From the first day of LIV Golf's creation, Brandel Chamblee was one of those who did not support the appearance of such a Tour. Since the arrival of LIV Golf, a lot has changed. Individuals decided to go after the money and join LIV Golf.
Even though they strongly said they wouldn't leave the PGA Tour, things changed pretty fast. Jon Rahm's departure confirmed once again how difficult it is to believe the statements of individuals. The Spaniard made an unpopular decision and emphasized that money was not the primary reason why he joined LIV Golf.
“I feel like a large part of the professional game is experiencing something like Stockholm Syndrome as it relates to being involved with LIV. You look at Jon Rahm’s words in the past and the stark contrast to what he said — what he intimated many times.
It was more convenient for him to do this. It’s also clear that he sold his career out."-Brandle Chamblee said.
Brandel Chamblee reacts to Jon Rahm's decision
Jon Rahm realized that he could make a lot of money playing LIV Golf.
However, Chamblee believes that the Spaniard made a mistake. Looking at Rahm's qualities, we can't help but wonder what kind of future he would have on the PGA Tour. Golf experts believe that Rahm would lead the way on the PGA Tour and become one of the main faces of this Tour, even though he already had enormous popularity.
"When you look at Jon Rahm’s career and where he was headed — if it’s $300 million or $400 million, or I heard you say $560 million earlier, I would still say he short-sided himself because he did sell his career for...Brandel Chamblee is a man who has been on the golf scene for years and knows the situation well. He has enormous respect for Rahm's qualities, but not for his decision that could change the course of his career.
half the price that it would ultimately be worth."- Chamblee went on, as reported by golfmonthly.com
Chamblee, on the other hand, is convinced that Rahm could have made huge money by staying on the PGA Tour. It's too late to talk about it now, but Rahm obviously had a different opinion. “If you look at Rahm’s trajectory, what he was capable of doing.
At 29 years of age — another 10, 11, 12 years of an 8% win percentage - I don’t think it would shock anybody that he would have eventually been worth a billion or two or three billion dollars given the nature of the escalating purses and money brought into the PGA Tour."