Although the Masters officials delayed the tournament for seven months, this year they declined to change the qualifying requirements to accommodate this summer’s game, basing the field primarily on successes from the 2019 and early 2020 season by invitation only So the field will include the golfers who had qualified for the Masters by the March deadline and a number of golfers who played well on the PGA Tour’s return from their coronavirus hiatus sat outside.
Former champions, current major champions, current PGA Tour winners and golfers in the top 50 of the official golf world rankings from March 15th are invited to the Masters.
The field shrank by one on Monday as tournament organizers announced that 2017 champ Sergio Garcia will miss the tournament after testing positive for the coronavirus. Up-and-coming star Joaquin Niemann, the first Chilean to win the PGA Tour, previously retired because of a positive test.
Next to Garcia, Daniel Berger is the most notable – and most controversial – absence this week. He was way out of the top 50 at the set cutoff point in March, but had climbed to 13th place since last week, with a win after the break, three more top three finishes and a draw for 13th place. 1st place at the PGA championship in August.
Other notable absences include Viktor Hovland (# 24 in the world since last week), Harris English (35th in the world, fourth at the US Open in September, eight top 20 finishes since the restart) and Ryan Palmer (33rd in the world) . in.) the world, four top 10 placements since the restart).
A note on the cut: Starting this year, only the low 50 players and ties will advance to the weekend. From 2013 to 2019 everyone made the cut within 10 strokes of the leader, along with the top 50 and ties.