Jon Rahm has joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league in a deal understood to be value as much as £450m.
The 29-year-old is now the second present main champion on the LIV circuit after US PGA champion Brooks Koepka.
In a convention name on Thursday, the Masters winner appeared to clarify the explanations behind his transfer.
“Each resolution I really feel like we make in life there shall be any individual who agrees and likes it and any individual who does not, proper,” Rahm mentioned.
“I made this resolution as a result of I consider it is the most effective for me and my household and everyone I have been capable of speak to has been actually supportive of me, so I am very snug with my resolution.
“I am no stranger to listening to some adverse issues on social media or in media. It is a part of what it’s, we’re public figures however you simply be taught to cope with it proper? This actually will not outline who I’m or change who I’m.”
Following affirmation of his swap, Rahm added in an official assertion: “I’m proud to hitch LIV Golf and be a part of one thing new that’s bringing progress to the game.
“I’ve little doubt that this can be a nice alternative for me and my household and am very excited for the long run.”
The Spaniard performed a number one function in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory in Rome this 12 months – however becoming a member of LIV locations his future within the contest in severe jeopardy as he wants to stay a DP World Tour member to be eligible.
Former LIV participant Bernd Wiesberger lately rejoined the DP World Tour, however solely after paying hefty fines and serving a prolonged suspension.
On his Ryder Cup future, Rahm mentioned: “That is lower than me proper now, but when it was as much as me, I will be eligible to play so I certainly hope I can sustain the great golf, preserve enjoying good golf and provides them a motive to have me on the workforce.”
“It is a large threat to take, however I’ve had it in consideration and once more, I am hopeful that I will be a part of the workforce once more.”
Beforehand, Rahm expressed his “fealty” to the PGA Tour in February 2022 and, in September that 12 months, rubbished rumours that he would bounce ship in reply to a submit on Twitter which claimed he was about to signal for LIV.
He had said “my coronary heart is with the PGA Tour”, however later admitted gamers felt a way of “betrayal” on the secret deal which was negotiated between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund, which bankrolls LIV Golf.
Nonetheless, after signing on with LIV, the Spaniard mentioned: “Clearly the previous two years there’s been plenty of evolving on the sport of golf, issues have modified rather a lot and so have I.”