With the Masters just one week away, many have been scrambling to lock up an invitation.
The latest players to do so are Satoshi Kodaira of Japan, Dylan Frittelli of South Africa, Chez Reavie of the United States and Cameron Smith of Australia. The foursome are now officially in the field due to their top-50 ranking as of today.
Kodaira, No. 46 in the world, and Frittelli, No. 47, will make their Masters debuts. Reavie, No. 48, climbed into the top 50 thanks in part to runner-up finishes earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, ensuring his first Masters appearance since 2012.
Smith, meanwhile, needed to advance to the knockout rounds in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to secure his spot. The 24-year-old reached the quarterfinals, moving from No. 50 to No. 44 in the world. It will be his second Masters appearance.
Among those not exempt for the Masters is Ian Poulter, who sits at No. 51. Poulter advanced to the knockout stages of the Match Play but lost to Kevin Kisner in the quarterfinals, leaving himself one spot short of an invitation. Adding insult to injury, Poulter was told prior to his match against Kisner that he in fact had earned his way into the field.
Other notable names not in this year’s field include Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley and Charles Howell III. The only opportunity remaining to qualify is with a victory in this week’s Shell Houston Open.
The Masters field, currently set for 87 players, is on track to be the smallest it has been in two decades. That number is effectively 86 players, as Brooks Koepka has said he won’t play because of injury but has yet to officially withdraw.