Thanks to the developments after last week’s Shell Houston Open, the field for The Masters is all but set, with only one more spot available. If the winner of this week’s Valero Texas Open was not already in the field that will be playing Augusta National next week, they will secure a spot. If they were already in the field, then nobody else will be getting the opportunity to play the first major championship of the year on the PGA Tour.
At the conclusion of the Shell Houston Open, four golfers managed to play their way into The Masters. They were D.A. Points (who won the event), Henrik Stenson, Fredrik Jacobson and Richard Sterne. Points secured a spot thanks to the victory, while Stenson, Jacobson and Sterne qualified by moving into the top 50 in the official world golf rankings. Even after the win, Points is still only ranked 70th in the world.
The golfer that most people are probably rooting for to earn a spot at Augusta is 19 year old Jordan Spieth. He has been the feel good story of the year. Even though he is still a teenager, the talent this kid has is undeniable. It would be quite a story to see him play The Masters.
There are five former major champions that have to rely on a win this week to secure an invite to this year’s first major. Retief Goosen, Geoff Ogilvy, Justin Leonard, John Daly and David Duval are the players that find themselves in the unenviable situation of “win and you’re in, lose and you’re not”. No pressure though, right?
There are 93 invites that have been sent out for the 2013 Masters. We will have to wait until Sunday evening to find out whether or not that number will move to 94.