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Rahm and Hatton's Ryder Cup Hopes Hang in the Balance

By James Corrigan, Golf Correspondent

Published on March 18, 2024

LIV Rebels Face Consequences

Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton, once a formidable partnership in Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup campaign, now find their eligibility for the next Ryder Cup in jeopardy. Their lucrative deals with LIV Golf have come at a cost.

Bans and Fines Accumulate

Both Rahm and Hatton have participated in four $20 million LIV events this year, resulting in one-tournament suspensions and fines exceeding £100,000 on the DP World Tour. While the financial penalties may not faze them—Rahm received over £400 million, and Hatton around £50 million—the bans pose a significant concern.

Ryder Cup Dilemma

The Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black looms large, and unless they play a minimum of four Tour events in 2024, Rahm and Hatton risk losing their cards. Europe aims to win on US soil for the first time in 13 years, but these LIV rebels must navigate the eligibility rules to secure their spots.

Pressure and Negotiations

Europe’s highest-ranked player, Rory McIlroy, advocates for rule changes to accommodate Rahm. However, negotiations between the Saudi Public Investment Fund, the PGA Tour, and the DP World Tour remain ongoing. Time is of the essence as the Ryder Cup qualifying campaign approaches.

Uncertain Path Ahead

While the golfing world watches, Rahm and Hatton walk a tightrope. Can they fulfill their quota of Tour events and make it to Bethpage? The answer lies in the delicate balance between LIV Golf's emergence and the Ryder Cup's prestige.

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