CHICAGO (USA), 20 December (EFE). Augusta Masters, one of the golf season’s ‘Big Four’, said Tuesday it will allow participation from golfers who have decided to leave the PGA this year. LIV Golf’s Alternate Circuit.
The classification criteria implemented by the Augusta Masters, which will be held in Georgia from April 6 to 9, will allow participation from the 16 golfers who currently make up the Saudi Arabian government-funded Millionaire LIV circuit.
“Unfortunately, recent events have further divided men’s professional golf by undermining the values of the game and the rich legacy of those who created it. Despite our disappointment at what happened, we aim to honor the tradition of bringing together an elite group of golfers next April,” the Masters wrote in a statement.
The tournament explained that it would send invitation letters “to those who are eligible as per the current criteria”, allowing participation of golfers even if they are part of another circuit.
With significant financial incentives for its players, LIV Golf aspires to organize a tour that rivals the US-based tour.
After weeks of rumors and doubt, the PGA Tour refused to allow players on its Tour to compete in the LIV Golf Invitational Series in London in mid-May, which was LIV Golf’s first event.
This led to disciplinary measures and golfers such as the Spanish Sergio García, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Brooks Koepka, the Mexican Abraham Ensor or Luis Oosthuizen left the PGA Tour on their way to LIV golf. ,
On 30 November, LIV added El Camaleón from Mexico, Valderrama from Spain and Sentosa from Singapore to its 2023 calendar and last week the circuit added Tucson (Arizona), Tulsa (Oklahoma) and three more appointments in the United States. started. In the Allegheny Mountains (West Virginia).