Jon Rahm’s big money LIV Golf defection ups pressure on PGA Tour deal

Recruitment of World number 3 Rahm comes after the LIV and the PGA agreed to drop a provision that forbids poaching of golfers

Jon Rahm’s defection to LIV Golf has sparked considerable criticism

Saudi Arabia secured a much-hyped coup in signing Jon Rahm, one of the world’s top golfers, to its LIV Golf league — but the real work ahead lies in eliminating hurdles to a historic tie-up with the PGA Tour before the year-end deadline.

The deal for Rahm, 29, is partly an attempt to highlight how serious Saudi Arabia is in owning a slice of one of the world’s most lucrative sports, coming during a crucial ...