LIV Golf and the PGA Tour continue their legal battles in court, but fortunately, this has not affected the player’s major tournaments. Despite LIV players being barred from competing on the American tour, they received an invitation to the 2023 Masters.
However, as they have not competed on the PGA Tour in the last year, only some special exemptions qualification have allowed them to play in the Masters and thus a few golfers will compete in the Masters next week.
Here is a list of 5 LIV golfers to watch at the Masters.
1) Abraham Ancer
Abraham Ancer finished in 11th position at The Open Championship in 2022 and joined the tumultuous LIV Golf series. He will be joining the Masters field to clinch the first major title of his career.
Ancer won the PIF Saudi International in February and has impressed his fans with his performances in the last few matches. He turned professional in 2013 and has won four professional events so far, including one PGA Tour event.
2) Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson won the inaugural season of LIV Golf and became the highest earner of the season. The American golfer raised the hopes of the people after his clap-worthy game in the LIV tournaments.
The former world No.1 won the Masters in 2020 and will be completing this year wearing the jacket for the second time.
Johnson turned professional in 2007 and has won 24 PGA Tour events in his career before being subsequently suspended from the Tour after he signed a million-dollar deal with LIV Golf.
3) Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson is unarguably one of the most successful golfers witnessed by the world. Not only did he win the Masters three times, but he was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The 52-year-old golfer still plays with confidence and zeal to win another Masters. He even expressed his excitement in one of his recent interviews where he talked about playing alongside his decade-long PGA Tour friends.
“People playing, competing in Masters are friends for decades and I am looking forward to seeing them again.”
4) Cameron Smith
Australian golfer Cameron Smith reached world No.2 before joining LIV Golf. Smith won The Open Championship in 2022, his first major. It’s only been a decade since Cameron turned pro and he has already won 10 events.
Smith has won six PGA Tour events, four European Tours, and three PGA Tours of Australasia. He has competed in all four major tournaments and finished second at The Masters in 2020.
Smith will definitely look to promote his runner-up trophy to the winners at the 2023 Masters. The tournament is scheduled to take place at the historic Augusta National Golf Course from April 6 to April 9.
5) Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed has reportedly denied the PGA Tour’s invitation to compete in the ongoing WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. Earlier in January, he made headlines for his war of the month against Rory McIlroy and will now play against him at the Masters.
He turned professional in 2011 and has won nine professional events in his career. The 2018 Masters winner has reached number six in the world rankings and competed in all four major events.
He finished second at the PGA Championship in 2017, fourth at the US Open, and 10th at the Open Championship.