2014 Masters field could climb to over 100 for first time in almost 50 years

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2014 Masters field could climb to over 100 for first time in almost 50 years

For the first time in almost 50 years, this year's Masters tournament may have more than 100 entrants. With the current qualifications rules, and the new wrap-around schedule, we already have more than 90 qualified and we're still in January. Not since 1966 when 103 golfers competed have the pairings at Augusta topped 100.

There are 18 ways to qualify for the Masters right now and 14 golfers were added to the 2014 field at the end of December based on rule 17 ("The 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year").

Because of the Tour's new wrap-around schedule, fall event winners Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, and Chris Kirk were awarded spots not previously available.

More golfers can still qualify, by winning a PGA Tour tournament between now and then or getting inside the top 50 in the world by March 30.

Here's a look at how the currently qualified players made the field:

Former winners of The Masters — Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark O’Meara, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson

Winners of the last five U.S. Opens — Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover

Winners of the last five British Opens — Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

Winners of the last five PGA Championships — Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang

Winners of the last three Players Championships — Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi

Winner and runner-up from the last U.S. Amateur Championship — Matthew Fitzpatrick, Oliver Goss

Winner of the last British Amateur Championship — Garrick Porteous

Winner of the last Asian Amateur Championship — Lee Chang-woo

Winner of the last U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship — Jordan Niebrugge

Winner of the last U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship — Michael McCoy

The top 16 finishers (including ties) from last year’s Masters tournament — Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Brandt Snedeker, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Tim Clark, John Huh, Dustin Johnson, David Toms, Nick Watney

The top 8 finishers (including ties), from last year’s U.S. Open — Billy Horschel, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker

The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year’s British Open — Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter

The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year’s PGA Championship — Jim Furyk, Jonas Blixt

The top 30 finishers on last year’s PGA Tour money list – Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas, Kevin Streelman, Graham DeLaet, Boo Weekley, D.A. Points, Harris English, Roberto Castro, Jimmy Walker

PGA Tour event winners since 2013 Masters — Russell Henley, Brian Gay, John Merrick, Michael Thompson, Martin Laird, Derek Ernst, Sang-moon Bae, Ken Duke, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, Chris Kirk

All players who qualified for last year’s Tour Championship — Brendon de Jonge

The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the previous year — Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manasssero, David Lynn, Peter Hanson, Joost Luiten, Branden Grace, Thongchai Jaidee