It’s like that every year. I remember the year Tom Kite did not qualify, for some reason; he was at the time the leading career money winner in all of golf. And how many years did Jumbo Ozaki get invited, only to blow up on the weekend?
The rap against the Masters has always been a weak field. That’s partly its heritage; it’s an invitational. And it’s partly the strange selection criteria used to create the field.
I’d like to see Camilo Villegas there, on the basis that the latest, newest hot player ought to get a shot. By other criteria (the top ten money winners), he just missed by a whisker.
Long time before you came on board at TAS (December, 02), I wrote a column you’d like on the Masters, here.