The Masters already has the smallest discipline of the majors. The 2024 version could possibly be one of many smallest in years relying on the primary three months of the PGA Tour season.
With no important tournaments the remainder of the 12 months, it appears as if 11 gamers who end within the prime 50 will likely be added to the sphere. That may deliver the sphere to 77 gamers amongst these anticipated to compete.
That features three gamers who will likely be making their Masters debut with out ever having received on the PGA Tour or European tour — Adam Schenk, Eric Cole and Denny McCarthy. Schenk certified by reaching the Tour Championship for the primary time.
The 11 anticipated to get in via prime 50 on the planet rating are Ryan Fox, Min Woo Lee, McCarthy, Will Zalatoris, Justin Rose, Harris English, Cole, JT Poston, Adrian Meronk, Adam Hadwin and Nicolai Hjogaard.
4 gamers — Luke Listing, Erik van Rooyen, Camilo Villegas and Ludvig Aberg — earned invites by successful PGA Tour occasions within the fall.
One extra participant would be the winner of the Latin American Newbie Championship in January. In any other case, the cross down Magnolia Lane in April comes from successful a full PGA Tour occasion — there are 14 of them earlier than the Masters — or being within the prime 50 on 7 April, the week earlier than the Masters.
There additionally could possibly be a particular invitation for worldwide gamers who should not PGA Tour regulars. Augusta Nationwide prefers the sphere to be beneath 100, a quantity it final exceeded in 1966 when 103 gamers have been within the discipline. That may seem like protected.
Amongst these narrowly lacking out are Chris Kirk (No 52) and Matt Kuchar (No 54), the latter who’s used to being on the bubble.
“I believe I used to be actually shut final 12 months, as nicely,” Kuchar stated. His hopes ended when he misplaced within the fourth spherical of the Match Play. The earlier 12 months, he was runner-up within the Texas Open when solely a win would have gotten him again to Augusta.
Kuchar not less than helped himself within the fall by changing into eligible for a pair of $20 million signature occasions at Pebble Seaside and Riviera. So he is aware of what he has to do. He’s simply not overly consumed by it.
“I’ve by no means been one to assume, ‘I must play nicely this week as a result of I’m 53rd on the planet.’ When you didn’t inform me the place I used to be on the planet rating, I couldn’t have instructed you,” Kuchar stated. “I’ve at all times thought your greatest likelihood to play good golf is to simply exit and do it, and never as a result of it’s a must to do it.”