Dozen players secure berths in 2011 Masters as final rankings are issued

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Sean O'Hair ended 2011 ranked No. 43 in the world, good enough for a trip to Augusta National in April.
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Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010 | 4:47 p.m.

A total of 12 players nailed down spots in the 2011 Masters on Sunday by finishing the year in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Sean O'Hair of the United States; Japanese players Ryo Ishikawa, Yuta Ikeda and Hiroyuki Fujita; Kim Kyung-tae of South Korea, who topped the money list on the Japan Tour; South African Charl Schwartzel; England's Ross Fisher, Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari; Spaniard Alvaro Quiros; and Sweden’s Peter Hanson and Robert Karlsson all earned their places at Augusta National.

Because there are no official events scheduled for the next two weeks, the final ranking lists for 2010 were issued Sunday night.

Ernie Els' South African Open victory on Sunday didn’t change his 12th position in the rankings, but runner-up Retief Goosen moved up three spots to 16th.

Lee Westwood, who deposed Tiger Woods as world No. 1 at the end of October, will enter the new year still solidly in the top spot. Woods remains second, followed by No. 3 Martin Kaymer, No. 4 Phil Mickelson, No. 5 Jim Furyk, No. 6 Graeme McDowell, No. 7 Steve Stricker, No. 8 Paul Casey, No. 9 Luke Donald and No. 10 Rory McIlroy.

The second 10 includes No. 11 Ian Poulter, No. 12 Els, No. 13 Matt Kuchar, No. 14 Dustin Johnson, No. 15 Francesco Molinari, No. 16 Goosen, No. 17 Karlsson, No. 18 Edoardo Molinari, No. 19 Hunter Mahan and No. 20 Louis Oosthuizen.