Jon Rahm says the Ryder Cup must be contested between the most effective of Europe and America, no matter gamers’ LIV Golf standing.
Rahm mentioned he was unhappy he wouldn’t be capable of renew his partnership with fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia.
Garcia is ineligible for the competition after resigning from the European Tour to hitch the Saudi-funded LIV Tour.
“It is a little bit unhappy to me that politics have gotten in the best way of such a wonderful occasion,” mentioned Rahm.
Garcia, 43, is Europe’s all-time document factors scorer and went unbeaten within the three matches he performed with Rahm on the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits the place United States received 19-9.
“Once more, it is the most effective Europeans towards the most effective Individuals, interval,” added two-time main winner Rahm, 28. “And no matter is occurring, who’s taking part in LIV and who just isn’t taking part in LIV to me should not matter.
“It is whoever is greatest suited to characterize the European facet. I’ve a tough time to consider that the most effective participant Europe has ever had, probably the most profitable participant Europe has had on the Ryder Cup, is not match to be on the group.
“A Spanish duo within the Ryder Cup I feel to me is embedded into the roots of the Ryder Cup. Look what Seve [Ballesteros] and [Jose Maria Olazabal] had been in a position to do all through their partnership, proper?
“It is unlucky. I’ll miss him.”
Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Richard Bland and Henrik Stenson, who was eliminated as Ryder Cup captain when he joined LIV Golf in 2022, have additionally resigned from the DP World Tour and ineligible for the 2023 Ryder Cup.
In April, an arbitration panel sided with the European-based tour in its authorized battle towards 12 gamers who had appealed towards being fined £100,000 and suspended from the Scottish Open for enjoying in LIV Golf’s inaugural occasion in June 2022 with out permission.
In the meantime, gamers who’ve been banned or resigned from the PGA Tour can nonetheless play for the US group on the biennial occasion, which will get beneath manner in Rome on 29 September.