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:
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:
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:
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
Joe Ogilvie, Tom Lehman.
Top 50 players from world ranking published the week after The Players Championship:
Tim Clark, Craig Parry, Graeme McDowell.