Thorbjorn Olesen’s inactivity was enough for him to crack the top 50 in the year’s final Official World Golf Ranking and earn his first Masters bid.
Olesen, who last played in the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in November, finished 50th in the year’s final edition of the OWGR, which was calculated Sunday. Augusta National invites the top 50 in the OWGR as of Dec. 31 to the following year’s Masters.
No more professional events offering OWGR points remain in 2012, allowing the year’s final ranking (as of Dec. 31) to be calculated early.
Geoff Ogilvy jumped from 56th to 50th in this week’s ranking after a fourth-place finish in the Australian PGA Championship, but Olesen, who is 51st in this week’s ranking, will pass Ogilvy during the year’s final two weeks.
Ogilvy will be 51st in the year’s final ranking; the 2006 U.S. Open champion is not yet exempt for next year’s Masters.
How did Olesen pass Ogilvy? Players are ranked in the OWGR based on average points earned per tournament in the past two years. Points earned for a specific finish decrease as time passes from that tournament; that loss in points is the reason for Ogilvy’s fall in the rankings.
George Coetzee, who shot a final-round 65 to finish 10th in last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour, finished 49th in the final OWGR to earn a Masters bid.
Others earning Masters invitations through the year-end world ranking include Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day and Matteo Manassero.