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Jon Rahm rejects Phil Mickelson’s PGA tour request

Jon Rahm has responded to Phil Mickelson’s recent claim that the PGA Tour is “on a downward trend”, with the Spaniard saying “I don’t know what he’s talking about”.

“I really don’t know why he said that. There have been changes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to go down, does it?” said the world No. 5, who begins his 2022-23 PGA Tour season this week.

The 27-year-old, who was obviously confused, added: “I really don’t know why he said that. I don’t know. I really, really don’t know. I think there are big changes in course and big changes for Tour players. I really don’t know what made him say something like that.”

Lefty has endured a year filled with controversy following his historic major victory at the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Prior to his acquisition of LIV Golf, he called the Saudi Arabian “scary mother ******” of Alan Shipnuck, the author of his unauthorized biography, which he later declared “official”. These comments caused him to sit out the game and miss both the Masters and his defense of the PGA Championship title.

The six-time Major winner has drawn fresh criticism after insisting the PGA Tour is ‘on the downside’ and ‘you have to pick a side’ before claiming he ‘firmly’ believes he is doing part of the “winning” team of Golf’s Civil War. between LIV and the PGA Tour.

The rift between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf is obvious and will likely carry over to the Ryder Cup, which will be played at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome next year. Speaking about the dissension and possible impacts on the biennial tournament, Rahm said: “You have to have that welcoming aspect. If there’s animosity between the players, it just won’t work. Very few teams can succeed when players don’t. I don’t know if you can really make that happen.

Sergio Garcia said he would prefer to be kicked out of the Ryder Cup if his involvement had a negative impact on his teammates: “I’ve always said I love the Ryder Cup too much,” he told Sports Illustrated . “Obviously I would like to continue being part of it. When I see that so many people are against it, if the team is better without me, I would rather get out of it.

“There are obviously several guys who think strongly that way. The Tour is on the same thought. So I don’t want to be something that could hurt the team. I love the Ryder Cup too much.”

The Ryder Cup will inevitably be impacted by the emergence of LIV Golf but Rahm remains optimistic ahead of Rome: “A lot of young players are playing very well and if things can work out obviously those people are going to have a start. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a chance, it means we’re going to have a young squad, which isn’t a bad thing. Last year USA did well with a young team, so hopefully we can do the same.

The Spaniard’s comments followed a similar vein to that of European captain Luke Donald, who recently praised rookies Robert MacIntyre and Guido Migliozzi for their victories in Italy and the French Open.