|▲ Im Seong-jae received an invitation from the Masters to be held in April next year, and participated in the competition for two consecutive years. Kim Si-woo, who played in this year’s game, could not get the right to participate because the qualification deadline expired. AFP=Yonhap News|
If you are a world-class golfer, there is a special gift that awaits around Christmas every year. It is an invitation to Masters that will be held four months later.
Again this year, an invitation to the Masters, held in April next year, was sent.
All 84 players received the right to qualify for the Masters.
Twenty past champions with lifetime qualifications were invited as a top priority.
Invitations have also been given to 9 winners of major competitions in the last 5 years, 2 Players Championship winners in the last 3 years, US Amateur Championship winners and runner-ups, and British Amateur Championship winners.
Christmas gifts were also given to six people who won a joint 12th place at the Masters this year.
Seven winners of the US Open and PGA Championships tied for fourth place and 12 winners of the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour since April also received Masters qualifications.
Ten people qualified within the 50th place in the world rankings at the end of the year and obtained the right to participate in the Masters next year.
Unfortunately, Lim Seong-jae (22) is the only Korean player.
Lim Seong-jae received the right to participate in the competition as a joint 12th prize winner. Lim Seong-jae took second place in this year’s Masters held last month.
Kim Si-woo (25), who participated as a winner of the Players Championship until this year, was not eligible for this invitation because the three-year deadline has expired and other qualifications have not been obtained.
There are two ways to qualify for Masters in the future.
You can join the Masters by winning 13 PGA Tour tournaments held just before the Masters or by entering within 50th place in the world rankings of March 30 next year.
Meanwhile, Lim Seong-jae was named in the 30 players who are expected to play next year by PGA Tour.
PGA Tour official website PGA Tour.com selected and introduced 30 players who are expected to participate in the Tour Championship next year on this day (Korean time).
Tour championships can only compete up to the 30th place in the FedEx rankings this season. Unlike the world rankings, where performance is reflected for several years, participating in the Tour Championship, which is determined solely by the performance of the season, is an absolute criterion for measuring a player’s current ability.
Lim Seong-jae, who participated in the tour championship for two years in a row from a rookie year to this year, will continue to compete in the tour championship next year, PGA Tour.com predicted.
Ranked 18th by PGA Tour.com. It is explained that the ranking does not mean much, but it seems that the probability of participating in the tour championship was reflected to some extent.
PGA Tour.com said, “Im Seong-jae, Iron Man, who has already played eight tournaments this season, has already gained considerable cash. In the Masters, he ranked second.”
In the 2020-2021 season, Lim Seong-jae passed seven cuts in eight competitions and earned over $1.3 million in prize money. yunhap news
Gyeongsang Ilbo, KSILBO
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