Just recently;Jon Rahm and other LIV golfers can play for Europe in the 2025 Ryder Cup … with conditions

Just recently;Jon Rahm and other LIV golfers can play for Europe in the 2025 Ryder Cup … with conditions

LONDON — Blame Rory McIlroy. In the immediate aftermath of two-time major champion Jon Rahm’s decision to join the LIV Golf League, the Northern Irishman wasted no time in expressing his fear that the Spaniard would therefore miss out on a fourth Ryder Cup start for Europe in 2025.

“The European Tour is going to have to rewrite the rules for Ryder Cup eligibility,” McIlroy lamented in December. “There’s absolutely no question about that.”

Well, it turns out the Old World circuit doesn’t have to do anything of the sort. As things stand, the regulations for Ryder Cup eligibility provide a possible pathway into the team that competes on the road at Bethpage Black for Rahm and any other European player currently plying his trade on the LIV Golf League.

“If we look at the eligibility criteria for 2023, I think there has been a slight misconception,” said Guy Kinnings, the newly minted DP World Tour chief executive, when sitting down for an interview on Thursday. “The reality is that, under the current system, if a player is European and is a member of the DP World Tour and abides by the rules in place, he is eligible.”

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A closer look at those directives shows that, every time a DP World Tour member like Rahm or Englishman Tyrrell Hatton plays in a LIV event without obtaining a release from Kinnings, he is subject to sanctions. While each breach is taken on “a case-by-case basis,” that typically means a suspension from the DP World Tour and an undisclosed financial penalty.

“If you don’t get a release there are sanctions, so a player must accept those sanctions,” Kinnings said. “And if he accepts the penalties, there is no reason why a player who has taken LIV membership and maintained his DP World Tour membership could not a) qualify or b) be available for Ryder Cup selection.

“It requires a player to work within the rules, but the truth is that those rules have been looked and tested. Everything is done in a fair, reasonable and proportionate way. So there is no reason why anything needs to change. It is wrong to think Jon Rahm has written himself out of the Ryder Cup. People instantly thought we would have to change the rules. But actually we don’t. If Jon follows the procedures in place, there is no reason why he would not be eligible for the 2025 Ryder Cup.”

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