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PGA Tour Q-School: What fans should know about the 72-hole qualifier in Ponte Vedra Beach

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When and where is PGA Tour Q-School? 

Thursday through Sunday at the TPC Sawgrass Dye's Valley Course and the Sawgrass Country Club. The field of 168 players will compete in two rounds at each course. There is no cut. 

What's at stake at PGA Tour Q-School? 

For the first time in a decade (when the qualifying tournament was for Korn Ferry Tour status), PGA Tour cards are up for grabs. The top five, plus ties, will earn Tour status for the 2024 season. 

Other rewards: 

  • The next 40 finishers, plus ties, are exempt for the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour season. 
  • The first 25 finishers and ties in this category will be subject to the third reshuffle, assuring them starts in the first 12 events of the 2024 season. 
  • Any remaining finishers within the category will be subject to the second reshuffle, assuring them starts in the first eight events of the 2024 season. 
  • -The next 20 finishers and ties (following the top 40 finishers and fies) have exempt status for the Latin America Swing of the 2024 PGA Tour Americas season, in addition to conditional Korn Ferry Tour membership for the 2024 season. 
  • All remaining finishers outside of the aforementioned categories earn conditional Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour Americas membership for the 2024 season. 
  • The winner gets $50,000 from a total purse of $410,000. 

How can I watch PGA Tour Q-School? 

Fans can go in person to the rounds at the Valley Course by purchasing tickets for $5 at pgatourqschool/tickets.com. All proceeds go to charity.

PGA Tour Q-School tee times  

Parking is free at the TPC Sawgrass.

Rounds at the Sawgrass Country Club are closed to the public. 

Golf Channel and Peacock will have tournament coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Coverage begins from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday on Peacock and Golf Channel Digital, and 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Golf Channel. Sunday coverage begins with Peacock and Golf Channel Digital from 12:30-1:30 p.m and Golf Channel from 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

One player is among the top 100 

Keita Nakajima of Japan, who turned professional in September of 2022 after a successful amateur career, is the only player in the field inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Nakajima is 90th on this week's rankings and won the Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit this year to earn an exemption for the final stage of Q-School. He won three times on the Japan Golf Tour in 2023 and previously won the tour’s 2021 Panasonic Open as an amateur. 

Nakajima won the 2018 Australian Amateur, 2018 Asian Games, and 2021 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, in addition to spending a record 87 weeks at No. 1 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking prior to turning professional. 

Order of Merit winners in Ponte Vedra 

Four other Order of Merit winners from international tours are in the field this week: 

  • Chandler Blanchet: Totalplay Cup (PGA TOUR Latinoamérica). 
  • Jeongwoo Ham: Korean Professional Golfers’ Association. 
  • David Micheluzzi: PGA Tour of Australasia. 
  • Hayden Springer: Fortinet Cup (PGA TOUR Canada). 
  • PGA Tour University graduates are playing 

The top five players on the inaugural PGA Tour University rankings in June earn exemptions to the final stage. No. 1 Ludvig Aberg (winner of the RSM Classic) and No. 3 Andrien Dumant de Chassart top-30, Korn Ferry Tour) earned PGA Tour cards, Playing this week will be No. 2. Fred Biondi of the University of Florida, the 2023 NCAA Championship medalist, No. 4 Ross Steelman of Georgia Tech, the NCAA Championship runner-up and No. 5 Sam Bennett of Texas A&M, the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship winner. 

Youth is served by South African Aldrich Potgeiter 

The youngest player in the field is Aldrich Potgieter of South Africa, who turned 19 in September and is 3 years, 2 months, and 4 days younger than the next-youngest player in the field, 22-year-old Sudarshan Yellamaraju. The only other players in the field under the age of 23 are Biondi and Korn Ferry Tour winner Ricky Castillo (22), his former UF teammate. 

Potgieter, who was the medalist at a second-stage qualifier at Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga., won the 2022 Amateur Championship at age 17 (making him the second-youngest winner in the event’s history) and turned professional earlier this year after appearances as an amateur at the 2023 Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, and the Memorial Tournament. He finished tied for sixth at the 2023 South African PGA Championship in September. 

Who traveled the longest road to Ponte Vedra? 

Two players in the final stage field began their journey through PGA Tour Q-School at pre-qualifiers, Caleb Hicks and Wes Homan. 

Hicks tied for ninth at a pre-qualifier at Gunter, Texas, tied for 19th at a first-stage qualifier at Rockwall, Texas, and tied for 11th at a second-stage qualifier in Port St. Lucie. Homan, 39, tied for sixth at a pre-qualifier in Chardon, Ohio, tied for 10th at a first-stage qualifier at ChampionsGate near Orlando and tied for seventh at a second-stage qualifier at Port St. Lucie. 

Past PGA Tour winners in the field 

Four-time winners Sean O’Hair and Scott Piercy; two-time winners Russell Knox of Ponte Vedra Beach, Patton Kizzire of St. Simons Island, Ga., Robert Streb and Fabian Gomez and Charlie Beljan, Wesley Bryan, Kevin Chappell, Austin Cook, Brice Garnett, Cody Gribble, Sung Kang, Satoshi Kodaira, Adam Long, S.Y. Noh, Martin Trainer, Kevin Tway and Richy Werenski. 

Who are the First Coast players in the field? 

In addition to Knox, there are Raul Pereda, Dawson Armstrong, Biondi, Blanchet, Cody Blick, Dillon Board, Castillo, Brett Drewitt, Taylor Funk, Tano Goya, Doc Redman, Mathias Schwab, Julian Suri, Danny Walker and Thomas Walsh. 

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Play at the final four of 13 total first-stage sites for PGA Tour Q-School wrapped up on Friday.

Among the notables who will be playing on: Turk Pettit, who has apparently been cleared to play in PGA Tour-sanctioned events following his participation in LIV’s inaugural season last year; golf YouTuber George Bryan, the brother of PGA Tour winner Wes Bryan; and Ryan Ruffels, the former Aussie prodigy who has battled injuries in recent years.

Those advancing will compete in one of five second-stage events, which will take place either Nov. 14-17 or Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Final stage, where PGA Tour cards will be awarded to the top five players and ties, is scheduled for Dec. 14-17 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Here is a site-by-site recap of each first-stage site:

Montgomery, Texas

Walden on Lake Conroe, Oct. 24-27

Medalists: Jhared Hack and Sam Fidone (-16)

Also advancing to second stage: Will Holcomb (-15), an alum of Sam Houston State who once played a semester on a casted, broken foot that he injured on his wedding night. … Hugo Townsend (-13), a Swede who played college golf at Boise State and then Ole Miss, and who once had Brendan Quinn of The Athletic caddie for him at an U.S. Amateur. … Trey Winstead (-13), son of former LSU coach Chuck Winstead, who abruptly retired a few weeks ago for health reasons. … Turk Pettit (-10), the 2021 NCAA individual champion and former LIV player who has apparently been cleared to compete again in PGA Tour-sanctioned events. … Mark Baldwin (-9), who impressively advanced while having to carry Monday Q Info’s Ryan French, who was on the bag. … Grant Hirschman (-8), a member of Oklahoma’s 2017 NCAA Championship team. … Aman Gupta (-7), a former standout at Oklahoma State.

Failed to advance: Brett White (-2), former KFT player who seven years ago nearly died from a brain infection and recently made his first PGA Tour cut. … Kaito Onishi (WD), who earned his KFT card at final stage last year and who turned pro mid-semester out of USC three springs ago and later, in his pro debut, had to withdraw while contending in a Japan Tour event because he violated COVID-19 quarantine laws.

Abilene, Texas

Abilene CC, Oct. 24-27

Medalist: Dylan Healey (-20), who closed in 7-under 65

Also advancing to second stage: Sam Murphy (-12), a frequent practice partner of Sam Burns at their home club of Squire Creek. … Noah Goodwin (-11), the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur champ who starred at SMU but had to withdraw from final stage last year because of illness. … Brad Marek (-10), the club pro from the Bay Area who made the cut at the 2021 PGA. … Cooper Dossey (-10), the former Baylor All-American also made the cut by a shot despite a closing 75.

Failed to advance: Gavin Hall (-9), a former stud junior who played college golf at Texas. … Andy Pope (-8), a KFT (117 starts) and mini-tour veteran. … Nick Cantlay (-2), younger brother of Ryder Cupper Patrick Cantlay. … Austin Lemieux (-1), son of NHL legend Mario Lemieux.

Semmes, Alabama

Magnolia Grove (Crossing), Oct. 24-27

Medalist: James Nicholas (-23), a pre-med grad of Yale in 2019

Also advancing to second stage: Julian Perico (-21), the recent Arkansas grad who won a ton of smaller pro events back in his native Peru this past summer. … Danny Walker (-15), the Virginia product who medaled at final stage in 2018. … Brett Stegmaier (-15), a 40-year-old Florida alum who played three seasons on the PGA Tour and most notably was runner-up at the 2015 Shriners. … Spencer Ralston (-14), a former All-American at Georgia. … Jackson Wedgeworth (-14), carded five back-nine birdies to advance by a shot – can’t confirm if he did so with all wedges.

Failed to advance: S.M. Lee (-13), the only player to miss by a shot and was a former AJGA standout who signed with Dalton State, where he’d go on to win the NAIA’s Jack Nicklaus Award. … Brandon Pierce (-7), a member of LSU’s 2015 NCAA title squad. … James Leow (-7), who served his mandatory national service in Singapore and later played some key tournaments for Arizona State. … Dominic Bozzelli (-6), who has played in 96 career PGA Tour events. … Jon Mayer (+2), he couldn’t stop this bogey train as gravity was working against him.

Bermuda Run, North Carolina

Bermuda Run CC (East), Oct. 24-27

Medalist: Tom Forster (-17)

Also advancing to second stage: George Bryan (-8), a popular YouTuber who played at South Carolina and the brother of Wes Bryan. … Benjamin Shipp (-7), who played college golf at North Carolina State and was diagnosed with Tourette’s at age 15. … Cody Proveaux (-4), the 2011 Rolex AJGA Junior Player of the Year who a few seasons ago was the assistant golf coach at Middle Tennessee.

Failed to advance: Caleb Proveaux (-3), the younger brother of Cody who competed at South Carolina. … Rylee Reinertson (-2), a member of Oklahoma’s 2017 NCAA Championship team and who suffers from severe hearing loss. … Jacob Bergeron (-2), who was a former standout at LSU before turning pro early in 2018. … Derek Castillo (+1), older brother of recent Florida star and KFT player Ricky Castillo. … Derek Bard (+6), the runner-up to Bryson DeChambeau in the 2015 U.S. Amateur. … Patrick Sullivan (+9), who back in 2018 narrowly missed out on his KFT card at final stage after putting a ball into the water on his back nine.

Murrieta, California

Bear Creek GC, Oct. 17-20

Medalists: Adam Navigato and Riley Elmes (-14)

Also advancing to second stage: Andrew Yun (-13), Stanford product who made 22 starts on PGA Tour in 2017-28 and owns three career KFT runners-up. … Jared Sawada (-12), a Hawaii-Mãnoa alum who closed in 8-under 64. … Tain Lee (-9), the 2010 NCAA D-III individual champ will play off a medical next year on the KFT. … Michael Feagles (-9), former All-American from Illinois who is the nephew of former NFL punter Jeff Feagles. … Morgan DeNeen (-5), played three years of club golf in the PGM program at Coastal Carolina before being called up to varsity and then winning the Sun Belt individual title in 2018.

Failed to advance: Alex Lee (-4), played last seven holes in 6 over to miss by a shot. … RJ Manke (-4), played his college golf at Pepperdine and Washington, and his former Waves teammates Josh McCarthy (-1). … Anthony Paolucci (+9), former can’t-miss prep standout who, now 31, has played just two PGA Tour events as a pro – and none since 2017.

Lake Worth, Florida

The Falls Club, Oct. 17-20

Medalist: Jimmy Hervol (-23)

Also advancing to second stage: Shunyat Hak (-19), a former No. 1 junior who signed with Georgia Tech in 2012 as the No. 29 amateur in the world but spent just one season with the Yellow Jackets. … Dylan Meyer (-12), former All-American at Illinois. … Kristoffer Ventura (-12), played on that Oklahoma State team that won the 2018 NCAA Championship and has been a PGA Tour card holder before. … Matt Hill (-12), won the 2009 NCAA individual title while at North Carolina State to tie Tiger Woods for the most wins in a D-I season with eight. … Bo Hoag (-11), the reigning final-stage medalist made just eight of 21 cuts on the KFT this past season. … Cal Hoskins (-11), the 20-year-old turned pro this year after just one freshman start at Indiana (T-6 at Purdue Fall Invite) and he closed in 10-under 61 to advance by a shot.

Failed to advance: Albin Choi (-6), another North Carolina State star who reignited his playing career after a brief stint caddying for friend Sungjae Im a few years ago. … Rodolfo Cazaubón (-6), teammates with Carlos Ortiz at North Texas. … Jack Sparrow (-5), the Captain played his college golf at Indiana. … The real OBJ, Olin Browne Jr. (+1). … Clancy Waugh (+3), son of PGA CEO Seth Waugh.

Madison, Mississippi

Lake Caroline, Oct. 17-20

Medalist: Zander Wilson (-23), the Scottsdale resident capped his week in 10-under 60

Also advancing to second stage: Austen Truslow (-15), the former junior standout who left Virginia early and has since played on a variety of developmental tours and suffered from a multitude of injuries before qualifying for the U.S. Open this past summer. … Van Holmgren (-12), not Mike’s son but at 6-foot-8 the Florida Gulf Coast alum could play football. … Matias Dominguez (-12), who won the inaugural Latin America Amateur in 2015.

Failed to advance: Graysen Huff (-10), the Auburn alum missed by a shot after closing in double bogey-bogey. … Harry Ellis (-10), the 2017 British Amateur champion who played his college golf at Florida State. … Matt Nagy (-8), not the Chiefs offensive coordinator but rather the Kennesaw State alum who turned pro in 2012. … Garrett Barber (-5), an LSU product who won the prestigious Jones Cup a few years ago. … Michael Visacki (-4), the former viral sensation who missed by two shots at final stage two years ago and has made just eight KFT starts the past two seasons.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

UNM Championship Course, Oct. 17-20

Medalist: Matthew Walker (-14)

Also advancing to second stage: Spencer Tibbits (-11), an Oregon State alum playing as an amateur. … Corey Pereira (-8), the Washington product who qualified for this past summer’s U.S. Open while helping his girlfriend, Leah, battle cancer (she was in remission for five months before announcing two days ago that her cancer had returned). … Jared du Toit (-7), a Canadian who was Jon Rahm’s teammate at Arizona State. … Ryan Ruffels (-4), the former Aussie prodigy who for a moment looked to be on his way to a PGA Tour card during the 2020-21 KFT season but lost his KFT card after 2022 and has since battled a serious back injury. … John Oda (-3), an UNLV alum who led for portions of the KFT’s opening two Bahamas events in 2019 before finishing T-4 in each; he didn’t earn his PGA Tour card that year and lost his KFT card after the super season in 2021.

Failed to advance: James Hart du Preez (-2), the 6-foot-9 bomber from South Africa. … Charlie Saxon (-1), an Oklahoma alum who closed in 4-over 75 to miss by two. … Hunter Wolcott (+4), the former Tennessee standout and son of Bob Wolcott, who made 168 career starts on the PGA Tour.

Rockwall, Texas

Rockwall GC, Oct. 17-20

Medalist: Luke Long (-21), who played college golf at Houston and Arkansas

Also advancing to second stage: Matthis Besard (-14), the Belgian played his final year of college golf at Illinois last season. … Dawson Armstrong (-10), KFT veteran who played collegiately at Lipscomb. … George Cunningham (-7), the Arizona product who has two thirds on the KFT in 2020-21 before losing his card after the 2022 season. … Pepperdine products Joey Vrzich (-4) and Fred Wedel (-4). … Theo Humphrey (-4), a former Vanderbilt standout who lost his KFT card prior to last season.

Failed to advance: SEC alums Conrad Shindler (Texas A&M) and Matt Gilchrest (Auburn) each bogeyed the last hole to miss by a shot at 3 under. … Cameron Sisk (-2), a former All-American at Arizona State.

Maricopa, Arizona

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, Oct. 10-13

Medalists: Tanner Gore and Jonathan De Los Reyes (-17)

Also advancing to second stage: Brendon Jelley (-15), who was teammates with Viktor Hovland and Matt Wolff at Oklahoma State. … Angus Flanagan (-11), a Minnesota product who competed in the 2021 Walker Cup. … Jared Nelson (-8), UConn alum fired a closing 7-under 65 to advance. … K.K. Limbhasut (-7), Collin Morikawa’s teammate at Cal.

Failed to advance: Iowa alum Carson Schaake (-6) bogeyed each of his last two holes to miss by a shot. … Ollie Osborne (-4), the 2020 U.S. Amateur runner-up. … Andy Zhang (-4), former SEC individual champion at Florida who recently qualified for the Bermuda Championship.

Orlando, Florida

ChampionsGate GC (International), Oct. 10-13

Medalist: Michael Sweeney (-18), the 27-year-old rapper who was homeless for some time in recent years closed in 8-under 64

Also advancing to second stage: Taylor Funk (-17), son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk. … Julian Suri (-13), a 32-year-old DP World Tour winner in 2017 who notched two top-30s in majors in 2018. … Jimmy Jones (-12), South Florida alum and son of late LPGA player Dawn Coe-Jones. … Garett Reband (-12), recent All-American at Oklahoma and PGA Tour University graduate. … Braden Thornberry (-11), the 2017 NCAA individual champion out of Ole Miss who is the last remaining member of the 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team who has yet to secure a PGA Tour card. … Kyle Wilshire (-11), UCF product who in the past worked as a trash porter for an apartment complex. … Marcus Byrd (-10), four-time winner on APGA Tour this year. … Liberty products Jonathan Yaun (-10) and Mickey DeMorat (-10), the latter of whom is comedian Daniel Tosh’s nephew. … Luis Gagne (-9), LSU alum closed in 66 to advance by a shot. … Willie Mack III (-9), mini-tour legend looking to at least re-earn KFT card.

Failed to advance: Charlie Reiter (-8), long-hitting San Diego and former USC player. … Jay Card (-6), opera singer finished with a 77. … Chase Johnson (-5), Kent State alum had been playing well on APGA. … Patrick Martin (-4), former All-American at Vanderbilt.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Wilderness Ridge CC, Oct. 10-13

Medalist: Alex Scott (-14), Grand Valley State product shot 9-under 62 in second round

Also advancing to second stage: Tripp Kinney (-10), Iowa State alum closed in 76 but it didn’t matter. … Harrison Ott (-5), Vanderbilt grad who last year Monday-qualified for a Canada event with rental clubs and a borrowed Coors Light polo. … Davis Bryant (-4), a Colorado State product who was born 14 weeks premature, and his former college teammate A.J. Ott (-4).

Failed to advance: Clay Feagler (-2), member of Pepperdine’s 2021 NCAA Championship team. … Cole Hammer (-1), former Texas star missed by two shots. … Tyler Copp (-1), brother of NHL player Andrew Copp. … Gunn Yang (+1), the 2014 U.S. Amateur champion. … Ethan Marcus (WD), brother of former Golf Channel and PGA Tour employee Ari Marcus.

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Muskogee GC, Oct. 10-13

Medalist: Luis Garza (-10), Arkansas product who played sparingly for the Razorbacks and recently has competed mostly in Mexico and Latin America

Also advancing to second stage: Former Arkansas teammates Wil Gibson (-9) and Tyson Reeder (-9). … Alex Schaake , the Iowa alum who qualified for last summer’s U.S. Open via an eight-hole playoff. … Blaine Hale , member of Oklahoma’s 2017 NCAA Championship team and creator of the Burly Boys™. … Will Grimmer (-2), who shot 59 to win the 2013 North and South Junior and made the cut at the 2018 U.S. Open.

Failed to advance: Xinjun Zhang (E), who won the KFT’s regular-season points race in 2019. … Jonathan Brightwell (+3), former All-American at Oklahoma who played four years at UNC-Greensboro as well. … Thomas Lehman (+6), son of 1996 Open champ Tom Lehman. … Philip Barbaree (+10), the 2015 U.S. Junior champ who played college golf at LSU.

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2023 PGA Tour Q-School final results: Prize money payouts, leaderboard, PGA Tour cards earned

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The 2023 PGA Tour Q-School Finals final leaderboard is headed by medalist Harrison Endycott, who took top honors at TPC Sawgrass and Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Endycott finished the 72-hole event at 15-under 265, earning exempt status on the 2024 PGA Tour season. Trace Crowe finished runner-up on 11-under total, earning a PGA Tour card as part of the top five and ties. Blaine Hale Jr. was the third-place finisher.

Two players tied for fourth place, meaning exactly five players got 2024 PGA Tour cards although the top five and ties would have earned cards. Hayden Springer and Raul Pereda rounded out the card winners.

The first 25 finishers and ties after the top five and ties will be exempt on the Korn Ferry Tour for the first two reshuffles to guarantee 12 starts. Any remaining finishers within the category of that next top 40 will be subject to the second reshuffle, guaranteeing eight Korn Ferry Tour starts in 2024 to start the season.

After the next 40 and ties, a group of the next 20 and ties earn exempt status for the Latin America Swing of the 2024 PGA Tour Americas season, in addition to conditional 2024 Korn Ferry Tour membership.

Everyone who completes the event at least earns conditional Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour Americas membership for 2024.

Endycott won the $50,000 the winner's share of the $510,000 purse.

PGA Tour Q-School Finals recap notes

The PGA Tour Q-School Finals offered PGA Tour cards for the first time in a decade.

However, with reshuffles every four events, a player who Monday qualifies on the Korn Ferry Tour and does well can improve their status dramatically in short order.

There is no limit to the number of fully-exempt players possible, so long as those players all tied for first place.

2023 PGA Tour Q-School Finals final leaderboard, results and prize money payouts

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Inside the Field - PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry's Final Stage

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How it works: 2023 PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry

Beginning in 2023, PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry will award PGA TOUR cards to the top five finishers and ties, in addition to determining 2024 season eligibility for the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR Americas.

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2023 PGA TOUR Q-SCHOOL PRESENTED BY KORN FERRY

With PGA TOUR cards at stake for the first time in more than a decade, GOLF Channel and Peacock will broadcast eight hours of live weekend coverage at Final Stage of 2023 PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry, officially scheduled for December 14-17 at the Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass and Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Registration

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FIRST QUALIFYING STAGE

First Qualifying Tournament will be held at all 8 venues. The number of players who will advance to the Second Qualifying Stage from each site will be determined so that each site has the same ratio of participating players qualifying at each venue. The number of qualifiers to advance to the Second Qualifying Stage will be announced prior to the commencement of the Qualifying Tournament.

Eligibility

  • Players who participated in the First Qualifying Stage, Second Qualifying Stage of the previous year’s (2022) Qualifying Tournament.
  • Players who participated in one of the JGTO Qualifying Tournament held between 1999 and 2021.
  • Players who have forfeited their amateur status.
  • Players with a handicap of 3.0 or less that is calculated under the handicap system adopted by the Japan Golf Association or the national golf association of other countries.
  • Players who have been a member of the Japan Student Golf Association for four years and have been recommended by their university golf team. And Players who have been a member of a high school golf team in Japan for three years and have been recommended by their high school golf team.
  • Other players approved by JGTO.

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  • Date: From Tuesday, AUG 29th to Friday SEP 1st , 2023 (4days) Designated Practice day: Monday, AUG 28th, 2023 (1day) Registration: 7:00~12:00, Monday, AUG 28th, 2023 1.[A] Tomioka Club (Gunma) TEL:0274-64-3311 2.[B] Narayagyu Country Club (Nara) TEL:0742-93-0789
  • Date: From Tuesday, SEP 5th to Friday, SEP 8th, 2023 (4 days) Designated practice day: Monday, SEP 4th, 2023 (1 day) Registration: 7:00~12:00, Monday, SEP 4th, 2023 3.[B] Suginosato Country Club (Tochigi) TEL:0288-26-2111
  • Date: From Tuesday, SEP 12th to Friday, SEP 15th, 2023 (4 days) Designated practice day: Monday, SEP 11th, 2023 (1 day) Registration: 7:00~12:00, Monday, SEP 11th, 2023 4.[B] Itsuura-teien Country Club (Fukushima) TEL:0246-65-0011
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The Masters 2024: Guide to the DP World Tour members in action

A host of current DP World Tour members are teeing it up at the 2024 Masters Tournament , including four debutants while others are chasing further Major Championship honours.

Here’s our guide, including a synopsis of their form so far this year, to the 21 players with status on golf’s Global Tour who are in action at August National Golf Club. We've listed them in alphabetical order.

Ludvig Åberg

  • Birthplace: Eslov, Sweden
  • Turned Pro: 2023
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 9
  • Best Masters finish: N/A

After becoming the first player in history to compete in a Ryder Cup before ever playing a Major last September, Ludvig Åberg is making his Major Championship debut at the 88th Masters. Prior to turning professional in June 2023, the Swede was the top ranked amateur on the World Golf Amateur Rankings and made history as the first player to earn direct access to the PGA TOUR via collegiate merit, finishing first on the 2023 PGA TOUR University Ranking while at Texas Tech. He secured his first win as a professional at the Omega European Masters in September on the DP World Tour. He was also part of the winning European Ryder Cup team in Italy in October and earned his first PGA TOUR win at the RSM Classic in November. Finished runner-up in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February and eighth in his debut at The Players Championship in March, rising inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.

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Matt Fitzpatrick

  • Birthplace: Sheffield, England
  • Turned Pro: 2014
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 10
  • Best Masters finish: T7 (2016)

The Englishman, who is making his 10th Masters appearance, has finished inside the top 15 in each of the past two years at Augusta National. Like Åberg, he won two global titles in 2023, the first in Hilton Head Island on the PGA TOUR, before winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship at St Andrews in October. He too was part of the winning European Ryder Cup team in Italy. Won the U.S. Open in 2022 to claim his first Major Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, the same course where he won the 2013 U.S. Amateur. Has top-10 finishes in his last two starts worldwide, The Players Championship and most recently at the Valero Texas Open.

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Tommy Fleetwood

  • Birthplace: Southport, England
  • Turned Pro: 2010
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 13
  • Best Masters finish: T7 (2022)

Fleetwood has finished inside the top 20 in three of the past six years at Augusta National, with this being his eighth Masters appearance. In 2023, he finished runner-up in both the Canadian Open and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. He recorded top 10s in both the U.S. Open and The Open, along with the clinching point for Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup. The Englishman made a terrific start to 2024, winning the Dubai Invitational in January for his seventh win on the DP World Tour. Two top 10s have since followed on the PGA TOUR, including last week in San Antonio.

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  • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Turned Pro: 2011
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 54
  • Best Masters finish: T26 (2023)

The New Zealander made his Masters debut last year and ensured a return by maintaining his top-50 ranking at the close of last year. Enjoyed a strong finish to 2023 on the DP World Tour, winning his first Rolex Series title at the BMW PGA Championship and finishing tied second at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on his title defence in Scotland. Those performances helped him earn dual membership status with the PGA TOUR as one of the top 10 finishers not already exempt on the season-long Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex. His best result so far this year is a tie for 14th at the DP World Tour’s Dubai Invitational.

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Tyrrell Hatton

  • Birthplace: High Wycombe, England
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 19
  • Best Masters finish: T18 (2021)

The Englishman has made the cut on five of his seven visits to date at Augusta National, since his debut in 2017. Last year, he finished runner-up at both the BMW PGA Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship, prestige events on the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR respectively. He additionally made the cut in all four Majors and represented Europe in his third Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. Finished in the top 20 in his first two starts of the year on the PGA TOUR, before making the cut in Dubai on the DP World Tour. His most recent victory worldwide came at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in 2021.

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Ryo Hisatsune

  • Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
  • Turned Pro: 2020
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 87

The Japanese is making his first Masters appearance and his Major Championship debut after receiving a special invite. Enjoyed a remarkable rookie season on the DP World Tour in 2023, after securing his card at the Qualifying School. Won his first DP World Tour title at the Cazoo Open de France in September, before becoming the first Japanese player to be named the DP World Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. He was one of ten players to earn 2024 PGA Tour membership through his performances on the DP World Tour last year. Has two top 20s so far this season on the PGA TOUR, with his best result a tie for 11th at The American Express in January.

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Nicolai Højgaard

  • Birthplace: Billund, Denmark
  • Turned Pro: 2019
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 38

The Dane is another first-timer teeing it up this week. Secured his invite to feature in the first men’s Major by breaking into the top 50 of the world with his maiden Rolex Series victory at the DP World Tour Championship at the end of last season, a week after finishing runner-up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Finished second at the AT&T Pebble Beach PRO-AM in February, days after finishing in the top 10 at the DP World Tour's Hero Dubai Desert Classic, during an impressive start to his first full season on the PGA TOUR. The three-time DP World Tour winner was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team last year.

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Viktor Hovland

  • Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 6
  • Best Masters finish: T7 (2023)

Hovland earned low amateur honours in 2019 as Norway's first Masters participant and has yet to miss a cut at Augusta National in his first four appearances. Last year, he won three times on the PGA TOUR, while he recorded top-20 finishes in each of the four Majors. He also finished in a tie for second at the DP World Tour’s season-ending event in Dubai. Delivered 3.5 points from his five matches at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy. His best performance so far in 2024 came at the Genesis Invitational when he finished in a tie for 19th.

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Min Woo Lee

  • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 32
  • Best Masters finish: T14 (2022)

The Australian is making his third consecutive Masters appearing, having finished in the top 15 on his debut in 2022 after a record-tying 30 on the front nine of his final round. Registered six top 10s, including at The PLAYERS and U.S. Open, along with a victory on the Asian Tour, before getting his 2024 DP World Tour campaign off to a fast start with a title on home soil at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship. Finished in a tie for second at the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches on the PGA TOUR in March.

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Shane Lowry

  • Birthplace: Clara, Ireland
  • Turned Pro: 2009
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 36
  • Best Masters finish: T3 (2022)

Boasts an encouraging record at Augusta National, with top 25s in each of the past four years, ahead of his ninth Masters start. His best result of 2023 saw him finish in a tie for third on home ground at the Horizon Irish Open, shortly before he helped Europe regain the Ryder Cup after receiving a Captain’s Pick from Luke Donald. Finished third and then a tie for fourth in back-to-back events on the PGA TOUR in March to climb back into the world’s top 50.

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Rory McIlroy

  • Birthplace: Holywood, Northern Ireland
  • Turned Pro: 2007
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 2
  • Best Masters finish: 2 (2022)

McIlroy, who is making his 16th Masters appearance, is one win away from joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as winners of the career Grand Slam. Has top 10s in seven of the past 10 years at Augusta National, including a second place finished behind Scottie Scheffler in 2022. Successfully defended his title at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in January as he claimed his third Rolex Series title. In 2023, he won in Dubai and Scotland on the DP World Tour as he earned his fifth Harry Vardon Trophy, finished inside the top seven in three majors, and produced a career-best performance to help the European team win the Ryder Cup. Picked up his first top-10 finish of the season on the PGA TOUR at the Valero Texas Open, the week before the Masters.

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Adrian Meronk

  • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
  • Turned Pro: 2016
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 57
  • Best Masters finish: MC (2023)

Missed the cut on his Masters debut 12 months ago as he made history as Poland’s first participant in the tournament. Won twice on the DP World Tour in 2023 to become a four-time winner, and registered three further top-five finishes as he went on to be voted Seve Ballesteros Award after being voted Player of the Year by his peers. He finished runner-up at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in January.

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Joaquín Niemann

  • Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
  • Turned Pro: 2018
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 93
  • Best Masters finish: T16 (2023)

Registered his best Major performance at Augusta National 12 months ago, one of three occasions has made the cut in his first four appearances. He has top-five finishes in each of his three DP World Tour starts this season, including winning the ISPS HANDA Australian Open in a play-off last December.

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Thorbjørn Olesen

  • Birthplace: Hareskovby, Denmark
  • Turned Pro: 2008
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 72
  • Best Masters finish: T16 (2013)

Five years on from his last Masters appearance, Olesen returns to Augusta National for a fourth time after receiving a special invite. The Dane is aiming to maintain his record of making the cut on each occasion, with his best finish coming on debut in 2013 when he finished in a tie for sixth. Victory at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship in February made it three DP World Tour titles in as many seasons, after victories in England in 2022 and Thailand in 2023. The 2018 Ryder Cup winner recorded seven additional top-10 finishes last season to earn 2024 PGA Tour membership.

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Matthieu Pavon

  • Birthplace: Toulouse, France
  • Turned Pro: 2013
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 25

One of the debutants at Augusta National this week. The Frenchman has enjoyed a life-changing period in world golf, since winning his maiden DP World Tour title in October during a stellar finish to the Race to Dubai Campaign which saw him record three further top-15 finishes, including at the DP World Tour Championship where he made four consecutive birdies, to earn PGA TOUR membership for 2024. Made history as the first French winner on the PGA TOUR since 1907 with victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. Two further global top 10s have since followed, most recently in Singapore on the DP World Tour.

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  • Birthplace: Barrika, Spain
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 3
  • Best Masters finish: 1 (2023)

The defending champion is making his eighth Masters appearance, having won his second Major with a four-stroke victory over Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson 12 months ago. Prior to his triumph at Augusta National, he had won three PGA TOUR titles earlier in the year and he went on to finish in a tie for second at The Open and register top-5 finishes in both the BMW PGA Championship and DP World Tour Championship. He is a ten-time winner on the DP World Tour, including a record five on the Rolex Series.

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Justin Rose

  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Turned Pro: 1998
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 58
  • Best Masters finish: 2 (2015, 2017)

Boasts an enviable record at the Masters, with top-25 finishes in 14 of his 18 starts. Remarkably, 11 of those come in the past 13 years. Most notably, lost out in a play-off to Sergio Garcia in 2017. In 2023, he won for the 11th time on the PGA TOUR after a four-year wait with victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. His best finish on the DP World Tour last year was a tie for fourth at the Betfred British Masters hosted by Sir Nick Faldo, while he made his sixth Ryder Cup appearance in Italy. He has missed the cut in his last two starts, with his best result so far this coming at Pebble Beach with a tie for 11th in his title defence.

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  • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
  • Turned Pro: 2000
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 52
  • Best Masters finish: 1 (2013)

One of the past champions in the field, following his play-off triumph against Angel Cabrera in 2013. Now, Australia’s first Green Jacket winner is set for his 23rd Masters appearance. He has only missed the cut on two occasions, and not since 2009. Recorded top-10 finishes in his first three starts of the 2024 DP World Tour season and has since added another at the WM Phoenix Open on the PGA TOUR.

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Sepp Straka

  • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 29
  • Best Masters finish: T30 (2022)

The Austrian is making his third consecutive appearance at the Masters. He hit his stride in 2023 after finishing in a tie for seventh at the US PGA Championship, and then won his second PGA TOUR title at the John Deere Classic in early July. Later that month he produced his career-best Major performance with a tie for second at The Open, before ending the PGA TOUR campaign at the Tour Championship in a share of sixth place. Part of the European team that regained the Ryder Cup in Italy. Has two top-20 finishes so far this year on the PGA TOUR, including at The PLAYERS Championship.

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Erik van Rooyen

  • Birthplace: Bellville, South Africa
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 63

The South African is making his third Masters appearance, having missed the cut in both 2020 and 2022. Claimed his second PGA TOUR title at the World Wide Technology Championship in November, dedicating his triumph to a close friend, who died shortly afterwards due to terminal cancer. Finished in a tie for second in Palm Beach Gardens in March and also has a top 10 this season in Mexico. His one win on the DP World Tour so far came in Sweden in 2019.

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Danny Willett

  • Official World Golf Ranking: 245
  • Best Masters finish: 1 (2016)

This marks the Englishman’s 10th Masters appearance. His career highlight so far came in 2016 when he shot a final-round 67 to overturn a three-stroke deficit and become England’s first Masters champion since Sir Nick Faldo won his third Green Jacket in 1996. Among his other prestigious victories are evens both the DP World Tour Championship, BMW PGA Championship and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Struggled for form last year, and he has not played since undergoing shoulder surgery following the BMW PGA Championship in September.

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Svensson caps off stunning 12 months with inaugural DP World Tour victory 

Jesper Svensson became a winner on the DP World Tour for the first time at the Porsche Singapore Classic last month, continuing his remarkable rise up the golfing ranks which began on the Challenge Tour in 2023.

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International flavour to Final Stage of Q-School

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Players from six separate nations will take on Australians hoping to shore up their status on the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia when the Final Stage of Qualifying School begins at Moonah Links on Tuesday.

A total of 36 players advanced from two sections of First Stage played across the Open and Legends courses at Moonah Links last week and are now joined by 24 players who finished between 51st and 100th on the 2023/2024 Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.

West Australian Joseph Owen was exempt into Final Stage due to his finish on the Future Tour Order of Merit last season while Singapore’s Ryan Ang and Argentinian Segundo Oliva Pinto have been issued amateur exemptions for a total field of 66 players.

Ang ( pictured ) was 11th at the Australian Men’s Amateur Championship in January while Oliva Pinto has spent five years playing college golf in the US, firstly for the University of North Carolina Wilmington and most recently the University of Arkansas.

Justin Quiban of the Philippines already boasts top-10 finishes on the Asian Tour while Canadian amateur Dustin Franko is another recent college graduate from The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Congratulations to the 36 players advancing to the 2024-25 Final Stage Qualifying School at Moonah Links next week! Final scores: https://t.co/x31wjbjXFB pic.twitter.com/kmboLdeGm9 — PGA of Australia (@PGAofAustralia) April 5, 2024

Along with four Kiwis, American Matt Siporin completes the league of nations, the mini tour veteran in the US successfully navigating First Stage of Q School to pursue full status for the 2024/2025 season.

In addition to the international contingent, there are a host of familiar Aussie names also eager to secure playing opportunities for the coming season.

Amateurs Jordan Doull (WA), Jye Pickin (NSW), Connor McDade (VIC), Ben Henkel (VIC), Tyler Duncan (QLD), Ryan Swann (QLD), Siddharth Nadimpalli (VIC), Blaike Perkins (QLD), Harry Goakes (VIC) and Dominic Brettkelly (NZ) can all kick-start their journey into the professional ranks while others, such as Lincoln Tighe, Nathan Barbieri and Denzel Ieremia are out to enhance their category positions.

Twelve months ago, New Zealand amateur Kazuma Kobori was Q-School medallist, going on to win three times in his rookie season to claim the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.

All four rounds of Final Stage will be played at the Moonah Links Open Course with Round 1 to tee off at 8am Tuesday morning.

The top 30 finishers will earn Full Tournament Membership of the PGA of Australia and be placed in a Tournament Exemption Category.

Those players finishing beyond 30th place and ties, who complete 72 holes at Final Stage, will be eligible for Full Tournament Membership of the PGA of Australia, however, they will not hold an exemption category for the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia.

All players who play 72 holes of the Final Stage will earn a pro-am exemption category and be eligible to enter adidas PGA Pro-Am series events.

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Making Moves: Nelly Korda Continues to Shine

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Nelly Korda is getting comfortable at the top. For the fourth straight week, Korda remains at No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

At just 25 years old, Korda has already etched her name into the golf history books in more ways than one. But last week, she clinched her fourth title at the T-Mobile Match Play presented by MGM Rewards, marking a significant milestone as the first American since Kathy Whitworth in 1969 to win four of her first five starts in a season.

Her victories at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nev., the LPGA Drive On Championship in her native Bradenton, Fla., the FIR HILLS SERI PAK Championship at Palos Verdes Golf Club and the Ford Championship presented by KCC in Arizona have further solidified Korda’s dominance.

Korda first jumped into the top spot in June 2021 and has only been outside the top five in the Rolex Rankings three times since entering it in November 2019. She moved back to No. 1 after her win at the FIR HILLS SERI PAK Championship and has remained there ever since. Korda currently holds a 3.79-point lead in the rankings over No. 2 Lilia Vu, who took last week off but will be back in action and ready to defend her major title at The Chevron Championship next week in the Lone Star State. 

But Korda's success is not just limited to her LPGA Tour titles. With her recent win, she has crossed the $1 million mark in season earnings, adding to her impressive career earnings of over $10,000,000. This feat also ties her with Lorena Ochoa as the fastest to reach $1 million in single-season earnings, a testament to her recent dominance on the LPGA Tour.

Around the World

Seven countries are represented in the top 10 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, and 11 are in the top 25, once again establishing the LPGA Tour as a global sports organization.

The Americans lead the way with seven golfers in the top 25 in the Rolex Rankings, led by Nelly Korda. Korda's teammate at the 2023 Solheim Cup, Lilia Vu, is No.2, while Megan Khang is at No.13, Angel Yin is at No. 20 and Rose Zhang is at No. 21.

The Republic of Korea has the second-most players in the top 25, with four, including Jin Young Ko at No. 6, Hyo-Joo Kim at No. 9 and Amy Yang at No. 15. Because they sit within the top 15, Ko, Kim and Yang are currently eligible for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Atthaya Thitikul and Patty Tavatanakit – who helped lead Thailand to a win at the 2023 Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown – are the lone Thai representatives in the top 25. They are also currently on pace to represent their country in the Olympics this summer.

France (Celine Boutier), People's Republic of China (Ruoning Yin, Xiyu Lin), Australia (Minjee Lee, Hannah Green), England (Charley Hull), New Zealand (Lydia Ko), Canada (Brooke Henderson), Japan (Nasa Hataoka, Ayaka Furue, Miyu Yamashita) and Ireland (Leona Maguire), round out the other countries with representation in the Rolex Rankings top 25.

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Japan's Ryo Hisatsune relishing Augusta National sights, sounds as major debut nears

Ryo Hisatsune will be making his major championship debut at Augusta National. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Ryo Hisatsune will be making his major championship debut at Augusta National. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Regardless of nationality, economic status, or where you currently live in the world today, odds are when classic anthems such as Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody," Michael Jackson’s "We Are the World," or the Beatles’ "Hey Jude" comes on the radio, you’ll naturally stop and hum along with the melody.

For golfers, with every spring another familiar tune races quickly back into our lives. A gentle and subdued piano and guitar duet that can make the hairs on your neck stand stiff or even bring grown men to tears.

Those feelings are no different for Ryo Hisatsune, the Japanese PGA TOUR rookie who hails from Okayama, Japan.

“Lily!” Hisatsune calls out to his girlfriend, “Why aren’t we playing the Augusta music?” as he hums to himself the ever-familiar “Da da daa, da da daa,” while team Hisatsune drives down Magnolia Lane for the first time.

They are headed to the sacred grounds of Augusta National Golf Club for the first of two practice rounds, just two short weeks before the start of this year’s Masters Tournament.

“My life right now is not at all what I had imagined it would be,” said the 21-year-old Hisatsune while reflecting back on the past six months of his whirlwind golf career and his upcoming Masters debut.

“Over the last six months and really the last year, I feel like my golf game has improved dramatically and that’s really thanks to my time on DP World Tour.”

In September 2023, the young Japanese star won his maiden DP World Tour title at the Cazoo Open de France where he became the first Japanese winner on Continental Europe in 40 years as a rookie on tour and would go on to make history becoming the first player from Japan to win the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.

Ryo Hisatsune of Japan celebrates winning the Cazoo Open de France at Le Golf National in 2023. (Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Ryo Hisatsune of Japan celebrates winning the Cazoo Open de France at Le Golf National in 2023. (Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Hisatsune hopes to follow in fellow countryman and senpai (mentor) Hideki Matsuyama’s footsteps to become the second Japanese to win the hallowed event.

“I feel like my game-making has really improved the most," Hisatsune says. "Every part of your game needs to be at the highest level to stay competitive (on PGA TOUR) so I’ve really tried to utilize the weapons that I have in my own arsenal while continuing to play my own style of golf, which I think has had the biggest impact for me to stay competitive thus far.”

Augusta National will surely challenge all facets of his game as Hisatsune will make his major championship debut after receiving a special exemption from Augusta National Golf Club earlier this year.

“It’s hard to express in words, but when I think of the Masters, it’s a tournament I remember watching as a kid, picking up the game, and then later deciding to make a career in golf," he reflects. "It has always been the tournament I wanted to play in the most. I remember scenes of Tiger chipping in on 16, Mickelson hitting out of the trees on 13 and of course seeing Mr. Matsuyama win really left an impact on me.”

And when Ryo was finally able to set foot on those sacred grounds, once again he was at a loss for words:

“There’s really no way to describe it. It didn’t even feel like real life. It was like I was in a dream. From driving down Magnolia Lane to getting onto the course it was like I was in a different world. Elation, maybe? I couldn’t hold back my excitement. There really are no words to describe it.”

However, once Hisatsune got settled down and onto the course, reality quickly set back in on what kinds of punches this 18-hole foe would be throwing at him over four grueling rounds of golf during tournament week.

“The course is very tough," he said. "Much more narrow than what I had imagined from seeing it on TV. The target lines feel really constricted and I was thinking to myself, how am I even going to be able to break par, but I also left feeling very excited for the challenge.

“I was also surprised about the up-and-down of the course. I had heard from other players about all the undulations, but they were twice as big as I had ever imagined. Even after just two days of practicing, I was quite tired by the time we left.”

Hisatsune however, after seeking as John and Paul so eloquently put it, "a little help from his friends," in particular, fellow DP World Tour comrade Robert MacIntyre along with a handful of other DP players and his local Augusta caddie from his practice round, was able to glean some invaluable first-hand knowledge on how to manage the course, though he wasn’t about to give away any of those trade secrets.

“Some of the guys that have played there told me there really isn’t anything to compare it to and that you need to get on-site and just experience it for yourself," Hisatsune said jokingly. "Robert (MacIntyre) was also kind enough to offer me a few other tips, but I’m keeping those to myself,”

Since Fuzzy Zoeller’s Masters debut win in 1979, no other player since has won the tournament on debut, and when asked about his thoughts on going into the week seeking a win, Hisatsune -- who earned his 2024 PGA TOUR card by finishing 17th on the DP World Tour’s final Race to Dubai Rankings -- was nothing but positive.

“I’m of course prepping for the tournament with the intention to win," he said. "But it’s also my first major so I plan to go there and just play my own golf and enjoy myself. The week will be over in a flash so I just want to go in and enjoy my time there and take in as much as I can.”

And while Ryo has every intention of enjoying the week, with his father and other loved ones whom he hasn’t seen since leaving for America in January set to attend, it will be all business for team Hisatsune who has traveled across the states the last three months on the PGA TOUR as a trio that includes himself, caddie Taiga Tabuchi and girlfriend Rirua Furukawa.

“We’ll likely spend the week apart from each other,” he said, speaking on his family and friends who will be onsite for the week. “The only times I will see them will probably just be when we naturally run into each other on the course. But my plan for now is to treat this like any other week and prepare as if nothing is different than any other tournament.

“I’m nervous, but also very excited ... Regardless of the results, I’ll give it my best shot. I don't have anything to fear, but rather, it's up to me to challenge myself, and having made it into this field, I just want to have fun, enjoy the week, and do my best.”

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