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What Are the Masters Qualifications, the Qualifying Criteria to Make the Field?

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11: A flag stick is seen during the second round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Question: What Are the Masters Qualifications, the Qualifying Criteria to Make the Field?
Answer: The Masters golf tournament is technically an invitational. But that doesn't mean that a committee of Augusta National Golf Club members sits down and decides who gets to play and who doesn't. There are qualifying criteria for playing in The Masters, and a golfer who meets those criteria receives an invitation to play.

So, what are those Masters qualifications? Changes and tweaks to the qualifying criteria are made over time, but the most recent Masters qualification requirements are listed here. Players who meet any of the following criteria receive an invitation to play in The Masters:

  • Former winners of The Masters
  • Winners of the last five U.S. Opens
  • Winners of the last five British Opens
  • Winners of the last five PGA Championships
  • Winners of the last three Players Championships
  • Winner and runner-up from the last U.S. Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the last British Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the last Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the last U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
  • Winner of the last U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
  • The top 12 finishers (including ties) from last year's Masters tournament
  • The top 4 finishers (including ties), from last year's U.S. Open
  • The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year's British Open
  • The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year's PGA Championship
  • Winners of PGA Tour events that award full FedEx Cup points, from the period of the previous Masters to the current Masters
  • All golfers who qualified for the previous year's Tour Championship
  • The Top 50 golfers in the final Official World Golf Ranking of the previous calendar year
  • The Top 50 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking from the week prior to the current Masters
Also note that Augusta National's Masters Committee reserves the right to invite any international golfer its sees fit who is not otherwise qualified.

These Masters qualifications usually result in a tournament field of from 90 to 100 players.

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