Matt Kuchar has come close several times in the Masters but needs to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday to have another chance.

Matt Kuchar has come close several times in the Masters but needs to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday to have another chance.

Chances are someone will win Sunday’s Valero Texas Open to redeem the last available ticket to next week’s Masters tournament.

Led by Patrick Rodgers at 12-under par 204, 20 of the top 23 players entering Sunday’s finals at TPC San Antonio were not eligible for a Masters invitation earlier in the week. The only seat left for Augusta National next week is for the Texas Open winner – unless otherwise eligible.

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Rodgers, who has a three-shot lead, has never played at the Masters. His closest exposure to eligibility came two years ago when he lost a playoff to Charles Howell III at the RSM Classic at Sea Island.

Those players are 5-under or better, which means the group has to post an exceptional round at the end of that subgroup and hope Rodgers has an epic meltdown.

Only three players in the top-23 are already in the Masters field: Corey Conners (runner-up in 11-under), Chris Kirk (in fourth-place in 8-under), and veteran Hideki Matsuyama (in 12-under).th at 6-under).

In addition to Rodgers, other players seeking a win and a trip to Augusta include Matt Kuchar (3rd in 9-under), Jacksonville Beach’s Sam Ryder (tie 6th in 7-under), PGA Tour Champions member Padraig Harrington (tie for sixth), Harry Higgs (tied sixth) and Michael Thompson of St. Simons Island, Georgia, (tied 18th).th at 5-under).

Kuchar, 44, could run out of chances. The 2012 Players champion finished in the top five three times at Augusta and led in 2014 with three holes to go, before Bubba Watson won.

One of the players who seems too far behind is Rickie Fowler, who is tied 43approx at 2-under and 10 strokes behind Rodgers.

Here are the players who have a reasonable chance of winning to advance to the Masters, starting with Rodgers, who advances to the finals:

  • Patrick Rodgers 12-under

  • Matt Kuchar 9-under

  • Sam Stevens 8-under

  • Byeong Hun An 7-under

  • Sam Ryder 7-under

  • Padraig Harrington 7-under

  • Lee Hodges 7-under

  • Augusto Nunez 7-under

  • Harry Higgs 7-under

  • Dylan Wu 6-under

  • Andrew Putnam 6-under

  • SH Kim 6-under

  • Nick Taylor 6-under

  • Nicholas Echavarria 6-under

  • Andrew Novak 5-under

  • Kevin Chappel 5-under

  • Alex Noren 5-under

  • Nicolai Hojgaard 5-under

  • Michael Thompson 5-under

  • Taylor Montgomery 5-under

This article originally appeared in the Florida Times-Union: Patrick Rodgers, Matt Kuchar Guide Players Who Need to Win for a Masters Spot


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