Boo Weekley has been so busy building a house that he hasn't bothered to check the mail. He might want to watch for a white envelope with a return address of Augusta, Ga., in the next few weeks.
With the final world ranking published yesterday, Masters invitations will be in the mail soon.
"I've got to have that to get in?" Weekley asked.
He was pleased to hear the invitation was a mere formality, not to mention a souvenir like no other.
Weekley is among 14 golfers who will play in their first Masters, and the invitation traditionally comes during the final two weeks of the year, a sweet reminder of what the new season holds.
The Masters takes the top 50 from the world ranking at the end of 2007, and because there are no golf tournaments the rest of the year, 11 players not previously eligible were added to the field yesterday.
Leading the way was Henrik Stenson at No. 16, followed by 10 others from abroad: Trevor Immelman, Lee Westwood, Toru Taniguchi, Nick O'Hern, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Shingo Katayama, Robert Karlsson, Richard Sterne, Soren Hansen and Anders Hansen.
There surely will be complaints about some of the international players getting in, especially Anders Hansen.
He took up PGA Tour membership this year, and in 17 starts, he made only 10 cuts and did not record a top 10. Still, he finished the year at No. 50 from his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, where he beat the likes of Angel Cabrera and Justin Rose, and two other top fives on the European Tour.
Rod Pampling, an Australian who plays primarily on the PGA Tour, needed no worse than fifth in the Australian Open last week to get into the top 50, but he tied for seventh and slipped one spot to No. 52.
Not to worry - yet.
Augusta National will take the top 50 from the world ranking published March 31, a week or so before the Masters. That gives extra time for players such as Pampling, Colin Montgomerie (No. 57) and Davis Love III (No. 67). The Masters also will take winners from every PGA Tour event, except the two in Mexico and Puerto Rico held opposite World Golf Championships.
With 82 players already qualified (and expected to compete), the field likely will be 90 to 95, just the size the Masters likes.