Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand have accepted invitations to compete in the 2013 Masters Tournament. The current field of 85 consists of players from 21 countries, 16 first-time participants and six amateurs.
“Through our established qualifications, and invitations to select international players not otherwise qualified, we historically bring together a collection of the world’s top players, and this year is no different,” said Billy Payne, the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “The Masters has long established a tradition of supporting the global game, and we were excited to extend invitations to Thaworn Wiratchant and Ryo Ishikawa, who we hope will provide added interest and enthusiasm for golf in Asia through their participation in the tournament.”
Wiratchant won the 2012 Asian Tour Order of Merit and will be making his first trip to Augusta National. He holds the Asian Tour record of 15 career victories. Ishikawa will be making his fifth consecutive start at the Masters in April. His best finish was in 2011 (T-20).
Two opportunities still remain for others to qualify for the 2013 Masters: to win a PGA Tour event with full points up for grabs before the 2013 Masters or finish in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking in the week before the Masters.
Information from the Masters Tournament was used in this report