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It was a dramatic Sunday on the northwestern shore of Maui where Jon Rahm came from seven strokes back at the start of the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions to win by two. Rahm was aided in large part by Collin Morikawa, who started the day with a six-stroke lead over the field, only to squander it with a closing, 1-under 72, good for solo second.

While the Spaniard’s eighth career PGA TOUR victory extends his perfect record of having at least one win in every season since his inaugural of 2016-17, none of what transpired at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course affected what happens on this page. Both superstars already are exempt into both THE PLAYERS Championship and the Masters this year. Each also will be among the entrants in the other three majors when their qualifying criteria is official over time.

That allows for the focus of this update to land squarely on a pair of special invitations into the Masters – Kazuki Higa and Gordon Sargent. On Thursday, Jan. 5, Augusta National Golf Club announced that the duo was extended exemptions to compete in the first major of 2023.

Higa, 27, is fresh off a dominant year on the Japan Golf Tour during which he scattered four wins and comfortably finished atop the money list. In his only previous appearance in any major, he missed the cut at The Open Championship at St. Andrews in 2022.

The 19-year-old Sargent is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, but he’s arguably best known as the 2022 NCAA individual champion. He’s never appeared in a major or a PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament.

NOTE: Golfers are omitted if they recently haven’t competed in majors for which they are eligible (e.g., The Open Championship=Justin Leonard).

TPC = THE PLAYERS Championship
MAS = Masters
PGA = PGA Championship
US = U.S. Open
OPEN = The Open Championship

Recent Additions
TPC — none
MAS — Kazuki Higa; Gordon Sargent
PGA — none
US — none
OPEN — none

Abraham AncerMAS
Haydn BarronOPEN
Sam BennettMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
Daniel BergerTPC
Christiaan BezuidenhoutTPC, OPEN
Dan BradburyOPEN
Keegan BradleyMAS, TPC
Ryan BrehmTPC
Hayden BuckleyTPC
Sam BurnsMAS, TPC
Alejandro CañizaresOPEN
Patrick CantlayMAS, TPC
Ben CarrMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
Cameron ChampMAS
Stewart CinkTPC
Wyndham ClarkTPC
Corey ConnersMAS, TPC
Fred CouplesMAS
Harrison CroweMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
Joel DahmenTPC
Cam DavisTPC
Jason DayTPC
Bryson DeChambeauMAS
Tyler DuncanTPC
Tony FinauMAS, TPC
Zack FischerOPEN
Matt FitzpatrickMAS, TPC
Tommy FleetwoodMAS, TPC
Rickie FowlerTPC
Ryan FoxMAS
Dylan FrittelliTPC
Sergio GarciaMAS
Doug GhimTPC
Lucas GloverTPC
Talor GoochMAS
Lanto GriffinTPC
Emiliano GrilloTPC
Chesson HadleyTPC
Adam HadwinTPC
James HahnTPC
Nick HardyTPC
Brian HarmanMAS, TPC
Tyrrell HattonMAS, TPC
Russell HenleyMAS, TPC
Lucas HerbertTPC
Kramer HickokTPC
Kazuki HigaMAS
Lee HodgesTPC
Tom HogeMAS, TPC
Max HomaMAS, TPC
Billy HorschelMAS, TPC
Beau HosslerTPC
Viktor HovlandMAS, TPC
Mark HubbardTPC
Mackenzie HughesMAS, TPC
John HuhTPC
Sungjae ImMAS, TPC
Stephen JaegerTPC
Dustin JohnsonMAS
Zach JohnsonMAS
Jerry KellyTPC
Si Woo KimTPC
Chris KirkTPC
Kevin KisnerMAS, TPC
Kurt KitayamaMAS, TPC
Patton KizzireTPC
Russell KnoxTPC
Brooks KoepkaMAS
Jason KokrakMAS
Kelly KraftTPC
Matt KucharTPC
Martin LairdTPC
Bernhard LangerMAS
Nate LashleyTPC
Danny LeeTPC
Min Woo LeeOPEN
David LipskyTPC
Luke ListTPC
Adam LongTPC
Justin LowerTPC
Shane LowryMAS, TPC
Sandy LyleMAS
Peter MalnatiTPC
Hideki MatsuyamaMAS, TPC
Denny McCarthyTPC
Matthew McCleanMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
Max McGreevyTPC
Rory McIlroyMAS, TPC
Maverick McNealyTPC
Adrian MeronkMAS
Troy MerrittTPC
Phil MickelsonMAS
Keith MitchellTPC
Larry MizeMAS
Francesco MolinariMAS, TPC
Taylor MooreTPC
Collin MorikawaMAS, TPC
Trey MullinaxTPC
Sebastián MuñozTPC
Kevin NaMAS
Matthew NeSmithTPC
Joaquin NiemannMAS
Alex NorenMAS, TPC
José Maria OlazábalMAS
Louis OosthuizenMAS
Ryan PalmerTPC
Taylor PendrithTPC
Mito PereiraMAS, TPC
Scott PiercyTPC
Thomas PietersMAS
J.T. PostonMAS, TPC
Aldrich PotgieterMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
Seamus PowerMAS, TPC
Andrew PutnamTPC
Jon RahmMAS, TPC
Aaron RaiTPC
Chad RameyTPC
Chez ReavieTPC
Doc RedmanTPC
Patrick ReedMAS
Davis RileyTPC
Patrick RodgersTPC
Justin RoseTPC
Sam RyderTPC
Gordon SargentMAS
Xander SchauffeleMAS, TPC
Scottie SchefflerMAS, TPC
Adam SchenkTPC
Matthias SchwabTPC
Charl SchwartzelMAS
Adam ScottMAS, TPC
Greyson SiggTPC
Webb SimpsonTPC
Vijay SinghMAS
Alex SmalleyTPC
Cameron SmithMAS
Austin SmothermanTPC
J.J. SpaunTPC
Jordan SpiethMAS, TPC
Scott StallingsMAS, TPC
Brendan SteeleTPC
Sepp StrakaMAS, TPC
Robert StrebTPC
Kevin StreelmanTPC
Justin SuhTPC
Adam SvenssonMAS, TPC
Callum TarrenTPC
Nick TaylorTPC
Sahith TheegalaMAS, TPC
Justin ThomasMAS, TPC
Michael ThompsonTPC
Brendon ToddTPC
Kevin TwayTPC
Sami VälimäkiOPEN
Harold Varner IIIMAS
Jhonattan VegasTPC
Matt WallaceTPC
Bubba WatsonMAS
Nick WatneyTPC
Mike WeirMAS
Vince WhaleyTPC
Danny WillettMAS, TPC
Aaron WiseMAS, TPC
Gary WoodlandMAS, TPC
Tiger WoodsMAS, TPC
Brandon WuTPC
Cameron YoungMAS, TPC
Will ZalatorisMAS, TPC


Criteria are listed in chronological order where possible. Best estimates are given but all are subject to change.

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP (TPC) @ TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) – March 9-12
• Winners of PGA TOUR events thru the final week before THE PLAYERS.
• Top 10 in the FedExCup at the conclusion of The Honda Classic (Feb. 26).
• Top 50 of Official World Golf Ranking (Feb. 27).
• If necessary to complete the field of 144, golfers outside the Top 10 in the FedExCup at the conclusion of the Honda Classic on Feb. 26 will gain entry in order of position.

MASTERS (MAS) @ Augusta National Golf Club – April 6-9    
• Winners of PGA TOUR events that award full FedExCup points allocation for the TOUR Championship.
• Winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship, if still an amateur (Jan. 15).
• Top 50 of Official World Golf Ranking (April 2).
• Special invitations to international players per Masters Tournament Committee as its discretion.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (PGA) @ Oak Hill Country Club – May 18-21

U.S. OPEN (US) @ The Los Angeles Country Club (North) – June 15-18

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN) @ Royal Liverpool – July 20-23
• TBD (planned to be released in February)