LIV Golf insurgent Rahm is a big Athletic Bilbao fan and is even a membership ambassador

Jon Rahm name-checked his beloved Athletic Bilbao as he confirmed his controversial swap to LIV Golf.

Despite earlier declarations that he would keep loyal to the PGA Tour, Rahm has been wooed by a Saudi-backed insurgent collection, who’ve handed him a mammoth £450m contract. The deal makes him one of many highest-paid sportsmen on the plant.

The 29-year-old turns into the second present main champion on the LIV circuit after US PGA winner Brooks Koepka. However, the swap might wreck his possibilities of showing within the Ryder Cup once more, with LIV gamers at present barred from representing the European crew.

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Asked concerning the dimension of his pay packet, the Spaniard advised Fox News: “I can’t comment on any of that, nor do I want to. It is private and it is going to stay private. Listen, it was a great offer. The money is great, it is wonderful.”

The Masters champion additionally claimed the crew focus of LIV Golf was a consider his determination to go away the PGA Tour and introduced up the La Liga membership, which he’s a lifelong fan of. He added: “Being a European, rising up as a fan of Athletic Bilbao.

LIV Golf defector Jon Rahm is a big Athletic Bilbao fan

“Hopefully some kids in the future, growing up in Spain, want to be part of this team that I’m going to build. It’s hopefully something I’m related to for a very long time, until I die, and I can make it something very special.”

Rahm was named an Athletic Club (as they’re identified in Spain) ambassador at first of the 12 months as a part of the Basque membership’s a hundred and twenty fifth anniversary celebrations.

Jon Rahm was paraded on the pitch after being unveiled as an Athletic Bilbao ambassador

“It is an honour to be the first in a list of great people,” said Rahm, who has been a club member for almost 20 years. “Being an Athletic ambassador and helping the club makes me very proud.

“I at all times attempt to make Athletic identified all around the world. I inform folks that it’s virtually like a faith right here. There are few sports activities groups on the earth which have traditions as outdated and deep-rooted as Athletic’s.”