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MARANA, Ariz. – World Golf Championships offer more than fancy trophies and the satisfaction that comes from beating one of the year’s best fields. The WGCs also have guaranteed purses and plenty of Official World Golf Ranking points. Those latter two items are a large part of their appeal to players.

We’re just two weeks away from another WGC, and several players at the Accenture Match Play are trying to work their way into the upcoming tilt at Doral, as well as the season’s first major.

On Monday, players in the OWGR’s top 50 and top 10 on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai who aren’t otherwise exempt will earn spots in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. That event will be held March 7-10 at Doral Resort.

Richard Sterne (No. 1 in the Race to Dubai), Scott Jamieson (2), Chris Wood (6), Stephen Gallacher (8) and Ricardo Santos (10) are not exempt for the Cadillac. None of those players is ranked in the OWGR’s top 50, either.

Eleven players ranked between Nos. 45 and 60 in the OWGR are not exempt for the Cadillac: Fredrik Jacobson (No. 47), David Toms (48), Thomas Bjorn (49), Padraig Harrington (50), Alexander Noren (51), Henrik Stenson (53), Thongchai Jaidee (55), Gallacher (56), Sterne (57), Russell Henley (58) and Wood (59). All are in this week’s Match Play field.

Monday is not the final deadline for players to earn spots in the Cadillac, though. The top 50 in the world and top 10 in the FedExCup standings on March 4 also will earn spots in the Cadillac field.

Brian Gay (No. 3), John Merrick (4), Henley (6), Charles Howell III (7), Chris Kirk (9) and Jimmy Walker (10) are players in the FedEx Cup’s top 10 who have yet to earn spots in the Cadillac.

The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking the week before the Masters earn spots in the field. The following players ranked Nos. 45-60 in the OWGR are not yet exempt for the Masters: Jacobson (47), Noren (51), Stenson (53), Marcus Fraser (54), Jaidee (55), Gallacher (56), Sterne (57), Chris Wood (59) and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (60).

The following players already have qualified for the WGC-Cadillac Championship:

TOP 30 IN 2012 FEDEX CUP

  • Brandt Snedeker
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Tiger Woods
  • Nick Watney
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Justin Rose
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Luke Donald
  • Lee Westwood
  • Ryan Moore
  • Zach Johnson
  • Bubba Watson
  • Jason Dufner
  • Jim Furyk
  • Webb Simpson
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Hunter Mahan
  • Steve Stricker
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Bo Van Pelt
  • Robert Garrigus
  • Carl Pettersson
  • Adam Scott
  • Ernie Els
  • Scott Piercy
  • Rickie Fowler
  • John Huh
  • John Senden

TOP 20 IN 2012 RACE TO DUBAI

  • Rory McIlroy*
  • Justin Rose*
  • Louis Oosthuizen*
  • 4. Peter Hanson
  • 5. Ian Poulter
  • 6. Branden Grace
  • 7. Luke Donald*
  • 8. Francesco Molinari
  • 9. Graeme McDowell
  • 10. Paul Lawrie
  • 11. Nicolas Colsaerts
  • 12. Lee Westwood*
  • 13. Matteo Manassero
  • 14. Marcel Siem
  • 15. Thorbjorn Olesen
  • 16. Charl Schwartzel
  • 17. Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  • 18. David Lynn
  • 19. Jamie Donaldson
  • 20. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

TOP 2 ON 2012 JAPAN TOUR MONEY LIST

Hiroyuki Fujita

Toru Taniguchi

TOP 2 ON 2012 ASIAN TOUR MONEY LIST

Thaworn Wiratchant

Marcus Fraser

TOP 2 ON 2012 AUSTRALASIAN TOUR MONEY LIST

Peter Senior

Michael Hendry

TOP 2 ON 2012 SUNSHINE TOUR

Branden Grace*

George Coetzee

*-already qualified via another category

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