Masters 2017 Expectations and Exemptions

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Author: Keri Schmit
2017 Masters Tournament and field

The top list of Augusta qualifiers are as expected: Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day just to name a few.

With only a week to make any minor adjustments to the 94-man field, The Masters will take place from April 6 through April 9.

The Masters is the most exclusive championship field in golf and is currently at 94 players.

The Masters field ranges from the high 80s to the upper 90s and has a very specific set of qualifications. After the World Golf Championship Dell Match Play, four more names were added to the field, making the total number now at 94.

The latest additions to the Masters field are Hideto Tanihara, Ross Fisher, Jeungchun Wang and Tommy Fleetwood.

Variables

The number 94 can either go up or down depending on the following factors:

Upcoming Shell Houston Open: Possibility of one more player being added as the winner earns a last minute spot on the field.

Tiger Woods: Although holding a lifetime invitation, he’s considered unlikely to play due to his back.

Tiger Woods back troubles are far worse than many thought. His agent said Woods’ “spasms” were so severe during the Genesis Open that he couldn’t even make it to the course to sit in a chair for a press conference. It’s likely Woods will be making his “scratch” announcement any day.

TIger Woods 2017 Masters

Other variables that can change the field numbers are those unforeseen withdrawals from injuries or family emergencies.

Masters is a more exclusive and coveted invitation in comparison to the PGA or The Players which has the deepest field allowing all the best in the world (top 100) a chance to play.

Exemptions

The Masters has 18 categories of exemptions, all listed below:

  1. Masters Champions (lifetime invitation)
  2. US Open Champions (honorary, non-competing after five years)
  3. British Open Champions (honorary, non-competing after five years)
  4. PGA Champions (honorary, non-competing after five years)
  5. The Players Championship winners (three years)
  6. Current Olympic Gold Medalist (one year)
  7. Current US Amateur Champion (7-A) (honorary, non-competing after one year); Runner-up (7-B) to the current US Amateur Champion
  8. Current British Amateur Champion (honorary, non-competing after one year)
  9. Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion
  10. Current Latin America Amateur Champion
  11. Current US Mid-Amateur Champion
  12. The first 12 players, including ties, in the previous year’s Masters Tournament
  13. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s US Open
  14. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s British Open
  15. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s PGA Championship
    Individual winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters
  16. Those qualifying for the previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship
  17. The 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year
  18. The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament

Qualifiers – Masters 2017 94-Man Field List

To take a look at the 94 players already qualified and see how they earned their invites:

CATEGORY 1: Masters Tournament champions (Lifetime)

  • Angel Cabrera
  • Fred Couples
  • Trevor Immelman
  • Zach Johnson
  • Bernhard Langer
  • Sandy Lyle
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Larry Mize
  • Mark O’Meara
  • Jose Maria Olazabal
  • Charl Schwartzel
  • Adam Scott
  • Vijay Singh
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Bubba Watson
  • Mike Weir
  • Danny Willett
  • Tiger Woods
  • Ian Woosnam

CATEGORY 2: U.S. Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after five years)

  • Dustin Johnson
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Justin Rose
  • Webb Simpson

CATEGORY 3: British Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after five years)

  • Ernie Els
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Henrik Stenson

CATEGORY 4: PGA Championship champions (Honorary, non-competing after five years)

  • Jason Day
  • Jason Dufner
  • Jimmy Walker

CATEGORY 5: Winners of The Players Championship (Three years)

  • Rickie Fowler

CATEGORY 6: Current Olympic Gold medalist (one year)

(Justin Rose first qualifies as the 2013 U.S. Open champion)

CATEGORY 7: Current U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up (honorary, non-competing after one year)

  • Brad Dalke
  • Curtis Luck

CATEGORY 8: Current British Amateur champion (honorary, non-competing after one year)

  • Scott Gregory

CATEGORY 9: Current Asia-Pacific Amateur champion

(Curtis Luck first qualifies as the 2016 U.S. Amateur champion)

CATEGORY 10: Current Latin America Amateur champion

  • Toto Gana

CATEGORY 11: Current U.S. Mid-Amateur champion

  • Stewart Hagestad

CATEGORY 12: The first 12 players, including ties, in the previous year’s Masters Tournament

  • Daniel Berger
  • Paul Casey
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • J.B. Holmes
  • Soren Kjeldsen
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Brandt Snedeker
  • Lee Westwood

CATEGORY 13: The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s U.S. Open

  • Jim Furyk
  • Shane Lowry
  • Scott Piercy

CATEGORY 14: The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s British Open

  • Steve Stricker

CATEGORY 15: The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s PGA Championship

  • Branden Grace
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Daniel Summerhays

CATEGORY 16: Individual winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters

  • Sergio Garcia
  • Adam Hadwin
  • James Hahn
  • Charley Hoffman
  • Mackenzie Hughes
  • Billy Hurley III
  • Si Woo Kim
  • Russell Knox
  • Marc Leishman
  • William McGirt
  • Ryan Moore
  • Rod Pampling
  • Pat Perez
  • Jon Rahm
  • Patrick Reed
  • Brendan Steele
  • Brian Stuard
  • Hudson Swafford
  • Justin Thomas
  • Jhonattan Vegas

CATEGORY 17: Those qualifying for the previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship

  • Roberto Castro
  • Kevin Chappell
  • Emiliano Grillo
  • Kevin Kisner
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Kevin Na
  • Sean O’Hair
  • Gary Woodland

CATEGORY 18: The 50 leaders on the final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year

  • Byeong Hun An
  • Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  • Bill Haas
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Yuta Ikeda
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Alex Noren
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Thomas Pieters
  • Andy Sullivan
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Chris Wood

CATEGORY 19: The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament

  • Ross Fisher
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Hideto Tanihara
  • Jeunghun Wang

 


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