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Masters field starting to rise with new winners

Masters subject beginning to rise with new winners

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Seven tournaments from the six largest excursions over the subsequent three weeks might form the sector for the Masters, and maybe pave the best way for the most important gathering at Augusta National in additional than 50 years.

Augusta National invitations the highest 50 from the ultimate world rating of the 12 months, after which the highest 50 one week earlier than the Masters.

Among these on the bubble are former PGA champion Keegan Bradley, hanging on at No. 48, and Presidents Cup participant Cameron Smith at No. 52. The Australian will get two extra tries to get into the highest 50.

The Masters already has 77 gamers who’ve certified and are anticipated to play. From this week’s world rating, 12 gamers within the high 50 will not be but eligible, which means the scale of the sector might swell to 89 gamers going into the brand new 12 months. Still to come back are 12 occasions on the PGA Tour that provide Masters invites to the winner, together with the highest 50 from the April 5 world rating and the Latin American Amateur champion.

Tiger Woods received towards a subject of 87 gamers this 12 months for his fifth inexperienced jacket.

The Masters is all about offering one of the best expertise for the gamers, one cause it has the smallest subject of the 4 majors. It has not had greater than 100 gamers since 103 performed in 1966.

Why the rise?

Some of it has to do with the elevated fall schedule on the PGA Tour.

A 12 months in the past, seven tournaments provided full FedEx Cup factors, three of them restricted fields in Asia. Only two of these seven winners have been exterior the highest 50 on this planet – Kevin Tway on the Safeway Open and Charles Howell III on the RSM Classic.

This 12 months, the PGA Tour had 10 tournaments within the fall that provided a Masters invitation. Six of the winners have been exterior the highest 50. Five of them weren’t among the many high 150 on this planet.

The tour had two new tournaments in the summertime (between the final two majors), received by Nate Lashley in Detroit and Matthew Wolff in Minnesota. With one fewer occasion within the FedEx Cup postseason, 11 gamers who reached the Tour Championship – which comes with a Masters invitation – didn’t win. Five of them would have made the Masters subject via different classes.

The Masters had a robust emphasis on amateurs in 1966, awarding invites to the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur champions from the earlier 10 years, the highest eight and ties from the final U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Walker Cup crew. That meant 26 amateurs have been within the subject.

Now there are six.


Phil Mickelson has reached a stage in his profession when he does what he desires with much less regard to the way it’s perceived.

One 12 months after he skipped his hometown occasion at Torrey Pines after 28 consecutive years, Mickelson has signed as much as play the Saudi International in late January. That means he’ll miss the Phoenix Open after 29 straight years, a match he received thrice in a metropolis the place he graduated faculty at Arizona State.

Dustin Johnson, who received the Saudi International final 12 months, was amongst a number of gamers criticized for supporting a European Tour occasion in a rustic underneath heavy scrutiny for its human rights information, together with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mickelson will probably be becoming a member of Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed, together with European stars Henrik Stenson, Shane Lowry and Sergio Garcia.

“I watched Dustin win the title last year and thought the course looked like an interesting challenge,” Mickelson stated in an announcement. “Having so many talented players on show also made it look like a much more established tournament than one in its inaugural year.”

He then talked about the chance to “grow the game,” a preferred phrase for brand spanking new markets.

More telling was an alternate on Twitter when a follower criticized him by saying he was “better than taking the money grab from a corrupt regime.”

“After turning down opportunities to go to the Middle East for many years, I’m excited to go play and see a place in the world I’ve never been. I understand those who are upset or disappointed. You’ll be ok. I’m excited to experience this for the first time,” Mickelson replied.

Mickelson performed in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and 2014, each instances returning residence to play Torrey and Phoenix the next weeks.


Justin Thomas enjoying a apply spherical within the heat of the Bahamas revealed a scare – illustrated by a 3-inch scar just under the again of his knee – after the Tour Championship.

A go to to his dermatologist revealed melanoma that was eliminated.

“He said I was about eight months away from being one of his patients,” Thomas stated.

Thomas, who already makes common visits to the dermatologist, says he was advised to get checked as soon as each three months for the subsequent 12 months.


Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman and Michelle Wie are amongst additions to the CBS Sports golf crew.

The community introduced a number of strikes Tuesday because it prepares for a season that begins at Torrey Pines the third week in January.

Frank Nobilo is taking an expanded function to turn into a full analyst for CBS, becoming a member of Dottie Pepper, Ian Baker-Finch, Davis Love III and Mark Immelman, who is also rising his function on the community. Pepper, who joined CBS in 2015, has been elevated to the lead on-course reporter.

Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo return within the tower, with Andrew Catalon returning as host of PGA Tour occasions that Nantz doesn’t work, together with different duties. Amanda Balionis returns in her function doing interviews.

The community just lately determined to not renew the contracts of Peter Kostis and Gary McCord.

For Wie, it’s one other indication that her injury-plagued profession on the LPGA Tour is winding down. Wie, who married Golden State Warriors government Jonnie West this 12 months, will contribute to cable and digital platforms for CBS, together with on the Masters. Wie made her tv debut as a studio analyst through the Solheim Cup in September.


Jon Rahm has been voted European Tour golfer of the 12 months by a panel of golf media. Rahm received thrice on the European Tour, together with the DP World Tour Championship to win the Race to Dubai and turn into the primary Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros to finish the 12 months as Europe Tour’s high play. … Graeme McDowell will probably be host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open the subsequent two years, beginning at Mount Juliet in May. McDowell says he hopes the 2021 occasion can transfer to Northern Ireland. Mount Juliet was web site of a World Golf Championship in 2002 and 2004. … Players on the Hero World Challenge are donating $500 for each birdie, $1,00zero for each eagle and $2,500 for a hole-in-one to the ONE Bahamas Fund to assist with rebuilding from Hurricane Dorian. Net proceeds from the occasion are going to the Bahamas Fund and the TGR Foundation.


Ariya Jutanugarn, who started the 12 months at No. 1 on this planet, completed the LPGA season exterior the highest 10.


“I know that he does not want to go down there and not come back without the cup.” – Rickie Fowler on Tiger Woods as U.S. captain of the Presidents Cup.

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