Masters 2016 field: How they qualified


Officially, there are 18 different ways to qualify for the Masters Tournament. But ask any of the 89 players teeing it up this week at Augusta National, and it doesn't matter if you're qualified by one metric or eight (hello, Jordan Spieth). All that matters is that you've made it into golf's most exclusive tournament.

Here's a look at how each player qualified for this year's event (Note: players who have qualified under multiple categories are listed under the first category by which they are exempt.):

1. Former Masters champions: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Mark O'Meara, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Tom Watson

2. U.S. Open winners (2011-15): Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer

3. Open Championship winners (2011-15): Darren Clarke, Ernie Els

4. PGA Championship winners (2011-15): Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jason Day

5. Players Championship winners (2013-15): Rickie Fowler

6. Current U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up: Bryson DeChambeau, Derek Bard

7. Current British Amateur champion: Romain Langasque

8. Current Asia Pacific Amateur champion: Cheng Jin

9. Current Latin American Amateur champion: Paul Chaplet

10. Current U.S. Mid-Amateur champion: Sammy Schmitz

11. Top 12 (plus ties) from 2015 Masters: Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Kevin Streelman, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na, Dustin Johnson, Charley Hoffman, Bill Haas, Paul Casey, Ryan Moore

12: Top four (plus ties) from 2015 U.S. Open: Cameron Smith, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen

13. Top four (plus ties) from 2015 Open Championship: Marc Leishman

14. Top four (plus ties) from 2015 PGA Championship: None

15. Winners of PGA Tour events with full FedEx Cup point allocation since 2015 Masters: Steven Bowditch, Fabian Gomez, Emiliano Grillo, Jim Herman, Smylie Kaufman, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Russell Knox, Danny Lee, David Lingmerth, Davis Love III, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, Troy Merritt, Brandt Snedeker, Vaughn Taylor, Justin Thomas

16. Players who qualified for 2015 Tour Championship: Daniel Berger, Scott Piercy, Harris English, J.B. Holmes, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson, Robert Streb, Jimmy Walker

17. Top 50 in final Official World Golf Ranking of 2015: Byeong-Hun An, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel, Thongchai Jaidee, Soren Kjeldsen, Anirban Lahiri, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett, Chris Wood

18. Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking week before 2016 Masters: Rafael Cabrera-Bello