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There were mixed results for the 13 LIV golfers at this year’s Masters. 

Nobody on the Saudi-backed circuit was able to contend with the champion Scottie Scheffler, who was imperious at Augusta National.

But four LIV players still managed to finish inside the top-12 in the first major of the season.

Bryson DeChambeau, Cam Smith, Tyrrell Hatton and Patrick Reed all performed well in challenging conditions, but five LIV stars did not make it through to the weekend, while defending champion Jon Rahm also struggled.

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And Brandel Chamblee – perhaps LIV’s most vehement critic – has taken to X, formerly Twitter, to give his verdict on the performances of those who compete on the Greg Norman-fronted enterprise.

The Golf Channel analyst was responding to a report claiming Rory McIlroy could be about to make a shock U-turn and join LIV, with those rumours later quashed by the Northern Irishman himself.

“I have no doubt that this rumour was started by Saudis/LIV… to benefit Saudis/LIV after such a poor showing, as a group, at The Masters,” Chamblee said.

When Chamblee was reminded that DeChambeau and Smith finished in a tie for sixth, he replied: “You think they paid 3 billion for a few top tens and to be +82 as a group at major?

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“A senior citizen beat some of their “stars” and almost all the game’s of LIV players have deteriorated since they sold their souls to the Saudis who only bought a moment in time… nothing else.”

Chamblee was referring to 58-year-old Jose Maria Olazabal, the two-time Masters champion who surprised many with his +9 aggregate across four rounds, which was the same score as Rahm and five-time major winner Brook Koepka.

The LIV golfers to miss the cut at the Masters were Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Adrian Meronk and Bubba Watson.

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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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