Masters Tournament 2024 with a small field

Currently, 80 players have been invited to walk down the famous Magnolia Lane in the second week of April

by Andrea Gussoni
Masters Tournament 2024 with a small field
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In just 90 days the first Major of the year will be held, the Augusta Masters, a long-awaited event in the world of golf. During the holiday season, the Augusta National Board has traditionally sent invitations to players who fall into the exemption categories, which this year became 20 after some adjustments decided by the Board itself.

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Currently, 80 players have been invited to walk down the famous Magnolia Lane in the second week of April. The latest to be invited is Santiago de La Fuente, a young Mexican who won the Latin America Amateur Championship last weekend.

For those who have not yet received an invitation, the only remaining option is to win one of the PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters. This could lead to a smaller field of participants than in recent seasons, although historically the number of participants at the Masters has fluctuated between 85 and 100 players, with a record of 109 participants in 1962.

Despite uncertainties about the exact number of participants, the quality of the field will certainly remain high. Some historic players have already announced their farewell to the tournament, such as Sandy Lyle after 42 years of participation and Bernhard Langer, who won the tournament in 1985 and 1993, and who is preparing for the last challenge.

Furthermore, there is the possibility of a surprising return at the 2024 Masters, with Angel Cabrera. Augusta National Board Chairman Fred Ridley said Cabrera is one of the tournament's greats, but he has been unable to compete for the past two years due to legal problems.

However, he is working to resolve these issues and, if he can do so, he could make a highly anticipated return to the Masters. It will certainly be an interesting and exciting Masters to follow this year. The tournament was born in 1934 as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament on the initiative of Bobby Jones, who was also the designer of the course with Alister Mackenzie, and Clifford Roberts, an investor from New York.

In 1939 the tournament changed its name to its current one and since 1940 it has been played every year in the first full week of April. The best professionals from all over the world participate, as well as amateurs who hold the title of champion of the United States and Great Britain.

The selection criteria are very strict, even more than other majors. This means that the number of participants is around 100 or so, compared to around 160 in other major tournaments. In fact, in addition to past winners of the Masters, the winners of the last five editions of the other majors, of the last three editions of the Players Championship, the top four classified in each major of the previous year (but the top 12 of the last Masters) are admitted.

, the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking of the previous year and the top 50 of the current year (the week before the tournament), the qualifiers for the Tour Championship of the previous year and the champions of the Amateur tournaments.