Points’ surprising victory at the Shell Houston Open did more than launch him up the world rankings, from 195th to 70th. By winning a PGA Tour event, he automatically secured a spot in next week’s Masters.
Not so for Siem, whose victory at the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II appeared to put him inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, which would qualify him for the Masters. Instead, he finished No. 51, just .0351 points behind the coveted 50th spot.
Henrik Stenson (No. 42), Fredrik Jacobson (No. 47) and Richard Sterne (No. 49) were among the players who hung on to a Masters berth, while Charles Howell III (54th) and Geoff Ogilvy (55th) failed to qualify via the top 50.