Masters’ decision to include LIV players is best for golf

Masters’ decision to include LIV players is best for golf

The “MEMORANDUM’’ was despatched out through mail Tuesday morning. It was from Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership chairman Fred Ridley and it didn’t precisely comprise shocking, blockbuster information.

The crux of the announcement was that the 2023 Masters won’t ban the gamers who’ve defected from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf from taking part in for the inexperienced jacket in April.

The tack Augusta Nationwide took was the right one and the one one which is smart for the sport of golf.

It was additionally excellent news for golf followers, as a result of there aren’t many who would somewhat watch the highest gamers within the sport competing in opposition to one another within the courtroom somewhat than on the golf course.

The Masters is probably the most highly effective pressure in main championship golf and it could be beautiful if the PGA Championship and U.S. Open don’t observe swimsuit (British Open organizers stated in October they might permit LIV golfers in 2023).

Previous champions are revered on the Masters. Having them again every year, mingling concerning the iconic property sporting their inexperienced jackets and partaking within the annual Tuesday evening Champions Dinner is a part of the material of each Masters.

Sixteen gamers who fled for LIV Golf and have been banned from taking part in PGA Tour occasions are invited to play the 2023 Masters primarily based on its qualifying standards, together with six previous Masters champions: Phil Mickelson (a three-time winner), Bubba Watson (a two-time winner), Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed and Charl Schwartzel.

Dustin Johnson, who now performs on the LIV Tour, celebrates his Masters win in 2020.EPA

There was by no means a second when these previous champions have been going to be uninvited from the drive down Magnolia Lane. Nor ought to there have been. Not one of the main championships have to take sides between LIV and the PGA Tour. Every is its personal entity.

With the acrimonious divide created between the PGA Tour and LIV, the most important championships are the final big-time golf tournaments at which followers can see the highest gamers on the planet compete in opposition to one another.

Whether or not or not you agree with the gamers’ choices to flee for the potential of tons of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}, which LIV is paying a few of them: Don’t you need to see the likes of Cam Smith, the No. 3 ranked participant on the planet, Brooks Koepka, a four-time main winner, Bryson DeChambeau and Johnson (to call a couple of) taking part in in opposition to Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas, who’re amongst those that’ve staunchly aligned themselves with the PGA Tour?

After all, you do.

And also you’ll get to do this on the Masters, which will probably be performed April 6-9. And also you’ll probably get to do the identical for the following three main championships as nicely.

Brooks KoepkaAFP through Getty Photos

“As we have now stated up to now, we have a look at each side of the Match every year, and any modifications or modifications to invitation standards for future Tournaments will probably be introduced in April,’’ Ridley stated in his assertion.

That was a touch from Ridley that maybe sooner or later, if the PGA Tour and LIV Golf can not come to some type of coexistence, the qualification course of might turn out to be a transferring goal and be made harder for the LIV gamers to get into the Masters and the remainder of the majors.

Ridley is firmly aligned with the PGA Tour, as are the governing our bodies of the opposite three main championships. However he and the others have companies to run.

In an unique interview with The Publish in late July, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman revealed that he had reached out to Ridley in an effort to kind an amicable relationship between LIV and the Masters. When requested how that dialog went, Norman stated, “It didn’t go nicely.’’

Phil Mickelson will probably be again on the Masters once more this 12 months.Getty Photos

For now, although, all the pieces on the Masters stays established order.

And that’s a very good factor for golf.

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