• Van Rooyen bags Masters invite

    Erik Van Rooyen
    Van Rooyen is heading to Augusta

    In a little over a 100 days, Erik van Rooyen will walk down Magnolia Lane en route to his debut at The Masters, the most anticipated and hardest Major to be invited to play in.

    Year in review: Erik is SA’s top player in 2019 

    Van Rooyen will be having anything but a Blue Monday after the Official Golf World Ranking confirmed his year-end ranking to be 50th in the world.

    And with that, an invite to Augusta National as one of a dozen players not yet qualified but finishing inside the top 50 in the world.

    Van Rooyen joins Justin Harding, Trevor Immelman, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in the field.

    The current field at The Masters, where Tiger Woods will defend his title, is set at 89 but all hope is not lost for those not yet invited as all winners of a PGA Tour event with full FedEx Cup points between now and April who aren’t otherwise qualified earn invitations. Additionally, the top 50 in the World Ranking a week prior to The Masters will be extended an invitation.

    2020 Masters field:

    Tommy Aaron, 1*
    Byeong Hun An, 18
    Abraham Ancer, 17, 18
    John Augenstein (a), 7
    Jack Burke, Jr., 1*
    Angel Cabrera, 1
    Rafa Cabrera Bello, 18
    Patrick Cantlay, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18
    Paul Casey, 17, 18
    Cameron Champ, 16
    Corey Conners, 17
    Charles Coody, 1*
    Fred Couples, 1
    Ben Crenshaw, 1*
    Jason Day, 4, 12, 18
    Bryson DeChambeau, 17, 18
    Tyler Duncan, 16
    Nick Faldo, 1*
    Tony Finau, 12, 14, 17, 18
    Matt Fitzpatrick, 18
    Tommy Fleetwood, 14, 18
    Raymond Floyd, 1*
    Rickie Fowler, 12, 17, 18
    Dylan Frittelli, 16
    Sergio Garcia, 1, 18
    Lucas Glover, 17
    Bob Goalby, 1*
    Lanto Griffin, 16
    Adam Hadwin, 18
    Justin Harding, 12
    Tyrrell Hatton, 18
    Max Homa, 16
    Billy Horschel, 18
    Charles Howell III, 17
    Sungjae Im, 17, 18
    Shugo Imahira, 18
    Trevor Immelman, 1
    Jazz Janewattananond, 18
    Dustin Johnson, 2, 12, 15, 17, 18
    Zach Johnson, 1, 3
    Sung Kang, 16
    Si Woo Kim, 5
    Kevin Kisner, 17, 18
    Brooks Koepka, 2, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18
    Jason Kokrak, 17
    Matt Kuchar, 12, 17, 18
    Bernhard Langer, 1
    Nate Lashley, 16
    Marc Leishman, 17, 18
    Yuxin Lin (a), 9
    Shane Lowry, 3, 14, 16
    Sandy Lyle, 1
    Hideki Matsuyama, 17, 18
    Rory McIlroy, 5, 16, 17, 18
    Lukas Michel (a), 10
    Phil Mickelson, 1
    Larry Mize, 1
    Francesco Molinari, 3, 12, 18
    Sebastian Munoz, 16
    Kevin Na, 16, 18
    Jack Nicklaus, 1*
    Joaquin Niemann, 16
    Andy Ogletree (a), 7
    Jose Maria Olazabal, 1
    Mark O’Meara, 1*
    Louis Oosthuizen, 17, 18
    C.T. Pan, 16
    Victor Perez, 18
    Gary Player, 1*
    J.T. Poston, 16
    Ian Poulter, 12, 18
    Andrew Putnam, 18
    Jon Rahm, 12, 13, 17, 18
    Chez Reavie, 13, 16, 17, 18
    Patrick Reed, 1, 16, 17, 18
    Justin Rose, 13, 17, 18
    Xander Schauffele, 12, 13, 17, 18
    Charl Schwartzel, 1
    Adam Scott, 1, 17, 18
    James Sugrue (a), 8
    Webb Simpson, 5, 12, 17, 18
    Vijay Singh, 1
    Brandt Snedeker, 17, 18
    Jordan Spieth, 1, 2, 3, 15, 18
    Craig Stadler, 1*
    Henrik Stenson, 3, 18
    Justin Thomas, 4, 12, 18
    Brendon Todd, 16
    Erik van Rooyen, 18
    Jimmy Walker, 4
    Matt Wallace, 15, 18
    Bubba Watson, 1, 12, 18
    Tom Watson, 1*
    Mike Weir, 1
    Lee Westwood, 14
    Bernd Wiesberger, 18
    Danny Willett, 1, 18
    Matthew Wolff, 16
    Gary Woodland, 2, 13, 16, 17, 18
    Tiger Woods, 1, 12, 16, 18
    Ian Woosnam, 1
    Fuzzy Zoeller, 17*

    Retired past champion*

    Qualification categories (*already finished qualifying)
    1: Masters champions (lifetime)*
    2: U.S. 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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