Masters committee make qualification and cut changes
The Masters championship committee has announced significant changes to it's qualification process for the tournament in 2014 as well as immediate changes to the cut for this years Masters. Augusta chairman Billy Payne announced the changes in a press conference yesterday.
The changes will effect this weeks event with only the Top 12 finishers qualifying for next years Masters, this is down from 16 in 2012.
The US Open will now only hold qualifying spots for the Top 4, previously it has been the top 8. The Top 4 will still qualify from The Open and the PGA Championship.
All players winning a full Fed-Ex cup ranking event will gain an invitation and the Top 30 PGA Tour money list will now miss out, although all 30 from last years money list have gained entry into the 2013 Masters through other means.
Possibly the biggest change that has made is to the cut line, with the Top 50 and ties now making it through to the weekend, it had previously been the the Top 44 and ties. This rule change is effective immediately.
Billy Payne commented:
“We believe offering more playing opportunities for the participants over the weekend is a positive for everyone involved,”
The 10 shot rule will remain in place.
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