Masters Could Field 100 Players for First Time in 50 Years

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The field for the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta is set unless someone other than a top fifty player, who has not yet qualified, wins the Shell Houston Open played April 2-5 in Humble, Texas.

Devil Ball Golf noted that the final invites were established on Sunday with Anirban Lahiri, Paul Casey, Branden Grace, and Bernd Wiesbergerearned maintaining top 50 Official World Golf Ranking to make the cut. The only player to break-in to the top fifty on Sunday was Brendon Todd, who had already qualified for the Masters by winning the Byron Nelson Championship.

Now earning the title of the 104th-best golfer in the world is Tiger Woods. Last week he ascended above the century mark for the first time since September 29, 1996, his rookie PGA season, when the Official World Rankings pegged him at #225. The following week Woods won the Las Vegas Invitational catapulting him to #79, where he eventually enjoyed over a decade at the top spot.

ESPN reported that the Masters field is now at 99 players. Providing that someone wins at the Houston Open who has not already qualified—and conditional on the status of Tiger Woods, Kevin Stadler, Graeme McDowell, Brooks Koepka, and Steve Stricker—the Masters will host 100 players for the first time since 1966.


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