How do you qualify for a Masters invitation, to play at Augusta National?
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How do you qualify for a Masters invitation, to play at Augusta National?


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Qualifying for an invitation to play in the Masters isn't easy. A golfer has to be one of the best on the planet to qualify, and, even then, the event is technically an invitational so the Augusta National Golf Club must formally extend an invitation to compete. Of course, no one turns down a Masters invitation.

However, to qualify for a chance to play in the Masters, a golfer must meet one of 18 criteria to get an invitation.

Masters qualifying categories

  1. Former winners of The Masters
  2. Winners of the last five U.S. Opens
  3. Winners of the last five British Opens
  4. Winners of the last five PGA Championships
  5. Winners of the last three Players Championships
  6. Winner and runner-up from the last U.S. Amateur Championship
  7. Winner of the last British Amateur Championship
  8. Winner of the last Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
  9. Winner of the last Latin America Amateur Championship
  10. Winner of the last U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
  11. The top 12 finishers (including ties) from last year's Masters tournament
  12. The top 4 finishers (including ties), from last year's U.S. Open
  13. The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year's British Open
  14. The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year's PGA Championship
  15. Full PGA Tour event winners since the last Masters
  16. All players who qualified for the prior year's Tour Championship
  17. The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the prior year
  18. The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking published the week before the Masters

The categories themselves have changed over the years, and they're always subject to review from one year to the next. However, typically speaking, former Masters winners, major winners of the last five years, PGA Tour winners and top-50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking can expect an invitation in the mail from Augusta National Golf Club to make at trip down Magnolia Lane in April.



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