Zimbabwean rising star Kieran Vincent is reportedly set to join Masters champion John Rahm’s new LIV Golf team after earning his spot on the lucrative Saudi-backed circuit last month.
Masters champion Rahm made the switch from PGA to the Saudi-backed tour last month in a blockbuster deal said to be worth $566million to the world no.3.
His defection is arguably the most prominent yet and it was followed by Rory McIlroy walking back his previous damning comments on the breakaway tour.
Part of the deal was Rahm would get to form his own team and he named it Legion XIII – a nod to his heritage that references the Spanish Legion and a military unit founded by King Alfonso in the 1920s.
And now it seems that’s beginning to take shape as the Madrid-based newspaper Marca in his homeland report that up-and-coming Zimbabwean golfer Vincent has been named as the first of three signings on Rahm’s team.
The young brother of another top Zimbabwean professional golfer Scott Vincent, Kieran currently plays on the Asian tour and won the Vietnamese International Series in April last year.
The 26-year-old, who represents his country of birth Zimbabwe on the course but played college golf in the US and previously played on the Canadian PGA Tour, is expected to be formally announced imminently.
Kieran’s move to Legion XIII means he won’t be on the same team as his brother Scott, who re-signed with the Iron Iron Heads ahead of the upcoming new season.
LIV Golf League competition will once again kick off at El Camaleón Golf Course in Mayakoba, Mexico, site of last season’s opener on February 4.