O’Hair, Fowler earn Masters invite by ranking
Sunday, January 23, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rickie Fowler and Sean O’Hair are the only Americans among 13 players who have qualified for the Masters through the world ranking.
There are no tournaments the rest of the year, so the final 2010 ranking became available Monday.
The Masters invites players who are in the top 50 at the end of the year. The criteria is mainly for international players who are not PGA Tour members and have fewer avenues to qualify, such as winning a Tour event or getting into the FedEx Cup finale.
O’Hair started the year No. 15 and did not win a tournament or reach the Tour Championship. He ended the year at No. 43. Fowler finished his first full year as a pro at No. 28 on the strength of two runner-up finishes.
The 13 additional qualifiers include Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, Robert Karlsson, Charl Schwartzel and Ryo Ishikawa.
That brings to 92 the number of players who have qualified for the Masters, which has the smallest field of the four majors. Augusta National prefers to keep its field at about 100.
Players still can qualify for the Masters by getting into the top 50 a week before the tournament, or winning a PGA Tour event that offers full FedEx Cup points.
The Masters will be played April 7-10, with Phil Mickelson the defending champion and Tiger Woods trying to end his longest drought without a major or a green jacket. Woods last won the Masters in 2005, and he has gone 10 majors without winning.
The 91 players who have qualified and are expected to compete in the 76th Masters, to be played April 7-10 at Augusta National Golf Club. Players listed in only one category for which they are eligible:
• Masters champions: Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Mark O'Meara, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson.
• U.S. Open champions (five years): Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover, Geoff Ogilvy.
• British Open champions (five years): Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington.
• PGA champions (five years): Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang.
• Players Championship (three years): Tim Clark, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia.
• U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up: a-Peter Uihlein, a-David Chung.
• British Amateur champion: a-Jin Jeong.
• U.S. Amateur Public Links champion: a-Lion Kim.
• U.S. Mid-Amateur champion: a-Nathan Smith.
• Asian Amateur champion: a-Hideki Matsuyama.
• Top 16 players and ties from 2010 Masters: Lee Westwood, Anthony Kim, K.J. Choi, Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, Ricky Barnes, Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, Ryan Moore, David Toms, Steve Marino.
• Top eight players and ties from 2010 U.S. Open: Gregory Havret, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker, Alex Cejka, Dustin Johnson.
• Top four players and ties from 2010 British Open: Rory McIlroy.
• Top four players and ties from 2010 PGA Championship: Bubba Watson.
• Top 30 players from the 2010 PGA Tour money list: Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Jeff Overton, Bo Van Pelt, Retief Goosen, Camilo Villegas, Ryan Palmer, Robert Allenby, Bill Haas, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane, Charley Hoffman, Adam Scott, Heath Slocum.
• Winners of PGA Tour events that award full FedEx Cup points since the 2010 Masters: Jason Bohn, Carl Pettersson, Stuart Appleby, Arjun Atwal.
• The field from the 2010 Tour Championship: Martin Laird, Kevin Na, Kevin Streelman.
• Top 50 players from the final 2010 world ranking: Francesco Molinari, Robert Karlsson, Edoardo Molinari, K.T. Kim, Ross Fisher, Charl Schwartzel, Ryo Ishikawa, Peter Hanson, Yuta Ikeda, Sean O'Hair, Hiroyuki Fujita, Alvaro Quiros.
• Top 50 players from world ranking published a week before the 2011 Masters: To be determined.