LIV Golf stars miss the Masters due to ranking free fall

It is well documented 13 LIV Golfers are in the field for this year’s Masters Tournament, but that figure was bolstered by the recent additions of Rahm, Hatton and Meronk. The fact LIV Golf events are void of Official World Golf Ranking points has meant some of their star names who teed it up at Augusta National last year will be watching from their sofas at home, but the issue goes beyond the Masters.

Abraham Ancer

Even after winning LIV Golf’s event in Hong Kong, Ancer’s four straight starts at Augusta has come to an end. After playing all four Majors in 2023, the former world number 11 is not currently exempt from any this year.

Talor Gooch

It was rumoured that the winner of the 2023 LIV Golf League would be invited to play the Masters this year, but it never made the post. The fact that one of the most talent players in the current game isn’t in the field undermines the world ranking and the best are not competing in the Majors.

Jason Kokrak

In 2022 Kokrak finished tied 14th at Augusta but miss the cut last year and his current ranking of 592 means he will miss all the Majors this year.

Kevin Na

Na has fallen to an unbelievable 1358th in the ranking and is a long way from finding a way to add to his five top-25 Masters finishes.

Louis Oosthuizen

The 2010 Open champion will be at Royal Troon this summer, but that will be the only Major for the South African this year. Despite winning  Alfred Dunhill Championship and Mauritius Open last Louis now sits outside the crucial top 100 in 117th position.

Mito Pereira

Pereira made it to Augusta last year after his finish at the 2022 PGA Championship earned him exemption. He might have made the cut at the 2023 Masters but it wasn’t good enough to be invited back and low he lies 175th in the ranking.

Thomas Pieters

Seven years after finishing in a tie for fourth in his first Masters appearance, Pieters will be missing out on Augusta and all the Major for the first time since turning pro.

Harold Varner III

Varner played at the last two Masters, finishing inside the top 30 on both occasions. Despite winning the LIV Golf win in Washington DC last May he has tumbled down to 486 in the ranking.

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