The organizers of the Masters tournament announced Tuesday that eligible members of the divisive Saudi-financed LIV Golf can play in next year's event.

The Masters - Final Round

Phil will return to the greens of Augusta National.

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The qualification criteria for the Masters will be the same as in previous years, according to a statement written by the chairman of the Masters.

Some of the previous Masters winners are eligible for the tournament, as well as other players who have recently performed well.

The recent actions have divided men's professional golf by diminishing the virtues of the game and the meaningful legacies of those who have played it.

LIV didn't respond to Forbes' inquiry about their inclusion in the Masters.

LIV used billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia's wealth fund to lure some of the world's most prominent golf players away from the PGA Tour. The Masters is the first major on the golf calendar and is considered to be the most prestigious event in the sport. The eligibility of LIV golfers for the Masters and other majors came into question this year due to the long-standing ties of the major organizers to thePGA Tour.


The Wall Street Journal reported in October that the Department of Justice is looking into whether the PGA Tour violated federal antitrust laws when it tried to stop LIV.

Forbes has a list of the world's highest-paid golf players. Most of the money he made last year was from his signing bonus.

LIV has made remarkable progress in just six months.

Donald Trump is in the business of the new Saudi golf league.