Professional golf is at a tipping point. LIV Golf has created a divided sport. The PGA Tour has suspended LIV Golf members from competing in their events. This is the first offseason that the Major Championships have had time to digest what LIV Golf is to their events. The Masters is the first Major of the season. And we now know that LIV Golfers invited to The Masters. Augusta National Chairman, Fred Ridley has released the following statement: “…we will invite those eligible under our current criteria to compete in the 2023 Masters Tournament.” Now past champions like Phil Mickleson, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson will be invited, among others.
This is a pivotal decision in the world of golf. Augusta National carries a stick just as big as the USGA and the R&A. Because The Masters is the only Major held at the same venue every year, it holds a special place in the sport. There is nothing like the back-9 at Augusta on Sunday afternoon. So many careers highlights are made on that stretch of nine holes.
This is the correct decision. The Masters have an opportunity to unity the golf world. The PGA and LIV golf seem like they’re miles apart, while the USGA and R&A are there to govern the rules of golf. The Masters is the one entity that can bring all of those parties together for at least one weekend. It creates great television as well. Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau are can’t miss television. As golf fans we deserve to see them paired with the likes of Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and Scotty Scheffler. Here are some of the LIV Golfers who got the invite to The Masters.