AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04: (L-R) Tom Watson of the United States, Gary Player of South Africa and Jack Nicklaus of the United States show comaraderie during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

December 20, 2022


From its inception in 1934, the purpose of the Masters Tournament has been to benefit the game
of golf. Each April, the Masters assembles the world’s leading golfers to compete for the Green
Jacket and a place in history. It provides a stage for fans to experience dramatic moments of
competition at the highest level and promotes the sport domestically and abroad.
Through the years, legends of the game have competed and won at Augusta National Golf Club.
Champions like Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary
Player, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have become heroes to golfers of all ages.

They have inspired some to follow in their footsteps and so many others to play and enjoy the
game. They have supported the sport and, thus, all who benefit from it. They have shown respect
for those who came before them and blazed a trail for future generations. Golf is better because
of them.

Regrettably, recent actions have divided men’s professional golf by diminishing the virtues of the
game and the meaningful legacies of those who built it. Although we are disappointed in these
developments, our focus is to honor the tradition of bringing together a preeminent field of golfers
this coming April.

Therefore, as invitations are sent this week, we will invite those eligible under our current criteria
to compete in the 2023 Masters Tournament. As we have said in the past, we look at every aspect
of the Tournament each year, and any modifications or changes to invitation criteria for future
Tournaments will be announced in April.

We have reached a seminal point in the history of our sport. At Augusta National, we have faith
that golf, which has overcome many challenges through the years, will endure again.
Fred S. Ridley

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