Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announced today that the 2013 Masters Tournament field currently totals 85 players, this coming after Thaworn Wiratchant, of Thailand, and Ryo Ishikawa, of Japan, recently accepted invitations to compete in this year’s Tournament. To date, invitees will represent 21 countries and include 16 first-time participants and six amateurs.
“Through our established qualifications, and invitations to select international players not otherwise qualified, we historically bring together a collection of the world’s top players, and this year is no different.” Payne said. “The Masters has long established a tradition of supporting the global game, and we were excited to extend invitations to Thaworn Wiratchant and Ryo Ishikawa, who we hope will provide added interest and enthusiasm for golf in Asia through their participation in the Tournament.”
Wiratchant, who won the 2012 Asian Tour Order of Merit, will be making his first Masters appearance when he competes at Augusta National in April. He holds the Asian Tour record for most career victories, having won for the 15th time at the Hero India Open last October, a co-sanctioned European PGA Tour event.
This will mark Ishikawa’s fifth consecutive start at the Masters, with his best finish coming in 2011 when he tied for 20th. In his final five starts of 2012, he closed out the season on the Japan Golf Tour by collecting his 10th career win and recording three additional top-10 finishes.
Two opportunities still remain for others to qualify for an invitation to the 2013 Masters:
- Win a PGA Tour event that awards a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship prior to the 2013 Tournament.
- Finish in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the Masters.
The official Web site of the Tournament, Masters.com, is updated weekly with any additions to the list of 2013 invitees. You can view the entire list of invitees by clicking here.
The 2013 Tournament will mark the 77th playing of the Masters and is scheduled for April 8 - 14.