John Daly is a two-time major champion, but, unfortunately for him, neither of those majors were the Masters, and the last one occurred in 1995 (nearly 18 years ago), long past the five-year exemption window a major win earns you. His world ranking isn't quite in the top 50 (No. 244) and his last PGA Tour victory came in 2004. Fortunately, Big John will likely show up in the parking lot to hawk memorabilia and sign autographs.
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Nick Faldo is a three-time Masters champ (giving him a lifetime exemption) and only 55 years old. Furthermore, Faldo appears to have kept himself much fitter than some of his contemporaries. All of these signs point to Sir Nick competing for his fourth green jacket this year. One problem: he'll be in the broadcast booth Thursday-Sunday.
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A few years back, Paul Casey was ranked in the top 10 in the world and was a constant threat at the majors. Fast forward, and Casey has dramatically fallen to No. 143, which puts him just 93 spots short of making the Top 50 exemption.
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Geoff Ogilvy's five-year exemption into the Masters for winning the 2006 U.S. Open ran out in 2011. There are exemptions, however, for players who finished in the top 16 and ties at the Masters and in the top 4 and ties at the British Open and the PGA Championship in the previous year. Ogilvy's finishes last year: T18, T9 and T11, respectively. Good, but not good enough.
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The 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open winner finished T10 at the 2012 U.S. Open and is currently ranked No. 130 in the world. The top eight finishers at the previous year's U.S. Open get automatic invitations to the Masters.
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In 2010, Anthony Kim nearly won the Masters, eventually finishing third. He looked to have one of the brightest futures of any young player on Tour. But thanks to a rash of injuries, Kim has fallen of the face of the Tour, dropping to a shocking 448th(!) in the world.
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The U.S. Ryder cup captain in 2012, Davis Love III may be 48, but until this year he'd played pretty regularly on Tour and had some solid finishes in 2011 and 2012. But the 1997 PGA champion meets none of the exemption criteria.
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Though Charles Howell III has never quite lived up to his ability on Tour, he's been front and center in 2013, with four top-10 finishes so far including a loss in a playoff at the Humana Challenge (not to mention his win over one Tiger Woods at the Match Play). Better luck next year.
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Ben Crane is quickly becoming a household name in golf thanks in no small part to his "Golf Boys" videos. But his world ranking (90) is far from good enough to make it to Augusta in April.
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Gary Woodland is another young player who has been touted as one of the next big things for a few years now. Woodland has hit a rough patch recently and will miss out on what would be his third-straight Masters start.
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Why would the man who has won more green jackets than anyone, and who has racked up six lifetime exemptions to Augusta willingly skip out on the event? Well, he is 73, and he did participate in the ceremonial tee shot at last year's event. So, maybe it is unrealistic for the Golden Bear to put on the spikes again, but who wouldn't want to see Jack compete one last time amidst the azaleas?
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