Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ernie Els a 2018 Masters honorary invitee, but he has to qualify to play at Augusta National

by  Kyle Porter   


 The Big Easy has probably played his last round at Augusta National. He has not received a special invitation to play in the 2018 Masters as suggested by a story on the rounds a few dates ago.
There was some general confusion surrounding this story. Els tweeted on Christmas Eve that he got "a great Xmas present" from The Masters, which led most to believe he had received a special invite to play the 2018 Masters.
On Tuesday, he clarified that he simply received an honoree invitee (although he could feasibly still qualify before next April).

"The inclusion of Honorary Invitees has been a great tradition at the Masters Tournament for many years," Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley told the AP. "This coming year the list includes Ernie Els, and we are once again excited to welcome him and all of these distinguished guests to Augusta National in April."

This essentially means Els will be a special guest of the club for that week should he not qualify. It does not, however, mean he will compete in the 2018 Masters via special exemption as previously believed.



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