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These are the 13 LIV Golf stars set to play at Augusta after qualifying for Masters

The 2024 Masters is almost upon us, offering a rare opportunity for the world's best golfers on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf Tour to do battle against one other.

While the current golfing landscape mostly sees the players from the various tours stuck in their respective silos, the Masters will see no less than 13 players from the breakaway Saudi-backed golf tour return to test themselves against the best the PGA Tour has to offer.

While LIV tournaments still do not offer any Official World Golf Ranking points, effectively ruling out many of its players from qualifying for any of the major championships, there are still a number of golfers eligible to tee it up at Augusta by virtue of their world ranking or past victories.

Once a player secures victory at The Masters, they earn a lifelong invitation to compete in the prestigious major for the duration of their career. Similarly, triumph in any of golf's four major tournaments grants players the privilege of an automatic entry into the Augusta event for the following five years.

The list of 13 LIV players set to compete in The Masters are:

Jon Rahm (the defending champion)
Bryson DeChambeau
Sergio Garcia
Tyrrell Hatton
Dustin Johnson
Brooks Koepka
Adrian Meronk
Phil Mickelson
Joaquin Niemann
Patrick Reed
Charl Schwartzel
Cameron Smith
Bubba Watson

Joaquin Niemann, winner of two of the first four LIV events of the season, received one of three special invitations into this year's Masters.

There was some confusion over the participation of Ian Poulter, after the Englishman was spotted playing a practice round at Augusta, but he took to X to confirm he would not be part of the field.

"For clarity, I will not be playing The Masters this year," said Poulter. "I was invited to play by a member and it was in incredible condition."

"I last played the tournament in 2021. And that will be my last competitive Masters. I had a chance in 2019 and came up short. I have no regrets at all. I had 9 Top 25 finishes in the 16 I played. Only missed the cut once. It's a truly special place."

The 2024 Masters tees off on Thursday, 11 April.

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