December 15 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Fourteen players were added to the Masters field by virtue of being in the top 50 of the year-end Official World Golf Ranking. With no official events remaining this year, OWGR officials were able to calculate the Dec. 31 ranking.
Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, David Lynn, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Hanson, Joost Luiten and Branden Grace were added to the Masters field.
Luiten and Grace finishes Nos. 49 and 50 in the ranking, respectively. Grace finished sixth at the Nelson Mandela Championship, which concluded Dec. 14. That finish allowed him to remain ahead of fellow South African Richard Sterne, who finished 51st in the ranking. Sterne is not yet exempt for the Masters.
Players can still qualify for the 2014 Masters by winning a PGA TOUR event that offers 500 or more FedExCup points or being in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking published after the Valero Texas Open on March 27-30.
Matsuyama will be the first winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, which Augusta National helped create in 2009, to compete in the Masters. Matsuyama won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2010 and 2011, and made the cut in two Masters appearances as an amateur. He finished in the top 10 in his first two majors as a pro, at this year's U.S. Open and Open Championship.