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Tyrrell Hatton Becomes Latest Name to Make Switch to LIV Golf

Tyrrell Hatton Becomes Latest Name to Make Switch to LIV Golf
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Six-time DP World Tour Champion and Ryder Cup winner Tyrrell Hatton has become the latest high-profile player to switch to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour.

The 32-year-old Englishman, who was part of Europes Ryder Cup winning team last October, has been named as part of Jon Rahm’s Legion XIII, the first new team to join the league since its inception in 2022.

Hatton was set to take part in this weekend’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR but will now make his first LIV Golf appearance at the season-opening LIV Golf Mayakoba at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this Friday.

Following the recent Dubai Desert Classic, Hatton was questioned following the rumours of him potentially making the switch.

“I’d say there’s several people who have had conversations [with LIV],” he stated at Emirates Golf Club. I think that’s part and parcel of golf at the moment but I’m quite happy playing the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. There’s a lot of people that have [spoken to LIV] and I don’t think there is anything to shy away from.”

But as plans for further alignment talks between the PGA TOUR continue, Public Investment Fund are continuing to seek to attract the best players.

“I’m really excited for this next chapter, to link up with Jon Rahm and Legion XIII, and to get started this week in Mexico,” said Hatton once his switch was confirmed.

Speaking on the creation of Legion XIII, captain Rahm said: “We’ve come a long way in a short period of time and are extremely proud of the team and brand we are building.”

“As we were developing the team’s brand it became clear that I wanted to fight alongside a group of guys who aligned perfectly with what the team stands for. Tyrrell is a fierce competitor, proven champion, and of course my Ryder Cup teammate.

LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman, said: “The introduction of Legion XIII is a testament to LIV Golf’s continued growth as our league builds for the long-term.”