Ernie Els receives Masters special exemption for 2018

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Ernie Els receives Masters special exemption for 2018

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Ernie Els receives Masters special exemption for 2018

Looks like 2017 won’t be Ernie Els’ final Masters after all.

The 48-year-old South African tweeted Sunday that he had received a Christmas gift from the Masters. Of course, while Els didn’t specify, he likely was referring to a special exemption for the 2018 tournament at Augusta National.

And Golfweek has learned, per Els’ management, that Els has indeed been given a special exemption for 2018.

The Masters has yet to officially add Els to its field for next year.

Els is a four-time major winner, though he has yet to win the Masters. He has six top-10s, including two runner-up finishes, in 23 career starts at Augusta National. He finished 53rd last year.

There was talk that Els could receive a special exemption in 2012, when he failed to qualify for his first Masters since his 1994 debut, but ultimately didn’t get one. The last player to receive a special exemption was Ryo Ishikawa, when he received one in three straight years, from 2011 to ’13.

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