2014 Masters field: Matt Jones thrilling Houston Open win finalizes qualifiers list at 97

David Cannon

For most of the weekend, it appeared Matt Kuchar, already into the Masters through five different qualifying methods, would win in Houston and take the last opportunity to get to Augusta. But Matt Jones pulled off a ridiculous chip-in to complete a comeback and earn his first Masters invite.

The final Masters invite has been handed out, and it was earned in the most dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon in Houston. Matt Jones, who has never played at the Masters and did not have a PGA Tour win, shocked Matt Kuchar with a six-shot comeback, bombed-in birdie putt on the 18th to force a playoff, and then a chip-in on the first extra hole to take the Shell Houston Open.

It was an amazing finish for the 33-year-old Aussie, who was unrelenting in his chase of Kuchar and a last-second Masters berth. He's now the third Australian in the last four events to get a late Masters invite by winning a PGA Tour event, joining John Senden (Valspar Championship) and Steven Bowditch (Valero Texas Open). Like Bowditch, Jones has never competed at the season's first major, with just a 2009 U.S. Open and 2013 PGA Championship his only two majors appearances.

Only a win would get him into Augusta and force him to change his travel plans, something he laughed at during a pro-am at the start of the week:

For most of Sunday, and the weekend, it looked like Kuchar would roll into Augusta with his seventh career win. It didn't seem to be a matter of if he would win, but just by how much. But Jones never gave in, and pulled off the back-to-back miraculous shots on the 18th to edge Kuchar (with a little help from a water ball by Kuch on his first trip up the 18th). The shot that got him into the field at Augusta, via Adam Sarson:

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Jones becomes the 97th player in the field at Augusta, joining six other Aussies to match England with the second-most representatives behind the USA. That country's Masters curse was finally lifted by Adam Scott last year, and it has a loaded set of players returning in 2014 for a back-to-back bid. The field as a whole is on the larger side, and at the start of the year, it looked like we were headed for our first group of 100 or more since the 1960s. Jones makes it 97, which would have been 98 if not for one early withdrawal by someone named Tiger Woods.

Here's the final field for the Masters, separated by country (an asterisk denotes an amateur). I will have a longer, complete breakdown of the qualifying process and how everyone got in this year on Monday morning.

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

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