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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

How Many Are Going to the 2020 Masters?

With no Twofer Tuesday this week, I decided to link to a GC article listing the players who have thus far qualified for next year's Masters.

OWGR #50 qualifier Adam Hadwin

The Top50 in the OWGR at the end of 2019 get automatic berths into the 2020 Masters. And that's why you see Adam Hadwin's photo -- according to calculations, he'll be #50 in the world when the ball drops in Time Square on New Year's Eve. This will be his third appearance.

Jazz Janewattananond, who won at the Thailand Masters last week -- and whom I forgot to list in yesterday's Limerick Summary post (that's been corrected now) -- will make his first appearance at Augusta National. He won four times on the Asian Tour this year, enough to move him up to #40 in the world.

At this point 88 players have qualified, which is one more than last year's entire field. You can check this link to see how the Masters will choose the complete field. There are still a few ways to qualify:
  • Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters
  • The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament
  • The Masters Committee, at its discretion, also invites international players not otherwise qualified.
So it's possible that we could see more than 100 participants in the 2020 Masters. To the best of my knowledge, that has never happened.

Maybe the youngsters can make history in yet another way this year.

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