The 2022 Masters will see 91 players go head-to-head at Augusta National Golf Club, all hoping to slip on the coveted Green Jacket and be declared the winner of the year’s first men’s Major.
Hideki Matsuyama will look to defend the title, having become the first male Japanese golfer to win a Major and the first Asian-born player to win the Masters in 2021. Matsuyama (-10, 278) beat Will Zalatoris by a single shot as more than half of his country tuned in to watch on television.
Rory McIlroy returns to Augusta looking to complete the Career Grand Slam, while Tiger Woods is rumoured to be making his comeback from serious injury.
Woods, who played a practice round on the course at the end of March, won the first of his five Masters titles 25 years ago, with his most recent victory coming in 2019. Woods’ last PGA Tour appearance before back surgery and his car crash came at the 2020 Masters. As of April 2nd, he was still officially listed among players in the field.
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As well as five amateur golfers, viewers can look forward to seeing several legends of the game in action, with past champions Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Larry Mize, Jose Maria Olazabal, and Vijay Singh all in the field. 1991 champion and former World No.1 Ian Woosnam will be missing having decided to stop playing in the event at the age of 64.
Let’s take a closer look at how you get a spot in the field, who will be teeing it up, and which big names will be missing.
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How do players qualify for The Masters?
Previous winners of the Green Jacket are given a lifetime invitation back to Augusta National, with the winners of the other three men’s majors receiving a five-year exemption. The winner of The Players receives a three-year exemption.
Those who finished inside the top-12 and ties during the previous year’s tournament are invited back, along with those who finish in a share of fourth or better at the PGA Championship, US Open, and The Open.
PGA Tour event winners from April 2021 onwards and the 30 players who reached the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship all receive the coveted invite, along with the world’s top 50 at the end of 2021. Players inside the world’s top 50 on Monday, March 28th (who hadn’t already qualified) also earned a spot.
Six spots are available via amateur competitions. The US Amateur finalists, and winners of The Amateur Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Latin America Amateur Championship and the US Mid-Amateur Championship, will all tee it up at Augusta as long as they don’t turn pro beforehand.
The only ways left to qualify for the 2022 Masters are with a victory at this week’s Valero Texas Open or by receiving a special invitation from The Masters.
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Who is in the field for the 2022 Masters?
91 players have currently qualified for the year’s first men’s Major. We’ve listed them in alphabetical order, with their nationalities identified in parentheses and amateurs denoted with an asterisk.
Abraham Ancer (Mexico)
Daniel Berger (USA)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (South Africa)
Sam Burns (USA)
Patrick Cantlay (USA)
Paul Casey (USA)
Cameron Champ (USA)
Stewart Cink (USA)
Corey Conners (Canada)
Fred Couples (USA)
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Cam Davis (Australia)
Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
Tony Finau (USA)
Matt Fitzpatrick (England)
Tommy Fleetwood (England)
Sergio Garcia (Spain)
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Lucas Glover (USA)
Talor Gooch (USA)
Austin Greaser* (USA)
Stewart Hagestad* (USA)
Brian Harman (USA)
Padraig Harrington (Ireland)
Tyrrell Hatton (England)
Lucas Herbert (Australia)
Garrick Higgo (South Africa)
Harry Higgs (USA)
Tom Hoge (USA)
Max Homa (USA)
Billy Horschel (USA)
Viktor Hovland (Norway)
Mackenzie Hughes (Canada)
Sungjae Im (South Korea)
Aaron Jarvis* (Cayman Islands)
Dustin Johnson (USA)
Zach Johnson (USA)
Takumi Kanaya (Japan)
Si Woo Kim (South Korea)
Kevin Kisner (USA)
Brooks Koepka (USA)
Jason Kokrak (USA)
Bernhard Langer (German)
K.H. Lee (South Korea)
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Min Woo Lee (Australia)
Marc Leishman* (Australia)
Shane Lowry* (Ireland)
Luke List (USA)
Sandy Lyle (Scotland)
Robert MacIntyre (Scotland)
Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
Guido Migliozzi (Italy)
Larry Mize (USA)
Francesco Molinari (Italy)
Collin Morikawa (USA)
Kevin Na (USA)
Keita Nakajima* (Japan)
Joaquin Niemann (Chile)
Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain)
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Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
Ryan Palmer (USA)
Thomas Pieters (Belgium)
James Piot* (USA)
Seamus Power (Ireland)
Jon Rahm (Spain)
Patrick Reed (USA) – Read Patrick’s in-depth course guide, here
Justin Rose (England)
Xander Schauffele (USA)
Scottie Scheffler (USA)
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
Adam Scott (Australia)
Laird Shepherd* (England)
Webb Simpson (USA)
Vijay Singh (Fiji)
Cameron Smith (Australia)
J.J. Spaun (USA)
Jordan Spieth (USA)
Sepp Straka (Austria)
Hudson Swafford (USA)
Justin Thomas (USA)
Erik van Rooyen (South Africa)
Harold Varner III (USA)
Bubba Watson (USA)
Mike Weir (Canada)
Lee Westwood (England)
Danny Willett (England)
Matthew Wolff (USA)
Gary Woodland (USA)
Tiger Woods (USA)
Cameron Young (USA)
Will Zalatoris (USA)
There are a host of past champions who are entitled to play but won’t be teeing it up in 2022. They are: Tommy Aaron, Jack Burke Jr., Angel Cabrera, Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Sir Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Bob Goalby, Trevor Immelman, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Mark O’Meara, Gary Player, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam, and Fuzzy Zoeller.
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Are any big names going to be missing at The Masters?
Yes! Former World No.1s and Major champions Jason Day and Martin Kaymer are not heading to Augusta, along with fans’ favourite and 2018 runner-up Rickie Fowler and former US PGA Champion and Ryder Cup player Keegan Bradley.
Three-time champion Phil Mickelson will also miss the event for the first time in 28 years as he continues his sabattical, while Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson and Team Europe stalwart Ian Poulter failed to earn a spot.
Ryder Cup player and four-time PGA Tour winner Harris English will miss the event as he continues to recover from hip surgery.
Matt Kuchar will be absent for the first time since 2009, with Alex Noren, Victor Perez and Matt Wallace also failing to make it.
What will The Masters field be playing for in 2022?
The Masters has one of the year’s biggest purses, with a total of $11.5m up for grabs. As well as the legendary Green Jacket, the winner also receives a cheque for $2.07m.
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Who is the favourite to win The Masters?
Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, new World No.1 Scottie Scheffler, and the in-form Cameron Smith are all 16/1, with four-time Major champ Brooks Koepka at 18/1 and Viktor Hovland, who’s enjoyed a superb start to the season, alongside Patrick Cantlay at 20/1.
THE MASTERS: Who will win the Green Jacket in 2022?
Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele is 22/1s, with big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau, who was favourite to win in 2021, defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, and 2021 runner-up Will Zalatoris all at 33/1.
If, as expected, Tiger Woods does make his return, you can get 50/1 on the five-time champion adding a sixth title.
England’s best hope, in the bookies’ eyes at least, is 50/1 shot Matt Fitzpatrick, with Tyrell Hatton at 60/1, Paul Casey at 66/1, Tommy Fleetwood at 70/1, 2017 runner-up Justin Rose at 80/1, and Lee Westwood at 125/1. British Amateur Champion Laird Shepherd makes his debut at Augusta, and is 5000/1 to win.
Scotland’s Bob McIntyre, making just his second Augusta appearance, is 125/1, while Irish rookie Seamus Power is 100/1. Fellow countrymen Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington are 50/1 and 250/1 respectively to add to their Major titles.
Amateur Aaron Jarvis, winner of the Latin American Amateur Championship, and 1988 winner Sandy Lyle are the longest shots to slip on the Green Jacket at 2,500/1 and 4000/1 respectively.
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Rob Jerram is the Digital Editor of todaysgolfer.co.uk
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