Crane and Lawrie secure spots at the Masters, Els falls short by one spot

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Ben Crane missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but remained in the top 50 in the world ranking and earned a berth at Augusta National.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Monday, March 26, 2012 | 12:31 a.m.

Ben Crane had to wait until the end of the Arnold Palmer Invitational  on Sunday to make sure he was going to the Masters.

Crane was No. 48 in the world ranking. This was the final week for players to get into the Masters by being in the top 50. Crane missed the cut, but slipped only to No. 49.

Paul Lawrie, who won the Qatar Masters this year, also got in at No. 46.

Ernie Els needed to finish no worse than third at Bay Hill to go from No. 62 into the top 50, but he shot 75 and tied for fourth. Els will need to win the Shell Houston Open to avoid missing the Masters for the first time since 1993.

The Masters has 96 players expected to compete.



The Masters? you have to be good, because the history is clear the best players of this game go to the Master. Ernie is good player but you have to remained in the top 50 in the world ranking.


Ernie Els has never won the Masters. He finished second in 2000 and 2004.


I thought once you won the Masters you were exempt for life as long as you were still playing the PGA tour not the Senior tour. Would somebody elaborate on that. Please.