News & Opinion

In the news

Qualified: Justin Harding and Shane Lowry, for the Masters, based on their position in the Official World Golf Ranking. No. 48 Harding, of South Africa, and No. 49 Lowry, of Ireland, earned top-50 exemptions based on the final world ranking before next week’s Masters. Lowry won in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, and Harding won in Qatar as they rank Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. Their additions bring the field size to 86 for the April 11-14 Masters. The final spot will go to the winner of this week’s Valero Texas Open, if he is not already qualified.