Rahm calls for LIV to move to 72 holes

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Jon Rahm has called for the LIV Golf League to change from its 54-hole format to 72-holes.

Before moving to LIV, Rahm was critical of the Saudi backed tour’s 54-hole not cut format but having signed a record $500m contract to join in the winter he believes his new employers should switch to 72-holes rather than the 54-hole shotgun start.

“If there ever was a way where LIV could go to 72 holes I think it would help all of this argument a lot,” the Spaniard told BBC Sport.

“The closer I think we can get LIV Golf to some other things the better. I think it would be for some kind of unification to feed into a world tour or something like that.

“I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I definitely wouldn’t mind going back to 72 holes.”

Rahm was the biggest move to LIV Golf since the likes of Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson defected from the PGA Tour having added the Masters (which he defends this week) to his 2021 US Open title and he feels his transfer proves that LIV is capable of luring any player to the tour.

“That’s a well thought out argument,” he said. “I could be the start of a tipping point in that sense.

“I understood the weight that [my] decision could have and the impact it could have. I understood that perfectly and that’s why it wasn’t an easy decision.

“The balance of golf could be disturbed a little bit. Luckily in my career, especially last year, I accomplished a lot and I got to be one of the bigger names in golf.

“There are few active players that could have had a bigger impact than myself in that sense. Not to be patting myself on the back too much, but I understood the position I was in.”

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