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Golf fans ‘don’t know who to trust’ after Jon Rahm move, claims Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley has accused Jon Rahm of betraying golf fans’ trust after the reigning Masters champion’s defection to LIV Golf.

Once a staunch critic of the breakway Saudi-backed series, Rahm has signed up with LIV on a deal reported to be worth up to £450m.

It serves as another blow to the PGA Tour, with Rahm one of golf biggest current stars and a leading voice for the sport.

The Spaniard had previously said that he did not like LIV’s 54-hole, no cut tournament format, while also suggesting that the monetary rewards on offer “would not change” his lifestyle.

McGinley, a four-time winner on the European tour, has criticised Rahm’s apparent hypocrisy.

“So many people have completely reversed their position,” the Irishman told Sky Sports. “Jon came out very, very strongly in support of the tours, and came out very strongly that this was not a good format, that he didn’t enjoy it, he didn’t see any future in it.

“[He said] he was chasing his own career and titles on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, and obviously the Ryder Cup. He knows that, by going here, it’s going to put a lot of that in jeopardy.

Paul McGinley captained Team Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2014

“Whether it does or not, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s a complete reversal of the position that he has stood very strongly on. A number of players who have gone over to LIV have done the same thing — they’ve said one thing and then done another.

“Who do you believe any more? You can’t take anyone’s word any more because people reverse their positions quickly and, it seems, pretty easily.”

Rahm’s move comes amid discussions over a possible partnership between LIV and the two established tours.

The PGA and DP World organisations announced earlier this year that they would

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