18 LIV Golf players make the field for 2023 Masters as tensions rise in the golf world

18 LIV Golf Players have made the cut for the 2023 Masters Tournament, and are eligible to play in it despite the ban from the tour.

18 LIV Golf players make the field for 2023 Masters as tensions rise in the golf world

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The LIV Golf series has been facing an uphill battle ever since its inception. Now in its second season, the series aims to bring about a fresh new style of golf. However, it has not been easy for the series or the players to cope with the harsh reactions of the world. Any defectors to the LIV Series have been banned from the PGA tour too.

This means that they have not played some of the most iconic tournaments in the world. This includes FedEx Cup, Players Championship and others to name a few. However, the 2023 Masters are coming up now, and surprisingly, we will be seeing their faces at the tournament.

Augusta National had made itself clear last year itself, that everyone will be eligible to play, regardless of what tour they belong to. LIV Golf aren’t able to get into the Masters through means like winning on the PGA Tour or winning the FedEx Cup. Therefore, they have to rely on means such as previous Masters wins, Previous Majors winners in the last 5 years etc.

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Why certain LIV Golf Players are allowed to play at the 2023 Masters

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Augusta will be free to invite anyone in the top 50 after this week. However, the closest LIV Player who is not in the top 50, is Dean Burmester at no. 74. The controversy with the OWGR Points is something that is still lingering in the minds of the LIV Golf players. The OWGR Board does not give the LIV Golfers points, which has caused them to fall out of rankings.

This means that some of the great players have lost out on being no. 1 in the world, including Cameron Smith. The OWGR Board is also yet to fix whether LIV Golfers will or will not get ranking points at the Masters this year. The only place LIV Golf players get points is at the DP World tour and some Asian events.

There is only 1 week left for golfers to make it to the Masters. Golfers looking to improve their rankings to the top 50 will get a chance at the Valero Texas Open. Till then, here are the LIV Golf players that are eligible to play at the 2023 Masters, and here’s why too.

Phil MickelsonPast Masters Champion
Charl SchwartzelPast Masters Champion
Bubba WatsonPast Masters Champion
Sergio GarciaPast Masters Champion
Patrick ReedPast Masters Champion
Dustin JohnsonPast Masters Champion
Brooks KoepkaUS Open Champion (2018)
Bryson DeChambeauUS Open Champion (2020)
Cameron SmithBritish Open Champion (2022)
Mito PeireraTop 4 PGA 2022 Championship
Joaquin Niemann (22)Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings
Abraham Ancer (30)Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings
Thomas Pieters (37)Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings
Harold Varner III (45)Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings
Jason Kokrak (47)Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings
Kevin Na (49)Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings
Louis Oosthuizen (50)Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings

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