Fowler, Matsuyama, Molinari among 14 to get Masters invite

Reuters| Updated: Dec 21, 2013, 00:37 AM IST

American Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Italy`s Francesco Molinari are among 14 players who have been invited to compete at the U.S. Masters in April.

Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Matteo Manassero, David Lynn, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Hanson, Victor Dubuisson, Joost Luiten and Branden Grace are the other 11 invitees, the European Tour said on its website ( on Friday.

The 14 earned their places in the first major championship of the year at Augusta as a result of their positions in the final world rankings list of the season published on Monday.

Ninety golfers have already secured a spot at the Masters, raising the prospect of more than 100 players competing in the event for the first time in almost half a century.

A total of 103 players took part in 1966.

Players not already qualified can still book a ticket for the Masters by winning one of the early-season U.S. PGA Tour events, apart from the Puerto Rico Open, or by being in the top 50 of the world rankings at the end of March.