Jon Rahm tees off at a LIV Golf event for the first time since the reigning Masters champion quit the PGA Tour for $500m in December… after Mexican event’s food poisoning scare

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Jon Rahm has officially launched his career in LIV Golf, teeing off at the Saudi-backed circuit’s first event of the season in Mayakoba.

Earlier on Friday, it looked as though round one may have been postponed after multiple players suffered food poisoning overnight.

But action got underway as expected and their $500million marquee signing in the off season teed off as scheduled.

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Rahm made a sublime start, too. The Spaniard was four-under through five holes. 

The Spaniard is playing as part of the Legion XIII team, which features his Ryder Cup teammate Tyrrell Hatton, Caleb Surratt and Kieran Vincent.

Jon Rahm has officially launched his career in LIV Golf, teeing off in Mayakoba on Friday

Jon Rahm has officially launched his career in LIV Golf, teeing off in Mayakoba on Friday

The Spaniard is playing in his first event since leaving the PGA Tour for $500m in December

The Spaniard is playing in his first event since leaving the PGA Tour for $500m in December

Rahm talks to fellow LIV star Cameron Smith as they prepare to get their first round underway

Rahm talks to fellow LIV star Cameron Smith as they prepare to get their first round underway

Speaking about his decision to sign with LIV, Rahm said this week: ‘I had to weigh a lot, basically get enough info to then make an informed decision.

‘Even through the process of negotiations, it was just very, very deep waters compared to what I’m used to.

‘I had to be more involved than I thought I was going to have to be. But once the announcement was made, I think everything became a lot easier.’

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‘Obviously there’s some people that are going to disagree with any decision we make in life.

‘(It was) pretty much in line with what I expected, but it was nice to have some time after that before my first competition round in LIV Golf to process and then actually kind of refocus and get to work.’

Upon adding a 13th team to accommodate Rahm, LIV will have fields of 54 players to match their 54 holes – 13 teams of four and two unaffiliated ‘wild cards’ in each event.

Rahm's teammate Tyrrell Hatton is also making his debut in Mexico after joining for $64m

Rahm’s teammate Tyrrell Hatton is also making his debut in Mexico after joining for $64m

British star Hatton is another player making his debut in Mexico on Friday, after signing his own deal worth $64m. 

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The Englishman also made a strong start, going one-under through his first six holes. 

Hatton has represented Europe in each of the past three Ryder Cups, starring alongside Rahm during last year’s victory in Rome.

The 32-year-old, who won his maiden PGA Tour title at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational, is currently ranked No. 16 in the world.

‘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, whose career earnings are approaching $22m.

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