LIV Golf players who satisfy the tournament’s current admission requirements will be eligible to compete in the 2023 Masters.

Although they participated in the contentious, Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf series this year, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, and Charl Schwartzel will be qualified to play at Augusta in April since they previously won the Masters.

Due to his performance at the Open this year, Cameron Smith has been invited to participate, while Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka can also start in Georgia as a consequence of their major victories.

In a statement, Fred Ridley of Augusta National Golf Club said: “Since the Masters Tournament’s inception in 1934, its goal has been to advance the game of golf.

“The Masters tournament brings together the best players in the world each April as they vie for the Green Jacket and a place in golf history.

“Unfortunately, recent acts have polarised men’s professional golf by downplaying the positive aspects of the sport and the significant contributions made by those who created it.

“Even if we are upset by these developments, our main priority is to uphold the custom of hosting the world’s best players in April.

“We will thus send invites this week to individuals who meet the requirements to compete in the 2023 Masters Tournament.

“In the development of our sport, we have arrived at a turning moment. At Augusta National, we have confidence that golf, which has persevered despite several setbacks throughout the years, will do so once again.”

Mickelson opted not to compete in the Masters this year after receiving harsh criticism for remarks he made against Saudi Arabia’s human rights record before to joining LIV Golf.