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Beljan, Every criticize amateur participation at Masters

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Erik Compton of the USA prepares to hit his second shot at the par 5, 13th hole during the first round of the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic on the Majilis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on January 29, 2009 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)  - 

Of the 93 players slated to begin the Masters on Thursday, six of them are amateurs. According to PGA Tour players Matt Every and Charlie Beljan, that number is too high.

Twice a runner-up on Tour in 2012, Every took to Twitter Monday to make his opinions known about the inclusion of amateurs in the field for the season's first major.

That comment was re-tweeted by Beljan, who outside of Marcel Siem may have come closest to a trip down Magnolia Lane without securing an invite this year. His maiden victory at last year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic did not bring with it a spot in this week's field as it was not a full-FedEx Cup point event, and this season he fell just short of his second title, losing a playoff to John Merrick at the Northern Trust Open.

The composition of the field at Augusta National still does not seem to sit well with Beljan, who like Every has never played in the Masters. He added this reply to Every's original comment:

'@MattEveryGolf can't even get in with a pgatour win. But 14 year olds are welcome.'

Beljan has since deleted his account.

The 14-year-old in question is Tianlang Guan, who earned an invite to Augusta by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur last fall. He'll be joined this week by fellow amateurs Steven Fox and Michael Weaver, the winner and runner-up at last year's U.S. Amateur. Rounding out this year's contingent of amateurs will be British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar, U.S. Amateur Public Links champion T.J. Vogel, and U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith.