2014 Masters field: Augusta National could have largest qualifying list in years

David Cannon

The entry list for the season's first major is already pretty full, and it could end up being the largest in decades.

It's more than two months away, but the 2014 Masters field is already jammed and could be one of the largest fields in recent Augusta National history. The field is currently at 92, just one shy of last year's Thursday first round field, and there are still two months of qualifying opportunities.

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The green jackets, as they do with pretty much everything, treat qualifying a little differently than the other three majors. The Masters field is the smallest, most exclusive major championship field and rarely goes over 100 players. In contrast, the final three majors of the year are typically over 150 players, with groups of three going off split tees and playing from sun-up to sun down. Augusta has the luxury of sending its smaller field off one tee throughout the day, and the schedule is rarely altered significantly by inclement weather.

Augusta National has increased the ways to qualify in recent years, and the field hit 99 players just three years ago -- the largest since 103 teed it up in 1963, according to the Augusta Chronicle. Kevin Stadler became the latest to join the field with his win on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale. Stadler's victory also ensures we'll have the first ever father-son duo playing in the Masters, with his dad, Craig, the Walrus, continuing to cash in that lifetime invite he holds for winning the green jacket in 1982.

So why the big number so early? Well, some of it is just random occurrence, an unusual amount of shuffling inside the top 50 before the end of the year. But also the PGA Tour making their fall series in the new wraparound schedule worth full FedExCup points opened up some new spots. To their credit, Augusta has also led the efforts to create some new amateur championships across the world that have added or will add new spots (e..g Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, the recently announced Latin America Amateur).

But could we get over 100 players? There are still two big ways to qualify: a) by jumping into the top 50 in the World Rankings the week prior to the Masters or b) by winning one of the nine full FedExCup points PGA Tour events between now and the Masters. If we get a lot of first-time winners in those tourneys, or a few guys outside the top 50 get hot, we'll easily be pushing 100 come April, and that's probably something the traditional Augusta folks would rather avoid.

Here's a more detailed breakout of how a player qualifies from last year and here's the current list of players (sorted by country, since it's Olympics time!) who have qualified already for the 2014 Masters. We'll update this as the tournament draws closer and more names are added (amateurs marked with an asterisk).

Argentina Sweden
Cabrera, Angel Blixt, Jonas
Australia Hanson, Peter
Day, Jason Stenson, Henrik
* Goss, Oliver Thailand
Leishman, Marc Jaidee, Thongchai
Scott, Adam United States
Canada Bradley, Keegan
DeLaet, Graham Castro, Roberto
Weir, Mike Cink, Stewart
Denmark Couples, Fred
Bjørn, Thomas Crenshaw, Ben
Olesen, Thorbjørn Dufner, Jason
England Duke, Ken
Donald, Luke English, Harris
* Fitzpatrick, Matthew Ernst, Derek
Lynn, David Fowler, Rickie
* Porteous, Garrick Furyk, Jim
Poulter, Ian Glover, Lucas
Rose, Justin Haas, Bill
Westwood, Lee Horschel, Billy
Fiji Huh, John
Singh, Vijay Johnson, Dustin
France Johnson, Zach
Dubuisson, Victor Kirk, Chris
Germany Kuchar, Matt
Kaymer, Martin Mahan, Hunter
Langer, Bernhard * McCoy, Michael
Italy Mickelson, Phil
Manassero, Matteo Mize, Larry
Molinari, Francesco Moore, Ryan
Japan * Niebrugge, Jordan
Matsuyama, Hideki O'Meara, Mark
Korea Points, D.A.
Bae, Sang-Moon Reed, Patrick
Choi, K.J. Simpson, Webb
* Lee, Chang-woo Snedeker, Brandt
Yang, Y.E. Spieth, Jordan
Netherlands Stadler, Craig
Luiten, Joost Stadler, Kevin
Northern Ireland Stallings, Scott
Clarke, Darren Streelman, Kevin
McDowell, Graeme Stricker, Steve
McIlroy, Rory Walker, Jimmy
Scotland Watney, Nick
Lyle, Sandy Watson, Bubba
South Africa Watson, Tom
Clark, Tim Weekley, Boo
Els, Ernie Woodland, Gary
Grace, Branden Woods, Tiger
Immelman, Trevor Wales
Oosthuizen, Louis Donaldson, Jamie
Schwartzel, Charl Woosnam, Ian
Spain Zimbabwe
Fernandez-Castano, Gonzalo de Jonge, Brendon
Garcia, Sergio
Jimenez, Miguel Angel
Olazabal, Jose Maria

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