It wasn’t all good news for LIV Golf at the Masters. Cameron Smith, the reigning Open Championship winner and one of the best players in the world, tied for 34th. Dustin Johnson, who won more than $35 million and was LIV Golf’s inaugural individual champion in 2022, tied for 48th. Past Masters winners Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson and 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau missed the cut.

When Koepka is healthy there are few players better than him in majors. Mickelson caught lightning in a bottle at a course he knows better than most. Ditto for Reed, who attended his final year of college in Augusta and has a green jacket in his wardrobe. None of them had played particularly well in LIV Golf events this year. While I commend them for performing well in the first major of the season, I also wonder if there’s enough tension and drama in LIV Golf tournaments to garner their attention.

Mickelson, Koepka and Reed all finished inside the top-10, but the statements they made felt more individual than collective. For Koepka, it reminded the golf world how much of a threat he can be at majors. Reed always seems to play well enough on this course and Mickelson, well, he is a 6-time major winner and three-time winner at Augusta after all.