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Is Dustin Johnson Playing in Masters 2024?

Published 04/02/2024, 4:30 PM EDT

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The 2024 Masters Tournament is right around the corner! Getting an invite to the first major of the season is a dream for many, but it is not a cakewalk to obtain one. For a golfer to be eligible to partake in this highly revered “Granddaddy of Them All [Majors]” requires a lot of hard work; participants to be either in the Top 50 of the OWGR, previously won Masters, have won one of the remaining 3 majors or the PLAYERS Championship (Tenure for the same depends on the year in which the event was won) or any other criteria specified.

With the field of the 88th Masters looking strong, it will also have LIV’s own Dustin Johnson. How? Well, Johnson obtained the lifetime exemption, all thanks to his 2020 Masters Tournament’s win. The golfer scored a record total of 20-under par 268 and won the green jacket.

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He defeated Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im, both of whom finished tied for second, exactly five strokes behind with a score of 15-under-par, making it his best Masters appearance since his first appearance in 2009. He has made an impressive total of five top-10 finishes in the Georgia-based event since.

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His worst performance came during his 13th start which was last year. He finished at T48 with a score of 8-over-par. How will DJ’s 14th start be? It remains to be seen, but for now, other than DJ, a few more golfers from LIV clan will be there.

Which other LIV Golf players are part of the 2024 Masters?

Apart from the two-time major winner, there are 12 other LIV golfers on this year’s Masters roster. This has big golf world names like Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Tyrrell Hatton, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Adrian Meronk, Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson, and Charl Schwartzel, among others.

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The 2020 Masters Tournament runner-up, Cameron Smith, qualifies under four qualification criteria, ranging from his graceful finish in the top 50 OWGR rankings after the end of the last calendar year to his 2022 PLAYERS Championship win, among other significant achievements.

Brooks Koepka, on the other hand, won the 2019 and 2023 PGA Championship, his 2023 Master’s Tournament’s T2 finish, and finished in the top 50 OWGR rankings after the end of the last calendar year! Niemann received a special invitation to play on the luscious greens of ANGC.

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Only time will tell if any of these LIV golfers will manage to make history by winning this major event or not. Stay tuned to find out!

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Daiemah Malik

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Daiemah Malik is a Senior Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. Thanks to many evenings on the course, driving and putting alongside her family, Daiemah is able to give her loyal readers a perspective of both a player and a writer. Her area of expertise is technical core sport pieces like analyzing golfers’ performances or predicting how weather will affect an event and those playing.
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Riya Singhal

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