s a difficult golf course. That’s all I can say. It’s not easy,” he remarked. “You’re not really having the luxury out there of being able to miss shots, especially tee shots.” Rahm expressed disappointment with his performance on the back nine, admitting, “Unfortunately on that back nine I missed a few too many shots. Never really in a good position to give myself the best chance for birdies and ended up with what could have been a little bit better of a score. It’s just too bad. Bad swings are bad swings, but I think 4 and 17 could have been avoided. Those two three-putts could have been avoided.”

When asked about his surprise at the low scores, Rahm’s response was mixed. “Yes and no,” he said. “There’s always somebody who seems to come out on Thursday and shoot 7-under no matter the conditions.”

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WITB Jon Rahm: The Equipment for the Masters Tournament 2024

Last years Masters Tournament Champion Jon Rahm returns to Augusta National. In his golfbag is an array of old and new club from his longterm partner Callaway. With the new Ai Smoke series and the new Chrome Tour golf ball Rahm trusts the 2024 innovations coming from Callaway in Augusta National.

WITB Jon Rahm at the Masters Tournament 2024

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Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke (10.5°)

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Fairways Woods: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (16° and 18°)

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Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (4)

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Callaway Apex TCB (5-PW) 

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Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (52-10, 56-12, 60-10)

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Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Rossie S 

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Ball: Callaway Chrome Tour X