It was the second straight year Augusta has given a special invitation, which it reserves for foreign-born players. Zhang Lian-Wei last year became the first player from China to compete in the Masters.
Katayama, who finished first on the Japan Golf Tour money list and won twice, will be playing the Masters for the fourth time.
The cutoff to qualify for the Masters is after The Players Championship at the end of March.
When he won outside Boston two years ago for his first PGA Tour victory, Adam Scott said he would continue to focus on the European tour and establish himself there.
But thats no longer the case.
Im playing a little bit more here, Scott said. After winning The Players Championship and cementing my place over here (with a five-year exemption), I have to take advantage. Im still playing enough to keep the card in Europe. Thats where I started, and I set some goals to win some stuff over there. And like to do that still.
But only playing a few is going to make it tough to win a lot.
With the majors and World Golf Championships counting on both tours, Scott only needs to play four times in Europe to keep his membership, freeing him up to play more in the United Sates.
But that wont include a big schedule on the West Coast, where venues like Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Riviera can be cool and wet.
For a tour that tries to follow the sun, it seems we play under water a lot of the time, Scott said.
CADDIE ON CALL
Lance Ten Broeck almost had to pull double duty last week in the Sony Open.
He caddied for Robert Allenby early in the first round, then found out he was next alternate to play. Tour officials awoke Michael Long from a nap, and he made it to Waialae in time to tee off.
Ten Broeck once played on tour and made more than 150 cuts in his career. That still makes him exempt, although he is at the bottom of the list in eligibility. But only a dozen or so alternates ever show up, especially in Hawaii, so there are times when the tour has to reach deep to find alternates.
To be eligible, Ten Broeck has to enter the tournament. He commits to every event, just in case the unlikely happens and more players drop out than there are alternates at the course. His last tour event was the 98 Texas Open, where Ten Broeck missed the cut.
The call never came at Waialae, and its probably a good thing.
Ill have to get some clubs, Ten Broeck said. And maybe some long pants, too. And then Id have to steal some range balls.
The MCI Heritage at Hilton Head is raising its purse to $5.2 million, with $936,000 going to the winner. Its the 14th consecutive year the tournaments has increased its prize money. ... The Madeira Island Open is moving to April 7-10, the first time in years the European tour has held an event opposite the Masters. ... Golfweek magazine reports that 18-year-old Paula Creamer has signed with IMG and hired Colin Cann to be her caddie. Cann previously worked for Se Ri Pak. ... Michelle Wie will be joined by two Curtis Cup teammates, Jane Park and Brittany Lang, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The LPGAs first major gave amateur exemptions to U.S. Junior Girls champion Julieta Granada, Florida whiz Morgan Pressel and Karin Sjodin of Sweden, a junior at Oklahoma State.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Bart Bryant was the only player to shoot par or better all eight rounds in Hawaii.
When I stood on the first tee at Oakland Hills, I saw most of the American officials dressed like players. We realized a long time ago that we werent players. Thats why we step back and let the players have center stage.'Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA of Europe.
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