Masters chairman Billy Payne announced during his “State of the Masters” address on Wednesday the top 50 players and ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead will make the cut and play on the weekend.
Before, only the top 44 players and ties made it to the weekend.
The Masters will also give invitations to the top 12 finishers instead of the top 16 and will also take the top eight finishers at the U.S. Open instead of the top four. Since a Masters invite is coveted, this new rule may ensure the highest quality of golf is played even if someone is running away with the championship, as golfers will battle to finish in the top 12 to get a guaranteed return trip to Augusta.
The winners of tournaments that are a part of the FedEx Cup Series in the fall will get automatic invites.