Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler have exchanged the title of being the number-one ranked player in the world throughout 2023.
They have also won the last two Masters Tournaments.
This week, in his pre-tournament press conference at Muirfield Village, Rahm, who helped Europe win the 2018 Ryder Cup, echoed similar sentiments.
“It’s a little sad that politics have gotten in the way of such a beautiful event,” Rahm admitted. “Again, it’s the best Europeans against the best Americans, period. And whatever is going on, who is playing LIV and who is not playing LIV to me, shouldn’t matter. It’s whoever is best suited to represent the European side.”
Rahm and Scheffler are not the only ones discussing who should play in the Ryder Cup.
Of course, Sergio Garcia, who now plays on the Saudi-backed LIV tour, has accumulated more Ryder Cup points than any other player in history.
“I have a hard time [believing] that the best player Europe has ever had,” Rahm added. “The most successful player Europe has had on the Ryder Cup, isn’t fit to be on the team.”
Garcia and Rahm hail from Spain, a country steeped in Ryder Cup tradition.
“I’m going to miss him,” Rahm said of Garcia. “We had a great partnership at Whistling Straights [in 2021]. I’m going to mention history again one more time. A Spanish duo in the Ryder Cup is embedded in the roots of Ryder Cup [history]. Look what Seve [Ballesteros] and [José María Olazábal] were able to do throughout their partnership, right?”
Ballesteros and Olazábal combined to bring home 43 points for Europe throughout 15 combined Ryder Cups.
Now, Rahm feels LIV golfers should be able to compete in the 2023 Ryder Cup, held at Marco Simone Golf Club outside of Rome, Italy.
Since Rahm knows more golf history than most, perhaps he is worried that the European Ryder Cup team will revert to the days when the Americans dominated year in and year out. That era was before 1979, when only British and Irish golfers competed against those from the United States.
Since continental Europe has participated, the Europeans have won 12 of the last 21 Ryder Cups.
Moreover, the United States has not won a Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993.
Nonetheless, the game’s top players agree that the world’s best should represent their respective sides no matter what tour they play on.