Masters Announces Changes To Qualification And Cutline
By mustang6560 on 4/10/13
In the annual state of The Masters address, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne spoke on a variety of topics including the the club's efforts to increase youth participation in the game of golf, the inclusion of the club's first two female members, and Bubba Watson's heroic shot on the 10th hole last year to name a few.

But the most interesting news out of the press room was the club's planned changes to the qualification and the cutline. In light of the PGA Tour's new cross-calendar schedule and club's desire to continue to award invitations to winners of PGA Tour events (with full point allocation to the season ending Tour Championship - sorry Charlie!), Billy said the club plans to amend the following three qualification for the 2014 Masters Tournament.
  • The top 12, no longer the top 16, from the Masters will earn invitations.

  • The top four, no longer the top eight, from the U.S. Open will earn invitations. This is consistent with the qualification criteria for the British Open and PGA Championship.

  • The year-end, top-30 PGA Tour money qualification will be removed.
In addition to these changes, starting this year the club also plans to increase the cutline from 44 players and ties, plus players within 10 strokes of the leader, to 50 players and ties, plus players within 10 strokes of the leader.

At first it may seem like a lot of players will be left out, but if the amended qualification were in place this year, the only players who wouldn't have received an invitation are Kevin Na and John Peterson. And I bet you didn't even realize either player was in the field this week to begin with.

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