2020 Masters field set, with winners from golf's restarted 2020 season earning invite to 2021 tournament
The 2020 Masters will not be played until November. However, the list of tournament invitees has been set.
First reported by the Golf Channel's Will Gray, a spokesperson for Augusta National Golf Club confirmed to Golf Digest Tuesday that "the field has been finalized for the intended 2020 Masters." Ninety-six players have been invited to play in the tournament, up from 87 players in 2019.
Historically, one of the final ways to qualify for the Masters was via the Official World Golf Ranking top 50, with the cutoff coming two weeks before the tournament. Given this year's postponement, the 2020 Masters will invite those in the current OWGR top 50, which have been frozen since March 17. Four players have qualified solely because of their position in the frozen rankings: Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Graeme McDowell.
However, players who win a PGA Tour event in the summer and fall of the restarted season will not earn an invitation to the 2020 tournament. The restrictions also apply to other Masters qualification avenues—such as finishing in the top four at the U.S. Open or PGA Championship, or reaching the Tour Championship. Instead, those players will earn a bid to golf's most exclusive major in 2021.