Rory McIlroy urges Ryder Cup rule change after Jon Rahm LIV Golf exit


Jon Rahm’s Ryder Cup future is in doubt (Picture: Getty)

Rory McIlroy believes the Ryder Cup rules will have to be rewritten in the wake of Jon Rahm’s big-money move to LIV Golf to ensure the Spaniard is eligible to compete in 2025.

Rahm played a starring role in helping Europe regain the trophy in Rome this summer but faces an uncertain future in the competition following his defection to the Saudi-backed league.

In order to be eligible for selection, European players are required to play a minimum number of events on the DP World Tour each year, which will now not be feasible for the Masters champion.

McIlroy has frequently said that LIV players shouldn’t be selected for the Ryder Cup but the Northern Irishman now appears to have U-turned on his stance.

‘Jon is going to be in Bethpage in 2025 so, because of this decision, the European Tour [DP World Tour] are going to have to rewrite the rules for the Ryder Cup eligibility, absolutely,’ McIlroy told Sky Sports News.


‘There’s no question about that – I certainly want Jon Rahm on the next Ryder Cup team. I’m going to miss competing against him week in and week out.

‘He’s got so much talent, he’s so tenacious, he’s a great teammate in the Ryder Cup.’

Jon Rahm of Spain lifts the trophy as he celebrates with team Europe teammates the victory of the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Club.

The Spaniard played a crucial role in Europe winning the 2023 Ryder Cup (Picture: Getty)

Rahm, ranked third in the world, would likely be a crucial cog in Europe’s efforts to retain the Ryder Cup when it takes place in New York in two years.

Europe has not won a Ryder Cup in the United States since 2012, with the last European team suffering a record 19-9 defeat the last time the tournament was held stateside.

On his Ryder Cup future, Rahm told reporters: ‘My position with the Ryder Cup stands as it’s always been. I love the Ryder Cup.

‘I’ve explained many times how meaningful it is to me and I surely hope I can be in future editions of the Ryder Cup.

‘That’s not up to me right now, but if it was up to me, I’d be eligible to play so I surely hope I can keep up the good golf, keep playing good golf and give them a reason to have me on the team.’

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