What's Buzzing:

Masters field almost full, Texas Open last chance to get in via world ranking

PGA.com
Masters field almost full, Texas Open last chance to get in via world ranking
.

View photo

Chesson Hadley, No. 56 in the world, can earn a Masters berth this week, even without winning.(Getty …

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - This week's Valero Texas Open is the last chance for players to crack the top 50 in the world ranking and earn a spot in the Masters.

The drama is lacking this year.

Richard Sterne is No. 53 and George Coetzee is No. 55 - except they're not in the field at San Antonio. The only players at the Texas Open who can move into the top 50 are Chesson Hadley (No. 56) and Ryan Palmer (No. 62). Everyone else who could make it to the top 50 would have to win - and that's an automatic invitation, anyway.

Without any movement, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland (who won Dubai) is the only player who will have moved into the top 50 since the end of last year.

Augusta National began relying on the world ranking in 2000, only it was slightly different. The top 50 at the end of the preceding year received invitations, along with the top 50 a month before the Masters. Starting in 2003, the final cutoff was moved to one week before the Masters.

The club has never said why it takes the top 50 at the end of a calendar year. Perhaps it's so players can make travel arrangements, or perhaps it was to give an advantage to overseas players, who compete deep into the year. PGA Tour members have more avenues to qualify throughout the season.

But imagine what would happen if there was only one cutoff for the top 50 in the world, and it followed the Florida Swing.

Matteo Manassero (51), Branden Grace (57), David Lynn (65) and Peter Hanson (70) all were in the top 50 in December. They would have spent the Florida Swing trying to stay in the top 50 or move back in. That change might be something for Augusta National to consider if it feels the field is getting too close to 100 players.

As it is, the Masters virtually is assured of having fewer than 100 players for the 48th straight year. But just barely.

View Comments (2)
  • Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday's MLB games

    White Sox 6, Mets 4 Tyler Saladino reached base in all four plate appearances and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning as Chicago snapped a seven-game losing streak. The White Sox came back from a 4-0 deficit to win for just the … More »

    Reuters - 4 minutes 47 seconds ago
  • Dizzy sends Boof reeling over Australia coaching link

    Dizzy sends Boof reeling over Australia coaching link

    Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has made it clear that he is not interested in replacing Craig McDermott as bowling coach of the Australia test side. The 41-year-old, known universally as "Dizzy", was mentioned as a target to join the … More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • In-law of Mexico striker Pulido nabbed for alleged role in his kidnapping

    In-law of Mexico striker Pulido nabbed for alleged role in his kidnapping

    The cousin-in-law of Alan Pulido has been detained for his role in allegedly masterminding the kidnapping of the Mexican soccer player, authorities in northern Mexico said on Tuesday. Pulido, a Mexico national team striker, was kidnapped after … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • Kazmir, Dodgers bullpen outduel Arrieta, blank Cubs 5-0

    Kazmir, Dodgers bullpen outduel Arrieta, blank Cubs 5-0

    Scott Kazmir and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, matching zeros with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta before the Los Angeles Dodgers got to Chicago's bullpen for a 5-0 victory Tuesday night. Arrieta went seven scoreless innings, but was denied his … More »

    AP - Sports - 10 minutes ago
  • Carpenter has 4 more hits to lead Cards over Brewers 10-3

    Carpenter has 4 more hits to lead Cards over Brewers 10-3

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Matt Carpenter tied his season high with four hits for the second straight game, scored four times and drove in two runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 10-3 on Tuesday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 minutes ago