Masters 2022: FIVE South Africans in the field for Augusta National

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NINE days at the time of publishing. That’s how close we are to the first round of this year’s Masters and the first major of 2022.

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Invitations have been sent and the last spots in the field are starting to get filled.

In anticipation of the tournament, Golf Digest has compiled a list of those who have already secured their spots.

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With the standard 19-point qualifying criteria in place again for 2022, we have a count of 107 total invitees so far (listed below).

Taking out the past champions who did not compete in 2021 (which includes Tiger Woods) or those who won’t in 2022 – Phil Mickelson among others – and that leaves 90 professionals and amateurs who are set to tee it up next Thursday.

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Five players earned late invites after the WGC-Dell Match Play, namely Thomas Pieters, Harold Varner III, Seamus Power, Russell Henley and Cameron Young.

There is now just one more shot at qualifying for the Masters: a victory at this week’s PGA Tour Valero Texas Open.

Unless a South African wins in Texas, there will be FIVE players from Mzansi in the field for this year’s Masters.

They are Charl Schwartzel (former champion), Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Garrick Higgo, Louis Oosthuizen and Erik van Rooyen.

The 86th Masters will take place from 7-10 April.

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OFFICIAL MASTERS FIELD

Under player, qualifying criteria, number(s)

Abraham Ancer, 16 (WGC-FedEx), 17, 19
Daniel Berger, 17, 19
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, 18
Sam Burns, 16 (Valspar, Sanderson), 17, 19
Patrick Cantlay, 16 (Memorial, BMW), 17, 19
Paul Casey, 15, 19
Cameron Champ, 16 (3M Open)
Stewart Cink, 12, 16 (RBC Heritage), 17
Corey Conners, 12, 17, 19
Fred Couples, 1
Cameron Davis, 16 (Rocket Mortgage)
Bryson DeChambeau, 2, 17, 19
Harris English, 13, 16 (Travelers), 17, 19
Tony Finau, 12, 16 (Northern Trust), 17, 19
Matt Fitzpatrick, 18, 19
Tommy Fleetwood, 18, 19
Sergio Garcia, 1, 19
Lucas Glover, 16 (John Deere)
Talor Gooch, 16 (RSM Classic), 19
Austin Greaser (a), 7
Stewart Hagestad (a), 10
Brian Harman, 12
Padraig Harrington, 15
Tyrrell Hatton, 18, 19
Russell Henley, 19
Lucas Herbert, 16 (Bermuda), 19
Garrick Higgo, 16 (Palmetto)
Harry Higgs, 15
Tom Hoge, 16 (AT&T Pebble Beach), 19
Max Homa, 16 (Fortinet), 19
Billy Horschel, 17, 19
Viktor Hovland, 16 (Mayakoba), 17, 19
Mackenzie Hughes, 18
Sungjae Im, 16 (Shriners), 17, 19
Aaron Jarvis (a), 11
Dustin Johnson, 1, 7, 19
Zach Johnson, 1
Takumi Kanaya, 18, 19
Si Woo Kim, 12
Kevin Kisner, 16 (Wyndham), 19
Brooks Koepka, 2, 4, 13, 15, 17, 19
Jason Kokrak, 16 (Colonial, Houston), 17, 19
Bernhard Langer, 1
K.H. Lee, 16 (Byron Nelson)
Min Woo Lee, 18
Marc Leishman, 12, 16, 19
Luke List, 16 (Farmers)
Shane Lowry, 3, 19
Sandy Lyle, 1

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Robert MacIntyre, 12
Hideki Matsuyama, 1, 12, 16 (Masters, Zozo, Sony), 17, 19
Rory McIlroy, 5, 16 (Wells Fargo, CJ Cup), 17, 19
Guido Migliozzi, 13
Larry Mize, 1
Francesco Molinari, 3
Collin Morikawa, 3, 4, 13, 14, 16 (Open Championship), 17, 19
Kevin Na, 12, 17, 19
Keita Nakajima (a), 9
Joaquin Niemann, 16 (Genesis), 17, 19
Jose Maria Olazabal, 1
Louis Oosthuizen, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19
Ryan Palmer, 18
Thomas Pieters, 19
James Piot (a), 7
Seamus Power, 19
Jon Rahm, 2, 12, 13, 14, 16 (US Open), 17, 19
Patrick Reed, 1, 12, 17, 19
Justin Rose, 12
Xander Schauffele, 6, 12, 17, 19
Scottie Scheffler, 16 (WM Phoenix, Arnold Palmer, WGC-Dell Match Play), 17, 19
Charl Schwartzel, 1
Adam Scott, 1, 19
Laird Shepherd (a), 8
Webb Simpson, 12, 19
Vijay Singh, 1
Cameron Smith, 5, 12, 16 (Zurich, Sentry TOC, Players), 17, 19
Jordan Spieth, 1, 3, 12, 14, 17, 19
Sepp Straka, 16 (Honda)
Hudson Swafford, 16 (American Express)
Justin Thomas, 4, 5, 17, 19
Erik van Rooyen, 17
Harold Varner III, 19
Bubba Watson, 1
Mike Weir, 1
Lee Westwood, 18
Danny Willett, 1
Mathew Wolff, 18, 19
Gary Woodland, 2
Cameron Young, 19
Will Zalatoris, 12, 19

Past champions who did not play in 2021 or said they won’t play in 2022:

Tommy Aaron
Jack Burke, Jr.
Angel Cabrera
Charles Coody
Ben Crenshaw
Nick Faldo
Raymond Floyd
Trevor Immelman
Phil Mickelson
Jack Nicklaus
Mark O’Meara
Gary Player
Craig Stadler
Tom Watson
Tiger Woods
Ian Woosnam
Fuzzy Zoeller

Masters 2022 qualifying categories:

1: Masters champions (lifetime)
2: US Open champions (five years)
3: Open champions (five years)
4: PGA champion (five years)
5: Players champion (three years)
6: Current Olympic gold medalist (one year)
7: Current U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up (one year)
8: Current British Amateur champion (one year)
9: Current Asia-Pacific Amateur champion (one year)
10: Current U.S. Mid-Amateur champion (one year)
11: Current Latin America Amateur champion (one year)
12: First 12 players, including ties, in the previous year’s Masters
13: First 4 players, including ties, in the previous year’s U.S. Open
14: First 4 players, including ties, in the previous year’s Open Championship
15: First 4 players, including ties, in the previous year’s PGA Championship
16: Winners of PGA Tour regular-season and playoff events that award at least a full allocation of FedEx Cup points
17: Qualifiers from the previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship (top 30 in FedEx Cup)
18: 50 leaders on the final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year
19: 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters

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