The Japanese Kazuki Higa and an American amateur invited to Augusta

The organizers of the first Major of the season have officially invited the Japanese Kazuki Higa, 68th player in the world, and the American amateur Gordon Sargent to participate in the 87th Masters in history scheduled for April 6 to 9, 2023. now stands at 80 units…

Nice Christmas present a few days late for Kazuki Higa et Gordon Sargent. They are invited to compete for the next Masters scheduled for April 6-9 on theAugusta National Golf Club. A first for both men!

Aged 27, the Japanese Kazuki Higa already has six victories, including four in 2022 alone, on the very tough Japanese professional circuit, the Japan Golf Tour. Number 1 in the Order of Merit, as was in 2013 a certain Hideki Matsuyamawinner of the green jacket in 2021, Higa occupies 68th place in the world at the start of 2023.

First guest amateur since Aaron Baddeley in 2000

A native of Birmingham (Alabama), Gordon Sargent is a graduate of the private University of Vanderbilt located in Memphis, Tennessee. Champion of the NCAA Division I Men’s Individual, he sits at 19 in 4th place in the world amateur ranking. As stated in the Masters press release, Sargent is the first amateur to receive an invitation since the Australian Aaron Baddeley in 2000.

The total of participants in the 87th Masters in history now stands at 80. A figure which is set to swell since the 2023 winner of the Latin Amateur Championship is not yet known. We should also remember that non-exempt winners at the next events of the PGA Tour by April 2 (excluding alternate tournaments) will validate their ticket for Georgia, just like the residents of the World Top 50 at the end of the week preceding the first Major of the season.

Photo : Masters Tournament

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