Augusta National Golf Club announced today that golfers who qualified for the Masters Tournament based on its previous criteria will be invited to play in 2023, which includes 16 players currently competing in the LIV Golf League.
In a statement, August National explains, “From its inception in 1934, the purpose of the Masters Tournament has been to benefit the game of golf. Each April, the Masters gathers the world’s leading golfers to compete for the Green Jacket and a place in history. It provides a stage for fans to experience dramatic moments of competition at the highest level and promotes the sport domestically and abroad.
Through 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 become heroes to golfers of all ages. They have inspired some to follow in their footsteps and so many others to play and enjoy the game. They have supported the sport and, thus, all who benefit from it. They have shown respect for those who came before them and blazed a trail for future generations. Golf is better because of them.
Regrettably, recent actions have divided men’s professional golf by diminishing the virtues of the game and the meaningful legacies of those who built it. Augusta National’s focus is still set to honor the tradition of bringing together a preeminent field of golfers this coming April.
Therefore, as invitations are sent this week, they will invite those eligible under their current criteria to compete in the 2023 Masters Tournament. As they have said in the past, they look at every aspect of the Tournament each year, and any modifications or changes to invitation criteria for future Tournaments will be announced in April. At Augusta National, there is faith that golf, which has overcome many challenges through the years, will endure again.”
The Masters, the first major championship of the season, is scheduled to be played April 6-9 in Augusta, Georgia.
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