Masters Tournament Invitees

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 1, 2003, 5:00 pm
2003 Masters Tournament Invitees

Tommy Aaron
Robert Allenby
Stuart Appleby
George Archer
Severiano Ballesteros
* Ricky Barnes
Rich Beem
Thomas Bjorn
Gay Brewer Jr.
Jack Burke Jr.
Jonathan Byrd
Tom Byrum
Angel Cabrera
Chad Campbell
Michael Campbell
Billy Casper
K. J. Choi
Tim Clark
Darren Clarke
Charles Coody
John Cook
Fred Couples
Ben Crenshaw
Chris DiMarco
David Duval
Steve Elkington
Ernie Els
Bob Estes
Nick Faldo
Niclas Fasth
Brad Faxon
Raymond Floyd
Doug Ford
Fred Funk
Jim Furyk
Sergio Garcia
Bob Goalby
Retief Goosen
Jay Haas
Padraig Harrington
Scott Hoch
Charles Howell III
John Huston
Toshi Izawa
Lee Janzen
Miguel A. Jimenez
Shingo Katayama
Herman Keiser
Jerry Kelly
Bernhard Langer
* A. Larrazabal
USA
Australia
Australia
USA
Spain
USA
USA
(Withdrew)
USA
USA
USA
USA
Argentina
USA
N.Z.
USA
Korea
S. Africa
N. Ireland
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
Australia
S. Africa
USA
England
Sweden
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
Spain
USA
S. Africa
USA
Ireland
USA
USA
USA
Japan
USA
Spain
Japan
USA
USA
Germany
Spain
Paul Lawrie
Tom Lehman
Justin Leonard
Thomas Levet
Peter Lonard
Davis Love III
Steve Lowery
Sandy Lyle
Jeff Maggert
* Hunter Mahan
Shigeki Maruyama
Len Mattiace
Billy Mayfair
Scott McCarron
Rocco Mediate
Phil Mickelson
Larry Mize
Colin Montgomerie
* Ryan Moore
Byron Nelson
Jack Nicklaus
Jose Maria Olazabal
Mark O'Meara
Arnold Palmer
Craig Parry
Pat Perez
Craig Perks
Kenny Perry
Gary Player
Nick Price
Chris Riley
Loren Roberts
John Rollins
Eduardo Romero
Justin Rose
Adam Scott
Vijay Singh
Jeff Sluman
Craig Stadler
Kevin Sutherland
Toru Taniguchi
Phil Tataurangi
David Toms
Kirk Triplett
Scott Verplank
Tom Watson
Mike Weir
Tiger Woods
Ian Woosnam
* George Zahringer
Fuzzy Zoeller
Scotland
USA
USA
France
Australia
USA
USA
Scotland
USA
USA
Japan
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
Scotland
USA
USA
USA
Spain
USA
USA
Australia
USA
N.Z.
USA
S. Africa
Zimbabwe
USA
USA
USA
Argentina
England
Australia
Fiji
USA
USA
USA
Japan
N..Z
USA
USA
USA
USA
Canada
USA
Wales
USA
USA

* Denotes Amateur
 
Criteria for Qualification
 
1.Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)
2.US Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
3.British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
4.PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
5.Winners of The Players Championship (3 years)
6.Current US Amateur Champion (6-A) (Honorary, non- competing after 1 year) and the runner -up (6-B) to the current US Amateur Champion
7.Current British Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year)
8.Current US Amateur Public Links Champion
9.Current US Mid-Amateur Champion
10.The first 16 players, including ties, in the 2002 Masters Tournament
11.The first 8 players, including ties, in the 2002 US Open Championship
12.The first 4 players, including ties, in the 2002 PGA Championship
13.The first 4 players, including ties, in the 2002 British Open Championship
14.The 40 leaders on the Final Official PGA Tour Money List for 2002
15.The 10 leaders on the current year Official PGA Tour Money List published during the wee k prior to the 2003 Masters Tournament
16.The 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for 2002
17.The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the 2003 Masters Tournament.
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.