Jon Rahm set to join golf’s elite at this year’s Scottish Open


Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm to tee it up alongside most of the world’s top 50 at the Scottish Open (Picture: Getty)

US Open champion Jon Rahm has confirmed he will play at this year’s Scottish Open – the first co-sanctioned event between the PGA and DP World Tours.

The Spaniard, 27, will join world No.1 Scottie Scheffler and current Open champion Collin Morikawa in the field in East Lothian.

The likes of Justin Thomas and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth have already announced they intend to play at the Scottish Open which gets underway between 7-10 July.

As it stands, 40 of the world’s top 50 will feature at the Renaissance Club showing the success of the PGA and DP World Tour’s partnership in certain events this season.

Back in November, golf’s two leading tours revealed a deal that would see dual points available at three tournaments this season, one of which is the Scottish Open.

The move was designed to strengthen the relationship between the PGA and DP World Tours in light of the Saudi-backed Super League’s emergence.

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are set to play at the Renaissance Club (Picture: Getty)

A number of players including Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood have asked to be released to play in the breakaway tour’s first event at the Centurion Club in St Albans next month but have been knocked back by the PGA Tour who are warning of lifetime bans.

Speaking last week, world No.1 Scheffler suggested he supports the PGA Tour’s strong stance on LIV Golf’s new tour.

He said: ‘I guess my first thoughts would be I kind of figured that was something that would happen. 

‘If you’re playing here on the PGA TOUR, playing in something that could be a rival series to the PGA TOUR, being a member of our TOUR, it’s definitely not something we want our membership to do.

‘Because it’s going to harm the tournament that we have opposite that and I’m sure that’s why they did not release the players.

‘Because if we have 15 guys go over there and play that hurts the RBC and the Canadian Open.’

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