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The best Christmas card one could receive?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
Categories: PGA TourTiger Woods

Just in time for Christmas, Masters invitations have been sent out. 99 invitations to be exact. I’ll be running to my mailbox every day now.

How do players qualify for the 2006 Masters? The 70th Masters field is determined by many different factors. See below:

1. Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)
2. US Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
3. British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
4. PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
5. Winners of The Players Championship (3 years)
6. Current US Amateur Champion (6-A) (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year) and the runner-up (6-B) to the current US Amateur Champion
7. Current British Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year)
8. Current US Amateur Public Links Champion
9. Current US Mid-Amateur Champion for 2005
10. The first 16 players, including ties, in the 2005 Masters Tournament
11. The first 8 players, including ties, in the 2005 US Open Championship
12. The first 4 players, including ties, in the 2005 British Open Championship
13. The first 4 players, including ties, in the 2005 PGA Championship
14. The 40 leaders on the Final Official PGA Tour Money List for 2005
15. The 10 leaders on the Official PGA Tour Money List published during the week prior to the 2006 Masters Tournament.
16. The 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for 2005.
17. The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the 2006 Masters Tournament

Current 2006 Masters field and how they qualified based on the list above:

Tommy Aaron (1)
Robert Allenby (Australia)(16)
Stuart Appleby (Australia)(14,16)
Severiano Ballesteros (Spain)(1)
Rich Beem (4)
Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)(13,16)
# Jason Bohn (14)
Gay Brewer Jr. (1)
Olin Browne (14)
# Bart Bryant (14,16)
Jack Burke Jr. (1)
Angel Cabrera (Argentina)(16)
Mark Calcavecchia (14)
Chad Campbell (14,16)
Michael Campbell (New Zealand)(2,16)
Billy Casper (1)
K. J. Choi (Korea)(14,16)
Stewart Cink (16)
Tim Clark (South Africa)(11,14,16)
Darren Clarke (N. Ireland)(16)
Charles Coody (1)
Fred Couples (1,12,14,16)
# Ben Crane (14,16)
Ben Crenshaw (1)
Ben Curtis (3)
John Daly (16)
Chris DiMarco (10,14,16)
Luke Donald (England)(10,14,16)
#* Dillon Dougherty (6-B)
David Duval (3)
Steve Elkington (Australia)(13)
Ernie Els (South Africa)(3,16)
Nick Faldo (England)(1)
Raymond Floyd (1)
Doug Ford (1)
Fred Funk (5,14,16)
Jim Furyk (2,14,16)
Sergio Garcia (Spain)(11,14,16)
# Lucas Glover (14)
Bob Goalby (1)
Retief Goosen (South Africa)(2,10,14,16)
Todd Hamilton (3)
Padraig Harrington (Ireland)(14,16)
Mark Hensby (Australia)(10,11,16)
Tim Herron (10,14,16)
Charles Howell III (14)
David Howell (England)(10,16)
Trevor Immelman (South Africa)(10)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain)(16)
Brandt Jobe (14,16)
Zach Johnson (14)
Shingo Katayama (Japan)(16)
Bernhard Langer (Germany)(1)
Tom Lehman (10,16)
Justin Leonard (10,14,16)
Thomas Levet (France)(10)
Peter Lonard (Australia)(14,16)
Davis Love III (11,13,14,16)
Sandy Lyle (Scotland)(1)
#* Kevin Marsh (9)
Shigeki Maruyama (Japan)(14,16)
Billy Mayfair (14)
#* Brian McElhinney (Ireland)(7)
Paul McGinley (Ireland)(16)
Rocco Mediate (11)
Shaun Micheel (4)
Phil Mickelson (1,4,10,14,16)
Larry Mize (1)
#* Edoardo Molinari (Italy)(6-A)
Colin Montgomerie (Scotland)(12,16)
Ryan Moore (10)
Byron Nelson (1)
Jack Nicklaus (1)
#* Clay Ogden (8)
Joe Ogilvie (14)
# Geoff Ogilvy (Australia)(14,16)
# Sean O’Hair (14,16)
Nick O’Hern (Australia)(16)
Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain)(1,12,16)
Mark O’Meara (1)
Arnold Palmer (1)
Rod Pampling (Australia)(10,16)
Kenny Perry (14,16)
# Carl Pettersson (Sweden)(14)
Gary Player (South Africa)(1)
Ted Purdy (14)
Adam Scott (Australia)(5,14,16)
Vijay Singh (Fiji)(1,4,10,11,14,16)
Craig Stadler (1)
# Henrik Stenson (Sweden)(16)
# Vaughn Taylor (14)
David Toms (4,14,16)
Scott Verplank (14,16)
Tom Watson (1)
Mike Weir (Canada)(1,10,16)
Lee Westwood (England)(16)
Tiger Woods (1,2,3,11,13,14,16)
Ian Woosnam (Wales)(1)
Fuzzy Zoeller (1)

# Denotes first Masters
* Denotes Amateur

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