Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

07.16 26 Mar 2020


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Irish Open host Graeme McDowell knows he's faces an uncertain wait over his participation at this year's rescheduled Masters. 

The former US Open winner is just inside the world's top 50 and had been due to tee it up at Augusta before the first major of the season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's now likely to be pushed back to the Autumn and McDowell told a PGA Tour conference call that all the players on tour are now playing a waiting game:

"I'd be very happy if the Masters are going to honour the current qualification as it would be if their tournament was to be held two weeks from now, obviously, because I'd be eligible for it.

"But there's so many ifs and buts. Will it be played? If so, when? This year? How will the eligibility be governed?

"It's so tough. It's so difficult to know. It's nice to be sitting in the top 50, but when I look at it in real terms, the Players, the World Matchplay, they both had to be played before the cut off.

"If we had continued to play golf, would I have earned that position? Maybe I wouldn't have. Selfishly, I hope they acknowledge the rankings as we sit when it comes time to play.

"But there's so many bigger picture things that need to happen between now and then. We'll just have to wait and see because you know about as much as I do.

"It's a waiting game. The European Tour and the PGA Tour are doing their best to keep us informed, but we don't know what's going to happen."


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