Rory McIlroy has been among the most vocal critics of the Tour since LIV Golf's appearance. However, he's someone who holds immense regard for the PGA Tour and has been a key ambassador for it. Despite expectations of McIlroy expressing anger towards Jon Rahm, that didn't happen.
In fact, McIlroy advocated for changes in rules to give Rahm a chance in the Ryder Cup in two years. Rahm couldn't hide his joy at McIlroy's support. When a player like McIlroy, who isn't a fan of LIV Golf, stands by you, it shows the respect he holds for you.
"I have so much respect for Rory McIlroy and to have his support right away is very, very special. It's almost emotional to hear about it."- the Spaniard said.
Jon Rahm on the Ryder Cup
Playing at the Ryder Cup this year, Rahm showed how important a player he is to the European team.
His decision might result in him being unable to participate in the Ryder Cup in 2025. Rahm was aware of this and made a thoughtful decision when choosing to join LIV Golf. The Spaniard confirmed that he wants to keep his DP World Tour status and PGA Tour status.
Many believe that it would be a great pity if Rahm did not perform at the Ryder Cup.
Time will best tell if Rahm will be part of the team that will move towards the greatest feat: Winning the Ryder Cup on US soil.
"The Ryder Cup means a lot to me and is one of the things that made this decision very difficult for me. And I've always been hopeful that if I made the step, the DP World Tour would maybe adapt the eligibility so we can play it.
With that said, I absolutely pretend to keep my DP World Tour status and PGA Tour status and be a member if possible if allowed and play more events."- Rahm said, as reported by golfmonthly.com
The coming days and weeks could reveal a lot. If the deal between the PIF and the PGA Tour is completed, there is a huge chance that Rahm will play in two years.