LIV golfers will be allowed to compete at The Masters in 2023, Augusta National confirms

The masters program will allow golfers who join LIV Golf to play in the tournament next year; “Although we are disappointed by these developments, our focus is on honoring the tradition of bringing together an outstanding field of golfers this coming April,” said Fred Ridley, Chairman of the Board.

Last updated: 12/20/22 4:10 PM


Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed are among the LIV golfers who will be eligible to play in the Masters in 2023.

Organizers at Augusta National have confirmed that LIV golfers will be allowed to compete at The Masters in 2023.

Despite the division in the sport created by LIV Golf, tournament organizers say their ultimate focus is to bring together a “notable field of golfers” and they will invite players who qualify under their current criteria.

That means former champions like Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzl and Phil Mickelson will be at The Masters in April, which will be shown live at Sky Sports.

Cameron Smith, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are among the LIV players who will also qualify as a result of winning a major championship in the past five years.

Phil Mickelson plays at the LIV Golf Championship - Miami (Associated Press)

Phil Mickelson plays at the LIV Golf Championship – Miami (Associated Press)

R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said in July that banning LIV players from next year’s tournament was “not on the agenda”, but he did not rule out changing the tournament entry criteria.

Masters chairman Fred Ridley took a similar stance on Tuesday, saying in a statement that entry criteria for 2023 will remain the same, with any potential future changes announced in April.

“Since its inception in 1934, the purpose of The Masters Tournament has been to capitalize on the game of golf,” Ridley said in a statement. In April, the Masters brings together the world’s leading golfers to compete for the Green Jacket and a place in history – providing a platform for fans to experience the dramatic moments of competition. At the highest level, promoting sports at home and abroad.

Over the years, legends of the game have competed and won at Augusta National Golf Club. Champions like Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have appealed to golfers of all ages. They have inspired some to follow in their footsteps and many others to play and enjoy the game They have supported the sport and, by extension, all of its beneficiaries They have shown respect to those who came before them and paved the way for future generations Golf is better because of them

Cameron Smith is another MVP to join LIV (Associated Press)

Cameron Smith is another MVP to join LIV (Associated Press)

“Sadly, recent actions have divided men’s professional golf by diminishing the merits of the game and the meaningful heritage of those who built it. And although we are disappointed in these developments, our focus is on honoring the tradition of bringing together an outstanding field of golfers this coming April .

“So with invitations being sent out this week, we will be inviting those eligible under our current criteria to compete in the 2023 Masters. As we have said in the past, we look at every aspect of the tournament every year, and any adjustments or changes to the invitation criteria for future tournaments will be announced in April.

“We have reached a key point in the history of our sport. At Augusta National, we have faith that the game of golf, which has overcome many challenges over the years, will continue again.”

Who is eligible

There are currently 16 LIV golfers eligible for the 2023 Masters tournament, according to various criteria:

Former champions:

  • Dustin Johnson
  • Patrick Reid
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Bubba Watson
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Charles Schwartzl

Principal exemption (winning any major within the past five years):

  • Cam Smith
  • Brison Dechambeau
  • Brooks Koepka

Top 50 in the world at the end of 2022:

  • Tallor Gotch
  • Kevin Na
  • Joaquin Neiman
  • Jason Cockrak
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Harold Varner III
  • Abraham Unser

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