Shane Lowry and Justin Harding both certified for the Master’s thanks to their positions within the trendy Official World Golf Ranking, bringing the field length for subsequent week’s match in Augusta, Ga., to 86. Lowry and Harding have been the best gamers within the pinnacle 50 this week which failed to begin the 12 months within the top 50 and had been now not in any other case except for the season’s first important. Lowry started the year at No. 75 but is presently 49th thank you in significant part to his win in Abu Dhabi in January, at the same time as Harding has moved from eighty-fifth to forty-eighth after triumphing last month in Qatar. This could be Harding’s Master’s debut, at the same time as Lowry performed 3 immediately years from 2015-17. Barely missing out at the top-50 cutoff inside the latest rankings had been Jim Furyk (52nd), Byeong-Hun An (54th), and Andrew Putnam (55th). The 87th and very last Masters invite will visit the winner of this week’s Valero Texas Open, provided he isn’t otherwise exempt.
Fresh off his WGC win in Austin, Kevin Kisner jumped 25 spots to No. 25 inside the globe while Dell runner-up Matt Kuchar went from twenty-fourth to sixteenth. Lucas Bjerregaard jumped from 52nd to 43rd way to his fourth region, while Punta Cana winner Graeme McDowell went from 257th to 133rd.
There had been two adjustments, many of the top 10, with Rory McIlroy overtaking Brooks Koepka at No. Three and Rickie Fowler going from tenth to eighth despite skipping last week’s WGC event. Dustin Johnson stays international No. 1, observed with Justin Rose, McIlroy, Koepka, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Francesco Molinari, Fowler, Jon Rahm, and Xander Schauffele. After dropping to Bjerregaard within the quarterfinals, Tiger Woods moved up two spots to No. 12.