Masters Invites for Thaworn Wiratchant and Ryo Ishikawa
By Jake O'Reilly
11 January 2013 16:37
Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, has announced that Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant and Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa of Japan have accepted invitations to compete in this year’s Tournament, bringing the current field up to 85.
The field will include 21 different nationalities, 16 Masters debutants and six amateurs.
“Through our established qualifications, and invitations to select international players not otherwise qualified, we historically bring together a collection of the world’s top players, and this year is no different.” Payne said.
“The Masters has long established a tradition of supporting the global game, and we were excited to extend invitations to Thaworn Wiratchant and Ryo Ishikawa, who we hope will provide added interest and enthusiasm for golf in Asia through their participation in the Tournament.”
Wiratchant, who won the 2012 Asian Tour Order of Merit, will be making his first Masters appearance when he competes at Augusta National in April. He holds the Asian Tour record for most career victories, having won for the 15th time at the Hero India Open last October.
In contrast, Ishikawa will be making his fifth consecutive start at the Masters, with his best finish coming in 2011 when he tied for 20th.
Two opportunities still remain for others to qualify for an invitation to the 2013 Masters by winning a PGA Tour event that awards a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship prior to the 2013 Tournament or by finishing in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings published during the week prior to The Masters.
2013 Masters Invitees
K. J. Choi
John Huh Trevor Immelman
Jose Maria Olazabal
Ted Potter Jr.
Bo Van Pelt
T. J. Vogel