MARANA, ARIZ. (AP) - In the Feb. 26 Golf Notes fixture, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Americans have won the last 11 official PGA Tour events. They have won 10 in a row since Jonas Blixt of Sweden took the Frys.com Open title last October.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Why Masters might invite PGA Tour winners in fall
With changes to the PGA Tour season, a decision looms for Augusta National
By DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) _ Russell Henley said he couldn’t feel his arms or legs on the back nine of the Sony Open. He was trying to win his first PGA Tour event, and Georgia was on his mind.
“I was trying not to think about Augusta out there,” Henley said after his win, which earned him a spot in the Masters.
Scott Piercy won the Canadian Open last summer and talked about a promise he made to himself to not go to Augusta National unless he was in the Masters field. Ted Potter Jr. said it was a career goal to play in Masters after he qualified by winning The Greenbrier Classic.
These stories likely are to weigh heavily on Augusta National chairman Billy Payne when he decides whether PGA Tour winners in the fall will be invited to the Masters. Payne could announce changes to the criteria during his Wednesday news conference at the Masters.
Augusta National returned to its practice of inviting PGA Tour winners the year after the FedEx Cup began in 2007. But there was a caveat. The club invited winners only of tour events that offered full FedEx Cup points. The opposite-field events, and the Fall Series held after the FedEx Cup ended, didn’t count.
The PGA Tour, however, is going to a wraparound season after this year. That means the six tournaments in the fall will be included in the 2013-14 FedEx Cup season.
The question for Augusta National is whether the winners of those six events will earn a trip down Magnolia Lane.
The club and tour have been talking about it the last several months, and one person involved described the discussions as positive.
The Masters has the smallest field of the majors and wants to keep it that way to enhance the experience of those playing. It has not had more than 100 competitors since 1966, though it has come close it recent years, with 99 in the 2011 tournament.