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PGA Tour confirms it has suspended Jon Rahm 'indefinitely' for signing with LIV Golf

The PGA Tour has announced that Spanish World No 3 Jon Rahm has been suspended following his decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed the decision in a memo sent to the players.

"As you will recall, last year we communicated our commitment to ensure that suspended members do not negatively impact other players' tournament eligibility, position on the Priority Rankings or eligibility to compete in the Players and Signature Events," Monahan said.

"Consequently the Policy Board established a new ranking - called the 'FedEx Cup Playoffs & Eligibility Points List' - that removes players who are under suspension for their participation in an unauthorised tournament or their association with a series of unauthorised tournaments from the FedEx Cup Points List.

"In accordance with the PGA Tour Tournament Regulations, Jon Rahm has been notified that he is suspended and no longer eligible to participate in PGA Tour tournament play due to his association with a series of unauthorised tournaments."

One man's loss is another man's gain, however, and with Rahm exiting the points list, it leaves Mackenzie Hughes and Carl Yuan as the biggest beneficiaries.

Hughes goes from No 51 to No 50, making him eligible for all seven of the $20m signature events in 2024, while Yuan moves up one spot to No 125 and no longer needs to head to Q-school this week, having secured a full PGA Tour card for next year.

Rahm confirmed the switch to LIV Golf last Thursday following weeks of speculation.

The deal is set to net the Spaniard hundreds of millions of dollars - at least 300 of them, if reports are accurate.

The World No 3 golfer recently said he hopes to retain his PGA Tour status despite the move.

"I absolutely intend to keep my DP World Tour status and PGA Tour status and be a member if possible if allowed and play in more events," he told the  Fairway to Heaven podcast in an interview published on Saturday.

"So, nothing regarded to that is going to change in my mind."

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