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Augusta National Getting Too Crowded for Its Liking

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:32 Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:26

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ORLANDO, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Matt Every needed a victory at Bay Hill to get into the Masters, and he was only being honest when he shared what he was thinking as Henrik Stenson faced a birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff.

“You’re already in. Miss it. I need to get in.”

Augusta National would have had reason to root for Stenson.

It has managed to keep the field at the Masters under 100 players for nearly 50 years, a streak that is in serious jeopardy going into the final two weeks. Every was the fourth PGA Tour winner in the last six weeks to qualify for the Masters.

That brings the total to 95 players at Augusta — including Tiger Woods, the great unknown — heading into a pivotal week.

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How They Qualified for Augusta National

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:09 Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:02

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (PGATOUR.COM) — Curious how players earned their coveted Masters invitation? We have the full field list below. Players are listed along with the category through which they qualified. You can match the category number with the list of qualification criteria below the table.

There are still a few opportunities for players to earn invitations to Augusta National. Players in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's Valero Texas Open also will earn invitations, along with the winners of the Texas Open and Shell Houston Open.

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McIlroy Has Work to Do Before Masters

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:10 Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:55

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ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Rory McIlroy’s road to the Masters was memorable for reasons not many would have imagined.

He missed the cut at The Honda Classic. He was missing a club at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship when he flung his 3-iron into a lake. And his highlight at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard was eating a banana split after dinner with the King.

“He went into it like it was the last supper,” Palmer said.

It wasn’t pretty, but there was no reason for McIlroy to panic.

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Scott Might Use Long Putter at The Masters

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:54 Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:26

altAUGUSTA, Georgia (Brian Wacker/PGATOUR.COM) — Adam Scott is spending Tuesday at Augusta National. When he plays the Masters in two weeks it’s possible he will do so using a long putter.

“Putting with a longer putter is maybe the smarter thing to do,” Scott said. “I don’t know. It’s all about the lag putting. It’s such a difference in weight of club and stroke and everything. I’m just trying to figure it all out.”

Scott, who won the Masters in 2013 using an anchored putter, ditched the longer club at Trump National Doral earlier this month for a standard length putter in order to start preparing himself for the anchoring ban that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016.

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Earning a Masters Invitation

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 22:19 Monday, 23 March 2015 22:11

altIt’s one of the most memorable pieces of mail a golfer can receive. It’s a simple piece of card with plain black writing that reads:

“The Board of Governors at the Augusta National Golf Club cordially invites you to participate in the Two Thousand and Fifteen Masters Tournament.”

We are of course talking about the letter that arrives once a player has qualified for The Masters. Whilst many players have already received their invitations, several are reserved for players yet to play their way into this year’s field. Here’s a closer look at the key players playing in Morocco and what they need to do to climb into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and earn their Masters invitation.

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