The top 50 in the year’s final world rankings was established on Sunday, with Min Woo Lee among them to ensure he is one of five Australians to win an invitation to the Masters in April.
Lee, who won the Scottish Open in July, placed 49th to join Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Lucas Herbert and Adam Scott as Australians on the pitch for the first major of 2022.
Lee, 23, who missed the cut in his first major at the 2021 Open Championship, has qualified for all four majors next year and will play the Masters for the first time – a feat he previously stated would be a “dream comes true”.
The year-end ranking added a total of 10 players for the Masters and along with other qualifying criteria put the field at 83.
Tiger Woods, who is recovering from serious injuries to his right leg from a car crash on February 23, has not determined whether he will be able to walk and compete at Augusta National from April 8 to 11.
Woods played the PNC Championship this week with his 12-year-old son, although he drove a cart and said he was still a long way off before he could play at the circuit level.
Augusta National prefers to keep the field for the Masters under 100, a goal he has achieved every year since 1966 and looks set to continue.
Players can still qualify by winning a PGA Tour event that offers full FedEx Cup points, or by entering the world’s top 50 on March 27, a full week before the tournament.
There is also a place reserved for next month’s Latin American Amateur Championship.
Japan’s Takumi Kanaya finished 50th in the world at the end of the year – one of Japan’s three Asian-Pacific amateur champions on the field, joining current champion and World No.1 amateur Keita Najakima and the defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.
Other players to enter the updated world rankings were Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.