LIV players in the Masters: The list is set with 18 eligible to play at Augusta National
With two weeks to go before the Masters, the members of the LIV Golf League who will be eligible to play at Augusta National is all but set.
Augusta National announced late last year that its current qualifications for an invitation would remain in force, regardless of what professional tour to which a player belonged.
Since LIV players haven’t been able to gain entry into the Masters through categories such as winning on the PGA Tour (since last June), being among the top-30 on the 2022 FedEx Cup points list or rising into the top-50 on the World Golf Rankings, they have to rely on status as past major champions (lifetime for the Masters, within the past five years for the U.S. Open, PGA and British Open) or last year’s world rankings.
Augusta will invite anyone among the current top-50 in the world after this week but the closest LIV player to No. 50 who is not in the Masters is Dean Burmester at No. 74, followed by Cameron Tringale at No. 87.
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The latter is what rankles LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman. The World Golf Rankings board has yet to rule on whether LIV golf events will receive points, so the only events they have been able to get points are the major championship, the DP World Tour (under a court injunction) and some Asian events.
There is only one more week to get into the top-50 in the world to reach the Masters. Winning on the PGA Tour will get a player to Augusta through next week's Valero Texas Open.
The PGA Tour is in Austin, Texas this week for the Dell Technologies Match Play and in the Dominican Republic, and the DP World Tour is playing in South Africa.
Here are the LIV players who will be in the Masters and their eligibility category:
Past Masters champions
Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010)
Charl Schwartzel (2011)
Bubba Watson (2012, 2014)
Sergio Garcia (2017)
Patrick Reed (2018)
Dustin Johnson (2020)
U.S. Open champions, 2018-2022
Brooks Koepka (2018)
Bryson DeChambeau (2020)
British Open champions, 2018-2022
Cameron Smith (2022)
Top-four, 2022 PGA Championship
Top-50, final 2022 World Golf Rankings
Joaquin Niemann (22)
Abraham Ancer (30)
Thomas Pieters (37)
Harold Varner III (45)
Jason Kokrak (47)
Kevin Na (49)
Louis Oosthuizen (50)
Players in the 2022 Tour Championship field
This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: The LIV List: Here are the 18 players from LIV Golf in the Masters