Christmas came early for Adam Hadwin.
The Canadian didn’t play last week, but he was the beneficiary of some Official World Golf Ranking math when the final worldwide events of 2019 were completed. Hadwin is currently 49th but will end the year ranked exactly 50th, fractionally ahead of former PGA champ Keegan Bradley.
It’s an important distinction since the top 50 in the year-end rankings earn invitations to the Masters. Joining Hadwin in qualifying for the first major of 2020 are world No. 40 Jazz Janewattananond, who has won two straight events in Asia, along with Masters debutants Victor Perez, Andrew Putnam and Erik van Rooyen.
Meanwhile players like Bradley, No. 52 Eddie Pepperell and No. 53 Cameron Smith will have to find another way down Magnolia Lane. Outside of receiving a special invitation from the tournament committee, the only remaining criteria for professionals to qualify are to win a full-FedExCup point PGA Tour event before the Masters or finish inside the top 50 when the world rankings are published on April 6.
With the inclusion of Hadwin, Janewattananond and others, the current Masters field is up to 88 participants – already one more player than competed last year when Tiger Woods won. Here’s a look at the players who can already book their travel to Augusta, with players who qualify under multiple criteria listed under the first metric by which they qualify:
Former Masters champions (expected to compete)
Jose Maria Olazabal
U.S. Open champions (last five years)
Open champions (last five years)
PGA champions (last five years)
Players champions (last three years)
Si Woo Kim
Current U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up
John Augenstein (a)
Andy Ogletree (a)
Current British Amateur champion
James Sugrue (a)
Current Asia-Pacific Amateur champion
Yuxin Lin (a)
Current U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Lukas Michel (a)
First 12 players, including ties, at the 2019 Masters
First four players, including ties, at the 2019 U.S. Open
First four players, including ties, at the 2019 Open
First four players, including ties, at the 2019 PGA Championship
Winners of full-point PGA Tour events since 2019 Masters
Qualifiers for the 2019 Tour Championship
Charles Howell III
Top 50 in the final Official World Golf Rankings of 2019
Erik van Rooyen