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Current invitees and those still trying to get into 2013 Masters

on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 4:13pm
By Scott Michaux

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Currently 83 players have qualified and are expected to compete in the 77th Masters Tournament, April 11-14 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Players below are listed in the primary category for which they are eligible.


Also listed at the bottom are some prominent players and golfers with local connections not yet qualified to play in the 2013 Masters. The most notable is 2011 green jacket contender and 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy (pictured), who came one stroke short in his final tournament of the season in Australia to earning a top-50 exemption.


There are 15 first-timers qualified so far, including pros George Coetzee, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jamie Donaldson, Branden Grace, John Huh, David Lynn, Thorbjorn Olesen, John Peterson, Scott Piercy and Ted Potter Jr. and amateurs Alan Dunbar, Steven Fox, Guan Tianlang, T.J. Vogel and Michael Weaver.


1. Masters Tournament champions(Lifetime): Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark O’Meara, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson.


2. U.S. Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years): Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover.


3. British Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years): Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington.


4. PGA champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years): Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang.


5. Winners of the Players championship (3 years): Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi, Tim Clark.


6-A. Current U.S. Amateur champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year): Steven Fox-a.


6-B. Current U.S. Amateur runner-up: Michael Weaver-a.


7. Current British Amateur champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year): Alan Dunbar-a.


8. Current Asia-Pacific Amateur champion: Guan Tianlang-a.


9. Current U.S. Amateur Public Links champion: T.J. Vogel-a.


10. Current U.S. Mid-Amateur champion: Nathan Smith-a.


11. The first 16 players, including ties, in the previous year’s Masters Tournament: Peter Hanson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Kevin Na.


12. The first 8 players, including ties, in the previous year’s U.S. Open Championship: Michael Thompson, David Toms, John Peterson, Jason Dufner.


13. The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year’s British Open Championship: Brandt Snedeker.


14. The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year’s PGA Championship: David Lynn, Carl Pettersson.


15. The 30 leaders on the Final Official PGA Tour money list for the previous calendar year: Luke Donald, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt, Ryan Moore, Robert Garrigus, Scott Piercy, John Huh, Ben Curtis.


16. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters: Marc Leishman, Ted Potter Jr.


17. Those qualifying for the previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship: John Senden.


18. The 50 leaders on the final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year: Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day, Hiroyuki Fujita, Matteo Manassero, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, George Coetzee, Thorbjorn Olesen.


19. The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament (March 31, 2013): TBD.


20. Special foreign invitation: TBD.


Past Masters Tournament champions not expected to participate: Tommy Aaron, Jack Burke Jr., Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Fuzzy Zoeller.


Prominent players not yet qualified: Geoff Ogilvy, Henrik Stenson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ryo Ishikawa, Aaron Baddeley, Ben Crane, Alvaro Quiros, Retief Goosen, Robert Karlsson, Paul Casey, Rory Sabbatini, Davis Love III,


Local connections not yet qualified: Charles Howell III, Scott Jamieson, Russell Henley, Blake Adams, Brian Gay, Vaughn Taylor.