With the 2023 edition of the Masters upon us, there are obviously plenty of storylines at Augusta National this week. Can Rory McIlroy finish off the career Grand Slam? Will Scottie Scheffler join the highly exclusive club of back-to-back winners? Can Tiger Woods actually make a run at green jacket number six? But arguably the biggest story of the week is the ongoing war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.
First, let’s take a quick look at LIV Golf. The league was founded in 2021 and is dedicated to providing a new and exciting golf experience for fans around the world. LIV Golf features some of the biggest names in the sport, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Phil Mickelson.
It’s no secret that not everyone wants the 18 LIV Golf players who’ve qualified in attendance. But no matter your feelings on these guys or LIV Golf as a whole, they’re here. But as tee times for the first two rounds were released on Tuesday morning, it’s clear that the organizers at the Masters are hoping to steer clear of any drama.
While golf fans may have wanted to see Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy in the same group or Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the same group, that was never going to happen. Now, some of these PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf pairings that could perhaps be construed as controversial could certainly still happen over the weekend as scores dictate who plays when.
But as you’ll see below, the LIV Golf guys were clearly placed in safe groups for the first two rounds.
Which LIV Golf players are at the Masters?
????️ “I’ll be the first to say. The fields aren’t as strong.”
Cam Smith admits he thinks the LIV Golf field isn't the strongest, and that it's important that the ones eligible for The Masters can play in the tournament. pic.twitter.com/jP0kh6TVzm
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) April 3, 2023
If you’re not sure exactly which LIV Golf players made it into the field, here’s a quick look at the list and the criteria under which each fell to get to Augusta.
- Abraham Ancer (Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Bryson DeChambeau (U.S. Open champion last five years)
- Sergio Garcia (Past Masters champion)
- Talor Gooch (Top 30 in 2022 FedEx Cup, Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Dustin Johnson (Past Masters champion, Top 12 in 2022 Masters, Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open champion last five years, PGA Championship winner last five years)
- Jason Kokrak (Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Phil Mickelson (Past Masters champion, PGA Championship winner last five years)
- Kevin Na (Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Joaquin Niemann (Top 30 in 2022 FedEx Cup, Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Louis Oosthuizen (Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Mito Pereira (Top 4 finishers at 2022 PGA Championship, Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Thomas Pieters (Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Patrick Reed (Past Masters champion)
- Charl Schwartzel (Past Masters champion, Top 12 in 2022 Masters)
- Cameron Smith (The Open Championship winner last five years, The Players Championship winner last three years, Top 12 in 2022 Masters, Top 30 in 2022 FedEx Cup, Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022, Top 50 in OWGR in week prior to the 2023 Masters)
- Harold Varner III (Top 50 in OWGR at the end of 2022)
- Bubba Watson (Past Masters champion)
And here’s a look at each LIV Golf player’s grouping for the first two rounds of the 2023 Masters. (All times Eastern.)
|LIV Golf Player||Masters Playing Partners||Round 1||Round 2|
|Kevin Na||Mike Weir||8:00 a.m.||11:06 a.m.|
|Jason Kokrak||Talor Gooch, Sandy Lyle||8:24 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|Talor Gooch||Jason Kokrak, Talor Gooch||8:24 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|Louis Oosthuizen||Kevin Kisner, Adrian Meronk||8:48 a.m.||11:54 a.m.|
|Sergio Garcia||Kazuki Higa, Keith Mitchell||9:12 a.m.||12:24 p.m.|
|Patrick Reed||Adam Svensson, Sahith Theegala||9:24 a.m.||12:36 p.m.|
|Thomas Pieters||Mackenzie Hughes, Shane Lowry||9:36 a.m.||12:48 p.m.|
|Bubba Watson||Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Seamus Power||9:48 a.m.||1:00 p.m.|
|Abraham Ancer||Keegan Bradley, Chris Kirk||10:06 a.m.||1:12 p.m.|
|Cameron Smith||Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama||10:54 a.m.||2:00 p.m.|
|Charl Schwartzel||Taylor Moore, Aldrich Potgieter||11:18 a.m.||8:12 a.m.|
|Bryson DeChambeau||Francesco Molinari, J.T. Poston||11:30 a.m.||8:24 a.m.|
|Mito Pereira||Ben Carr, Bernhard Langer||11:42 a.m.||8:36 a.m.|
|Brooks Koepka||Danny Willett, Gary Woodland||11:54 a.m.||8:48 a.m.|
|Harold Varner III||K.H. Lee, Sepp Straka||12:12 p.m.||9:00 a.m.|
|Phil Mickelson||Tom Hoge, Si Woo Kim||12:24 p.m.||9:12 a.m.|
|Joaquin Niemann||Brian Harman, Tyrrell Hatton||1:00 p.m.||9:48 a.m.|
|Dustin Johnson||Corey Conners, Justin Rose||1:12 p.m.||10:06 a.m.|