Masters field needs new blood

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

SEVEN tour­na­ments from the six largest tours over the next three weeks could shape the field for the Masters, and per­haps pave the way for the largest gath­er­ing at Au­gusta Na­tional in more than 50 years.

Au­gusta Na­tional in­vites the top 50 from the fi­nal world rank­ing of the year, and then the top 50 one week be­fore the Masters.

Among those on the bub­ble are for­mer PGA cham­pion Kee­gan Bradley, hang­ing on at No. 48, and Pres­i­dents Cup player Cameron Smith at No.

52. The Aus­tralian gets two more tries to get into the top

50.

The Masters al­ready has 77 play­ers who have qual­i­fied and are ex­pected to play.

From this week’s world rank­ing, 12 play­ers in the top 50 are not yet el­i­gi­ble, mean­ing the size of the field could swell to 89 play­ers go­ing into the new year.

Still to come are 12 events on the PGA Tour that of­fer Masters in­vi­ta­tions to the win­ner, along with the top 50 from the April 5 world rank­ing and the Latin Amer­i­can Am­a­teur cham­pion.

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