Three days earlier than its season opener in Mexico, the LIV Golf League on Tuesday introduced the signing of England’s Tyrrell Hatton to affix Jon Rahm‘s new crew, Legion XIII, the primary enlargement franchise within the circuit’s historical past.
Hatton, the Sixteenth-ranked participant within the Official World Golf Rating, will be part of Zimbabwe’s Kieran Vincent and College of Tennessee sophomore Caleb Surratt on Rahm’s crew. His squad would be the thirteenth crew in a league that performs 54 holes and has shotgun begins.
“We have come a good distance in a brief time period and are extraordinarily pleased with the crew and model we’re constructing,” Rahm mentioned in an announcement. “As we have been growing the crew’s model it turned clear that I wished to combat alongside a gaggle of men who aligned completely with what the crew stands for.
“Tyrrell is a fierce competitor, confirmed champion, and naturally my Ryder Cup teammate. Caleb is likely one of the brightest subsequent gen stars of the sport. And Kieran is a gentle, proficient ball striker who earned his promotion to LIV and is elevating his sport every single day.”
The Telegraph of London reported Monday that Hatton obtained a deal value about $60 million after LIV Golf officers made a late push for him to signal.
LIV Golf officers have been courting Hatton and different PGA Tour gamers for months after signing Rahm on Dec. 7. Two weeks in the past, Hatton instructed reporters in Dubai that he was staying with the PGA Tour and DP World Tour “as of proper now” after having discussions with LIV Golf.
“The introduction of Legion XIII is a testomony to LIV Golf’s continued development as our league builds for the long-term,” LIV Golf commissioner and CEO Greg Norman mentioned in an announcement “Jon Rahm is likely one of the prime opponents on the earth and his crew will make a direct impression on the league each on and off the golf course.
“That is one other thrilling second within the pure evolution of LIV Golf and the longer term for the game.”
Hatton, 32, is a six-time winner on the DP World Tour and gained as soon as on the PGA Tour, on the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Englishman completed second on the 2023 Gamers Championship, one in all his seven top-10 finishes in 21 begins final season. Hatton has competed on the European crew in three Ryder Cups.
Surratt, who’s from Indian Path, North Carolina, gained the SEC particular person championship and was named the league’s freshman of the yr in 2023. He’s the Tenth-ranked newbie on the earth and was a member of final yr’s Walker Cup crew.
Final week, LIV Golf added Poland’s Adrian Meronk, a four-time winner on the DP World Tour and the circuit’s participant of the yr in 2023. Meronk was anticipated to play on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour this season; he withdrew from the sector forward of final week’s Farmers Insurance coverage Open.
LIV Golf hasn’t introduced the addition of Meronk, who is predicted to affix Martin Kaymer‘s Cleeks GC squad.
LIV Golf begins its third season Friday at Mayakoba Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.