Monday, March 23, 2015


Matt Jones' third-place finish at Bay Hill improved the Australian's  chances of qualifying for the Masters (April 9 to 12).
The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking earn Masters invitations if they are not yet in the field, and Jones jumped from 78th to 62nd in the latest world rankings.
Jones, who won last year's Shell Houston Open to qualify for the 2014 Masters, will be hoping for some more Texas magic again this year. He'll start by playing in this week's Valero Texas Open, as will Harris English, who is currently without a Masters invite but is ranked No. 53.
Not playing in San Antonio is England's Paul Casey, who missed the cut at Bay Hill  to drop to 49th. Casey is not in the Masters field as of now.
Other players just outside the top 50 who are still trying to earn a trip to Augusta National:

Marc Warren (52)
Alexander Levy (54)
Andy Sullivan (61)
Francesco Molinari (63)
Tommy Fleetwood (66)
Graham DeLaet (67)
 Marcel Siem (68)
 George Coetzee (69)
 Daniel Berger (70)

Molinari, DeLaet and Berger will play this week at TPC San Antonio. Levy, Sullivan, Fleetwood and Siem will tee it up in the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Other world rankings news includes API runner-up Henrik Stenson passing Bubba Watson for the world's No. 2 ranking. The Bay Hill winner, Matt Every, jumped from 96th to 40th, earning his Masters invite in the process.3, 2015
Rory McIlroy is settled into his 73rd week as No. 1 in the world rankings

Marc Warren: Masters invitation would

 crown great start to 2015

Marc Warren is excited about the prospect of a first invite to the Masters but says recent steady form pleases him more.
The Scot, currently ranked 52nd, must be in the world's top 50 by the end of this week's Valero Texas Open to make Augusta on April 9
"From the middle of last year I've been as consistent as I've ever been," Warren told BBC Scotland.
"I just want to go and perform well in Texas and feature on the leaderboard."
World number 38 Stephen Gallacher, 1988 winner Sandy Lyle and top amateur Bradley Neil are Scottish golfers already on Masters invitation list this year.
"There's a letter which looks pretty cool - I've seen Paul Lawrie's and Stephen Gallacher's before. It would be nice, at one stage, to get some of those and get them framed up."
Warren has three European Tour titles to his name, the most recent of which came at the Made In Denmark tournament last August.
At the end of 2014, the 33-year-old was placed at 69th in the world and strong finishes at the Qatar Open (2nd), Malaysian Open (9th) and WGC Cadillac Championship (17th) have nudged him up the rankings.
Finishing in the top 20 in San Antonio might well be enough to make the Masters, but the Scot feels it would "not do him any good" to try and work out the permutations.
"Once you get close to the top 50 it can play on your mind a little bit," said Warren.
"But it's been a big positive for me that it hasn't been on my mind. I've just kept doing what I'm doing.
"Fortunately the people at the Valero Texas Open have given me an invite for this week, which gives me a great opportunity to get into the Masters.
"But this event in Texas is a massive event in its own right, so to be brutally honest, my focus is all on that at the minute. The Masters is always going to be there next year, so if I get in or not, it's not the be all and end all at such an early stage of the season."



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