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2014 Masters Field Continues to Grow

Written by  on Friday, 20 December 2013

The 2014 Masters may be about to break its own field record as the number of participants reaches 90 and more may yet be added.

The last time over 100 players took part was in 1966, when 103 golfers were selected to compete and there is plenty of time for that number to be exceeded before the tournament tees off.

There have been 14 recent additions to the field as a result of the final update to the Official World Golf Rankings, which has boosted the total number up to 90. This could pose a potential problem at Augusta National as it is preferred that fewer than 100 players compete but more could yet be added if they qualify in the meantime.

There is still a chance that further players could earn a spot at the event before April rolls around. There are two ways a player can qualify for the event; either by winning a PGA Tour tournament beforehand or by climbing up into the top 50 in the rankings before March 30. Changes were actually made to the criteria in an attempt to keep the numbers down but so far, this has only resulted in the elimination of one player, David Toms, who would have earned a place according to the old criteria.

The last Official World Golf Ranking of the season was published on December 15, bringing 14 additional players to the field on the process. These included 12 European Tour players: Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari, Matteo Manassero, David Lynn, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Hanson, Joost Luiten, Branden Grace and Victor Dubuisson, as well as Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and America's Rickie Fowler.

It could stop at 90 but it is far more likely that The Masters will be a much larger event than planned.

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