The first 75 players qualified for the Masters

A number which could change if the rumor which sends the title holder and current world number 3 Jon Rahm to the dissident circuit is confirmed.

by Andrea Gussoni
The first 75 players qualified for the Masters
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With the end of the year approaching, and the rankings frozen or almost frozen, the identity of the players invited to the 88th edition of the Masters, which will take place in Augusta from April 11 to 14, is becoming clearer.

Of the 16 players under contract with LIV Golf present last April at the start of the 2023 Masters, there are only 9 left to appear in the categories usually retained to constitute the field for the first Major of the 2024 season.

Among them, six former champions (Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson) and three recent Major winners (Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka). A number which could change if the rumor which sends the title holder and current world number 3 Jon Rahm to the dissident circuit is confirmed.

The main victims of exclusion from the world rankings of LIV tournaments are Mito Pereira, Joaquin Niemann, Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na, Louis Oosthuizen, Thomas Pieters and Harold Varner III. These players were all at the start of the Masters in April.

Francesco Molinari, whose exemption for his victory in The Open in 2018 ended, would be one of the other notable absentees. Other players present last spring are also currently “uninvited” for 2024: Cameron Champ, Tom Hoge, Scott Stallings, Aaron Wise, Mackenzie Hughes, Billy Horschel, KH Lee, Seamus Power and Adam Svensson.

Currently in the world top 50, two European players, Adrian Meronk and Nicolai Højgaard, have however not yet been certain of still being in this world elite on December 31 and may not appear in the list of players affected by the first invitations.

They therefore do not appear in this one.

Between the start of 2024 and the Masters (April 11 to 14), the field of players will expand further. During these three months, victorious players in full-field PGA Tour tournaments and those who will be in the world top 50 on Monday, April 1 will also see the doors of Augusta National open.

The list of 75

Past Masters Tournament winners (20)
Fred Couples, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Bernhard Langer, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, José Maria Olazabal, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Scottie Scheffler, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Mike Weir, Tiger Woods, Danny Willett Other former winners still alive but unwilling or unable to play: Tommy Aaron, Jack Burke Jr., Angel Cabrera, Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Trevor Immelman, Jack Nicklaus, Mark O'Meara, Gary Player, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam, Fuzzy Zoeller, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize 2.

US Open winners from 2019 to 2023 (4)
Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Fitzpatrick, Gary Woodland, Wyndham Clark 3. Winners of the Open Championship from 2019 to 2023 (4)
Shane Lowry, Collin Morikawa, Cameron Smith, Brian Harman 4.

PGA Championship winners from 2019 to 2023 (2)
Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka 5. Recent Players Championship winners from 2022 to 2024 6. Gold medalist at last year’s Olympic Games 7. Winner and finalist of the 2023 US amateur (2)
Nick Dunlap (a), Neal Shipley (a) 8.

Winner of the 2023 British amateur (1)
Christo Lamprechet (a) 9. Winner of the 2023 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (1)
Jasper Stubbs (a) 10. The winner of the 2024 Latin American Amateur Championship 11. The winner of the 2023 American Mid-Amateur Championship (1)
Stewart Hagestad (a) 12.

The first 12 and ties for the 2023 Masters (5)
Russell Henley, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Sahith Theegala, Cameron Young 13. The first 4 and ties at the 2023 US Open 14. The first 4 and ties of The Open 2023 (2)
Sepp Straka, Tom Kim 15.

The first 4 and tied for the 2023 PGA Championship (2)
Kurt Kitayama, Cam Davis 16. PGA Tour tournament winners from the 2023 Masters through the 2024 Masters (12)
Ludvig Aberg, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Emiliano Grillo, Lee Hodges, Luke List, Nick Taylor, Erik Van Rooyen, Camilo Villegas 17.

Players qualified for the 2023 Tour Championship (10)
Patrick Cantlay, Corey Conners, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Max Homa, Sungjae Im, Si Woo Kim, Taylor Moore, Xander Schauffele, Adam Schenk 18. The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of December 31, 2023 (10)
Guaranteed to be there: Sam Burns, Ryan Fox, Will Zalatoris, Denny McCarthey, Harris English, Justin Rose, Eric Cole, J.T. Poston, Min Woo Lee, Adam Hadwin 19. The top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking as of March 27, 2023

Jon Rahm