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Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley has confirmed LIV Golf players will be allowed to compete at next year’s Masters – but promised a review of the criteria for future editions.

The club had until now remained silent on whether it would prevent players who would otherwise be able to play from doing so if they were part of the Saudi-backed breakaway tour.

However, despite criticising “recent actions” which “diminished the virtues of the game”, Ridley confirmed all eligible players will be permitted to play in 2023.

Describing the current power struggle between LIV and the PGA Tour as a “seminal point in the history of our sport”, Ridley insisted golf “will endure again”.

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He added any future changes to the criteria will be made public in April.

“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,” he said. 

“Although we are disappointed in these developments, our focus is to honor the tradition of bringing together a preeminent field of golfers this coming April.


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