Oosthuizen earns spot in Masters field

2016-12-28 18:39
Louis Oosthuizen (Getty Images)

Cape Town - South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen was among 12 golfers to qualify for the 2017 Masters as the year-end official world golf rankings was announced on Monday.

Players from the top 50 in the world at the end of the calendar year, who had not already qualified, secured trips to Augusta.

Oosthuizen ended the year at 26th in the world golf rankings, which helped earn the 2010 Open Championship winner a spot in next year's Masters field.

Oosthuizen will be joined by Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Alex Noren (No 9), Tyrell Hatton (No 24), Rafa Cabrera Bello (No 27), Francesco Molinari (No 31), Yuta Ikeda (No 33), Chris Wood (No 39), Bernd Wiesberger (No 40), Bill Haas (No 41), Andy Sullivan (No 44), Ben An (No 45), and Thomas Pieters (No 47).

Noren, Hatton and Pieters will be making their Masters debuts.

Other South Africans already qualified for Augusta include 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman, Ernie Els and Branden Grace.

Only three South Africans have donned the famed Green Jacket - Gary Player who has won twice (1974 and 1978), Immelman in 2008 and Schwartzel in 2011.

At this year's Masters, Oosthuizen was South Africa's best-placed finisher in a tie for 15th on three-over-par 291 - eight shots behind winner Danny Willett.

The process will be repeated again when players inside the top 50 of the rankings on March 27, 2017 who still aren't qualified will also earn invites.

The 2017 Masters will take place at Augusta National Golf Club from April 8-11.

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