Branden Grace [above] finished T-34 overnight at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, shooting one-under 287 for the week at Leopard Creek Golf Club, but it was as good as a victory for the 30-year-old South African. The finish, 13 strokes behind winner David Lipsky in the last European Tour event of 2018, will likely be enough to keep him in 48th spot in the world ranking when the year’s final list comes out in two weeks.
And with that he’ll be playing in the Masters in April.
All players in the top 50 in the year’s final ranking earn invitations to compete at Augusta National Golf Club. Grace is one of 13 golfers in the projected top 50 who hasn’t already qualified for the first Major of 2019.
Here’s a look at the projected final ranking of the year:
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And here’s a list of the others that are projected to qualify who weren’t in the field already:
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No.51 on the projected final ranking is Aaron Wise, who already is going to Augusta by virtue of his AT&T Byron Nelson win in May. Of those between Nos.51 and 60, seven must now find another way to earn a spot into the Masters.
52 Ben An
53. Shugo Imahira
54. Brian Harman
56. Abraham Ancer
57. Luke List
59. Alexander Bjork
60. Daniel Berger
Between January and April, winners of any US PGA Tour event awarding full FedEx Cup points will earn a spot. Also players inside the top 50 in the world ranking a week before the Masters will be added to the field.
To those still on the outside looking in, best of luck gentlemen. You’ve got your work cut out for you.