Does Els Deserve A Masters’ Invitation?

There are lot of different ways to get into the Masters, but right now Ernie Els meets none of the criteria. Here are the qualifications to get into the Masters:

  • Former winners of The Masters

  • Winners of the last five U.S. Opens

  • Winners of the last five British Opens

  • Winners of the last five PGA Championships

  • Winners of the last three Players Championships

  • Winner and runner-up from the last U.S. Amateur Championship

  • Winner of the last British Amateur Championship

  • Winner of the last Asian Amateur Championship

  • Winner of the last U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship

  • Winner of the last U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

  • The top 16 finishers (including ties) from last year’s Masters tournament

  • The top 8 finishers (including ties), from last year’s U.S. Open

  • The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year’s British Open

  • The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year’s PGA Championship

  • The top 30 finishers on last year’s PGA Tour money list

  • Winners of PGA Tour events from the previous Masters through this year’s Masters, providing those tournaments awarded full FedEx Cup points (no opposite-field tournaments qualify)

  • All players who qualified for last year’s Tour Championship

  • The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the previous year

  • The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking published in the week prior to this year’s Masters

    Els almost made it into the last category at the Transitions, coming up a putt short of the needed win. Now, however, there’s a cacophony of discussion on radio, television and the internet on whether Els is deserving of a special exemption. I like Els a lot, and am sure that his play would not embarass the men in the Green Jackets, but the fact is that he didn’t qualify. Yes, Ryo Ishikawa is in. But that’s the prerogative of Augusta, and they clearly see a financial or prestige advantage in inviting Japan’s number one player. For me, that’s a different issue than Els, who had a chance to play in.

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