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Archive for Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Daly among Masters qualifiers

Final five slots filled for elite golf championship

March 30, 2004

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— John Daly gets another crack at Augusta National.

Daly, who picked up his first PGA Tour victory in nine years last month at Torrey Pines, was among the final five players Monday who qualified for the Masters by finishing in the top 10 on the money list or the top 50 in the world ranking.

"I feel like I'm playing well enough right now that maybe I can contend," Daly said.

Daly dropped only one spot to No. 10 on the money list. He was only safe when Adam Scott won The Players Championship, and none of the players behind Daly on the money list finished second.

Daly, a former PGA and British Open champion, loves playing the Masters more than any other tournament. Augusta National would seem to fit his game perfectly, especially with Daly's touch around the greens.

Daly's best finish at the Masters was a tie for third in 1993, six shots behind the winner. He has not finished in the top 25 since.

Craig Parry, Todd Hamilton, Trevor Immelman and Brian Davis qualified for the Masters by finishing in the top 50 in the world ranking. Davis was the only player close to falling out of the top 50, especially after he missed the cut at The Players Championship. He slipped three spots to No. 50.

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