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12 European Tour Members get Masters Invites
After a superb end to the season, Victor Dubuisson has been rewarded with a place in The Masters Tournament at Augusta National for the first time as 12 European Tour Members secured an invite to the year’s first Major Championship following the final official World Golf Ranking of the season was published.
Dubuisson played some spectacular golf at the tail end of the 2013 season, which included his first title at the Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and a third-place finish in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, for a sixth place finish in the Race to Dubai.
Dubuisson has only qualified for one Major in his career so far; the 2010 Open Championship that he played in as an amateur, but will now make his debut as a professional in April.
Dubuisson joins fellow European Tour Members Thomas Björn, Jamie Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Francesco Molinari, Matteo Manassero, David Lynn, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Hanson, Joost Luiten and Branden Grace as well as Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and American Rickie Fowler as the 14 players who secured their invites.
The field for The Masters already sits at 90 players, raising the possibility of more than 100 players participating for the first time in nearly 50 years - 103 took part in 1966, which has been deemed too many.
Any of the players who are not already qualified can do so by winning one of the early season PGA Tour events, excluding the Puerto Rico Open, or by being in the top 50 at the end of March, a week before the event takes place.