Saturday, April 1, 2017

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 Masters

The 2017 Masters golf major tournament on the PGA Tour is taking place this week from April 6-9, 2017, at the Augusta National Golf Club located in Augusta, Georgia. Here is a list of the playing field of top PGA golfers for the 2017 Masters.

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 Masters

The Masters is such a huge major tournament that every top ranked golfer in the world will be in the playing field and competing this week with the possible exception of Jason Day. Jason Day's mom has been diagnosed with cancer and Jason is waiting to see how she's doing before he decides if he will play in the 2017 Masters or not.

While all the top ranked golfers in the world are in the playing field not every eligible golfer will be playing in the 2017 Masters. Most notable, Tiger Woods will not be playing in the 2017 Masters due to back problems. Tiger Woods reportedly tried to practice at Augusta National for the Masters but his last practice sessions lasted just five minutes.

Tiger Woods is eligible to play in the Masters because he is a previous winner and all winners of the Masters are eligible to play in the tournament for life. However, as they age past winners of the Masters tend to play the major less and less until they just stop playing in the tournament altogether.

In addition to Tiger Woods, previous winners of the Masters who will not be playing in this year's edition are Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Tommy Aaron, Jack Burke, Jr., Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Ray Floyd, Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Craig Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller.

Past winners of the Masters who are not highly ranked in the world golf rankings but will be playing this year are Angel Cabrera, Fred Couples, Trevor Immelman, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark O'Meara, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir and Ian Woosnam.

Past winners of the Masters who are highly ranked in the playing field for 2017 are Danny Willett, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson. 

Top 10 ranked golfers trying to win the Masters for the first time in 2017 are Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day (maybe), Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Alex Noren. 

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