US Masters Golf Qualifiers Field and Format

US Masters Qualifying, Field and Format

US Masters golf has the smallest field of all the Majors – in the region of ninety players. Although it is an invitational golf event, the invites are automatically issued to players who meet the criteria below and to the top fifty players on the official World Golf rankings.

US Masters Golf Qualifiers

Invitation categories:

  • Past champions have a lifelong invitation to compete in any addition, although the elderly have been dissuaded of competing for too long a period.
  • US Open Golf champions, British Open Golf champions and PGA champions for the first five years.
  • Winners of the Players Championship Golf Tournament for three years.
  • The current US amateur champion and runner-up, the current US Amateur Public Links champion and the current Mid-Amateur champion, for one year.
  • The first 16 players, including ties, in the previous US Masters Golf Tournament.
  • The first 8 players, including ties in the previous year’s US Open Golf Tournament.
  • The first 4 players, including ties in the previous year’s British Open Golf Tournament.
  • The first 4 players, including ties in the previous year’s PGA Championship Golf Tournament.
  • The 30 leaders on the official PGA Tour money List for the previous calendar year.
  • The 50 leaders on the World Golf ranking published a week prior to the US Masters Golf Tournament.
  • The US Masters golf committee, at its discretion, may invite any other golfer they deem fit to compete.

US Masters Golf Format

As with all golf tournaments, the US Masters Golf Tournament is a 72-hole event held over four days. The rules are those defined by the US Golf Association. The US Masters Golf Tournament Committee separately sets specific rules and regulations that must be adhered to.
As the field is considerably smaller than most events, the selected golf players are grouped in threes for the first 36 holes. Thereafter the dreaded ‘cut’ is made. Those who make the cut are in one or both of the following categories:

  • The lowest 44 scores plus ties and/or
  • Within 10 strokes of the leader

As a matter of interest, Jack Nicklaus made the most cuts, with 37. Gary Player and Fred Couples share the record for the most consecutive cuts, with 23.