Time, she's a cruel one, marching onward and taking with her all those lovely gifts we used to take for granted ... like exemptions into the Masters.
As Golfweek notes, with the end of the 2011 season we now know which players met the top-50 requirement to earn their way into the Masters, and which players fell short in their bid. Among the notable names who didn't make it into the top 50: Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Anthony Kim.
Among the names who got in under the wire: Jim Furyk, who ended up ranked No. 50 in the world, falling from No. 5 at the start of the season. Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Alvaro Quiros and other notable new names are also in the field.
On the outs are Ryo Ishikawa, Ben Crane, Matteo Manassero and Camilo Villegas. They can get in by winning a tournament between now and the end of March, or by getting into the top 50 just before the Masters.
At the moment, the Masters has 91 players in the field, though former champions could alter that. Augusta National tries to keep the field below 100, which won't allow for many more. Going to be a nervous few months for some players, won't it?
Masters field for 2012 already over 90 [Golfweek]