Competitive Masters Field Expected at 92

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 29, 2005, 5:00 pm
A total of 101 players have been invited to compete in the 69th Masters Tournament, April 7-10 at Augusta National Golf Club. The competitive field, however, may only extend to 92 players, as a handful of past Masters champions aren't expected to compete.
Being an invitational tournament, the Masters committee still holds the right to invite anyone they desire. Thus far, Japan's Shingo Katayama is the only player to receive a Special Invitation. A Masters official told The Golf Channel Wednesday that there is still the possibility that other players may receive a Special Invitation, but that 'it's getting pretty late.'
While the inclusion of six-time winner Jack Nicklaus is still in doubt, here is the list of eligible players who are likely to compete in the season's first major:
Masters champions:
Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark OMeara, Nick Faldo, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Jack Nicklaus, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd, Tommy Aaron, Charles Coody.
U.S. Open champions (last five years):
Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk.
British Open champions (last five years):
Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis, Ernie Els, David Duval.
PGA champions (last five years):
Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, David Toms.
Players Championship (last three years):
Fred Funk, Adam Scott, Davis Love III.
U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up:
Ryan Moore, Luke List.
British Amateur champion:
Stuart Wilson.
U.S. Mid-Amateur champion:
Austin Eaton III.
Top 16 players and ties from 2004 Masters:
K.J. Choi, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Chris DiMarco, Nick Price, Kirk Triplett, Padraig Harrington, Charles Howell III, Casey Wittenberg.
Top eight players and ties from 2004 U.S. Open:
Jeff Maggert, Shigeki Maruyama, Robert Allenby, Steve Flesch.
Top four players and ties from 2004 British Open:
Lee Westwood.
Top four players and ties from 2004 PGA Championship:
Justin Leonard, Chris Riley.
Top 40 players from the 2004 PGA Tour money list:
Stewart Cink, Stephen Ames, Stuart Appleby, Mark Hensby, Rory Sabbatini, Zach Johnson, Chad Campbell, John Daly, Scott Verplank, Jerry Kelly, Darren Clarke, Jay Haas, Kenny Perry, Carlos Franco, Rod Pampling, Tim Herron, Jonathan Kaye, Luke Donald, Ted Purdy, Ryan Palmer, Bo Van Pelt, Jesper Parnevik.
Top 50 players from the final 2004 world ranking:
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn, Angel Cabrera, Ian Poulter, Peter Lonard, Fredrik Jacobson, Thomas Levet, David Howell, Nick OHern, Joakim Haeggman, Trevor Immelman.
Top 10 players from the 2005 PGA Tour money list after The
Players Championship:

Joe Ogilvie, Tom Lehman.
Top 50 players from world ranking published the week after The Players Championship:
Tim Clark, Craig Parry, Graeme McDowell.
Special invitations:
Shingo Katayama.
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    Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

    Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

    In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

    What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

    After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

    Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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    Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

    Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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    “We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

    This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

    “The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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    Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

    The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

    The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

    The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

    "The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

    First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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    Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

    Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


    Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

    Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

    Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

    Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

    Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


    Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

    Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

    P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

    Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

    Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.