Originally created 01/19/00

International field tops Masters record



A record 34 international players are among the 99 invitees to the 2000 Masters, scheduled for April 6-9 at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Previously, the most international players in the tournament were 29, in 1998 and 1999.

The Augusta National released the field on Tuesday. However, it had not changed since Jan. 1 when nine players were added to the field for finishing in the top 50 in the Official World Ranking at the end of 1999.

At 99 players, the field is the largest since 103 were invited in 1966.

Seven players on the current list are former Masters champions who normally choose not to participate, meaning the number of scheduled participants stands at 92. Ninety-six golfers teed off in the 1999 Masters.

With four more ways to get in the tournament, the invitation list is expected to be more than 100 by the time of the tournament. Here are the remaining ways golfers can qualify:

By winning The Players Championship.

By being among the top three on the PGA Tour's money list the fourth week prior to the 2000 Masters.By being among the top 50 on the World Golf Ranking the fourth week prior to the 2000 Masters.

By being one of the Masters Tournament Committee's international invitees. There has already been one international invitee -- Australia's 18-year-old amateur Aaron Baddeley.

There will be 14 first-time participants in the tournament. They are: Baddeley, Notah Begay III, Angel Cabrera, Brent Geiberger, David Gossett, Hunter Haas, Padraig Harrington, Skip Kendall, Sung Yoon Kim, Paul Lawrie, Dennis Paulson, Graeme Storm, Jean Van de Velde and Mike Weir.

Six of those players are amateurs, headed by Baddeley, the current Australian Open champion. The other amateurs are U.S. Amateur champion David Gossett, U.S. Amateur runner-up Sung Yoon Kim, British Amateur champion Graeme Storm, U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Hunter Haas and U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Danny Green.