Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes Among Players Added To 2022 Masters Field

Mackenzie Hughes


Mackenzie Hughes is going to the Masters.

Hughes, of Hamilton, Ont., was among 10 players added to the top 50 from the final official world ranking of the year set on Sunday for the Masters in April.

The list also included Matthew Wolff and Ryan Palmer, who are exclusive members of the PGA TOUR.

The final ranking, along with other criteria, puts the field at 83 players.

Hughes, 31, was ranked 11th in FedEx Cup standings with almost $1.4 million in earnings in 2021. His best result was the RSM Classic, where he finished alone in second after firing an opening-round 63 at the course where he posted his lone PGA TOUR win, in 2016.

In his only other appearance at the Masters, in 2017, Hughes fired 79-80 and missed the cut.

The list also includes Tiger Woods, who is recovering from severe injuries to his right leg from a Feb. 23 car crash. He has not determined whether he will be able to walk and compete at Augusta National on April 8-11.

Woods played the PNC Championship with his 12-year-old son, though he was riding a cart and has said he remains a long way off before he can play at the tour level.

Augusta National prefers to keep the field for the Masters at under 100 players, a target it has met every year dating to 1966 and would appear to be on pace to continue.

Players still can qualify by winning a PGA TOUR event that offers full FedEx Cup points, or by getting into the top 50 in the world on March 27, a full week before the tournament. There also is a spot reserved for the Latin American Amateur Championship.

Finishing at No. 50 in the world at the end of the year was Takumi Kanaya of Japan, whose 67 in the final round of the last Japan Golf Tour event moved him up to third place.

Kanaya will be one of three Asia-Pacific Amateur champions from Japan in the field, joining current champion and world No. 1 amateur Keita Najakima and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

The other six players to get in through the world ranking were Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Min Woo Lee.