The Masters – 2022 Amateur Preview & Results

10th April 2022

Scottie SCHEFFLER (USA) won the 86th Masters Tournament at Augusta National G.C. with a 278 (-10) total. His 3-shot winning margin could have been larger save for a four-putt finish on the 72nd hole.

Rory MCILROY (IRL) finished 2nd on -7 after a superb 68 in round 4. Shane LOWRY (IRL) and Cameron SMITH (AUS) finished tied 3rd on 283 (-5).

Click here to view the full– 2022 Masters Results  

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8th April 2022

For the second year running no amateurs made the cut and therefore the Silver Cup prize will not be awarded.

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Round 2 Amateur Scoreboard (Graphic: The Masters)

The cut fell at 148 (+4), tied 45th, with 52 players progressing to the final 36 holes over the weekend.  

Here are the individual scorecards of the amateur competitors: –

Keita NAKAJIMA (JAP) – 151 (+7), Tied 64th

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Keita Nakajima Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters)

Nakajima lived up to his pre-tournament billing as the favourite for the low amateur Silver Cup with an even par first round of 72 which left him tied 19th. However, on day 2 a long tee shot on the 12th led to a double bogey and eventually a 5-over back nine which saw him spiral down the leaderboard. He hardly missed a putt in round 1 but seemed to find the greens much harder on Friday.

Austin GREASER (USA) – 151 (+7), Tied 64th

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Austin Greaser Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters)

Big hitting Greaser gave himself a chance of making the cut with an opening round of 74 (+2). Unfortunately a poor double bogey from the middle of the 11th fairway followed by a long tee shot on 12 and another bogey saw his opportunity quickly disappear. He hit 21 greens in regulation, the best of the six amateurs, and can be pleased with his overall performance.

Aaron JARVIS (CAY) – 155 (+11), Tied 78th

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Arron Jarvis Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters)

Jarvis, the least experienced amateur, played his way out of the tournament with an opening 81 but showed good heart to come back with a 74 in round 2. The highlights were his two birdies on the 12th where his tee shots finished 7 feet and 1 foot away from the hole. Scores that would see him pick up 2.50 shots on the field average.   

James PIOT (USA) – 155 (+11), Tied 78th

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James Piot Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters)

U.S. Amateur champion James Piot struggled on Day 1 to an 81 from which there would never be any way back. A couple of bad swings on 13 in day 1 saw him rack up a costly 8. He will have been pleased to pick up four birdies in round 2 and leave with a far more respectable 74 under his belt.

Stewart HAGESTAD (USA) – 160 (+16), 87th

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Stewart Hagestad Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters)

Unlike on his previous visit in 2017 Hagestad’s lack of distance caught up with him and he was unable to keep his score going on the greens where he struggled with the pace.

Laird SHEPHERD (USA) – 166 (+22), 89th

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Laird Shepherd Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters)

Amateur champion Laird Shepherd was sadly out of his depth at Augusta National and appeared intimidated off the tee. Fighting a pull hook with his woods and finding just one of the par 3’s in regulation in eight attempts. 11/28 fairways and just 9/36 greens in regulation is always going to make scoring difficult. Nevertheless he seemed to putt reasonably well and will have enjoyed the par 5 13th which he birdied in both rounds.

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6th April 2022

The 86th Masters will take place at Augusta National G.C. this week between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th April.

A field of 91 players will be competing, three more than last year. [Paul Casey withdrew on the opening morning with a back injury meaning just 90 players actually started]

Six amateurs will be playing. In 2021 only three amateurs played as the COVID-19 pandemic saw the prior Asia-Pacific Amateur, Latin America Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships all cancelled so there were no winner exemptions from these events.

The primary goal for each amateur is to make the 36 hole cut and if they achieve that to then go on and win the low amateur Silver Cup.

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The 2022 Masters Journal

2022 Amateur Player Biographies

The legacy of Bobby Jones, the founder of the tournament and a lifelong amateur (at least during his competitive years), means The Masters has always found a place for the world’s leading amateurs.

This year’s intake will take the total number of amateurs to have played in The Masters to 444.

The six amateurs competing at The Masters are: –

AUSTIN GREASER (USA), 21 – runner-up at the 2021 U.S. Amateur Championship
From Vandalia in Ohio Austin is a junior at University of North Carolina. Masters debut.
SPWAR 26 / WAGR 23

STEWART HAGESTAD (USA), 31 on Sunday – winner of the 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship 
From Los Angeles, California Stewart is a two time U.S. Mid-Am champion.  He has just completed an MBA at USC and is moving into private equity role shortly. Finished T36 to win the Silver Cup on his Masters debut in 2017. This will be his 5th major appearance having also played in three  U.S. Opens (2017-18-19).
SPWAR 213 / WAGR 13

AARON JARVIS (CAY), 19 – winner of the 2022 Latin America Amateur Championship 
Aaron is from George Town in Grand Cayman and is a freshman at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Masters debut.
SPWAR 605 / WAGR 827

KEITA NAKAJIMA (JAP), 21 – winner of the 2021 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship 
Keita, from Kazo City, won his first professional tournament in his home country of Japan in 2021 and finished T28 in the Zozo Championship last October and 41st in this year’s Sony Open, both on the PGA Tour. Masters debut. The clear favourite for the 2022 Silver Cup.
SPWAR 14 / WAGR 1 / OWGR 239

JAMES PIOT (USA), 23 – winner of the 2021 U.S. Amateur Championship
James is a fifth-year senior at his local university Michigan State. Masters debut. He made his pro debut at last month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational missing the cut at Bay Hill after two 78s.
SPWAR 15 / WAGR 60

LAIRD SHEPHERD (ENG), 24 – winner of the 2021 Amateur Championship
The 2020 Stirling graduate who has settled in St. Andrews will be making his second major appearance after narrowly missing the cut in the 2021 Open Championship. Since 2018 Laird has overcome knee and back injuries so has only played a modest schedule in recent years. Masters debut.
SPWAR 1,207 / WAGR 49

U.S. and Amateur champions also receive non-playing honorary invitations which mean they are invited to attend The Masters every year for the rest of their lives.

2022 Amateur Tee Times (GMT +5hrs)

Round 1

Group 2 – 8.11am EDT / 1.11pm BST – Mike Weir (CAN) / Padraig Harrington (IRL) / AUSTIN GREASER (USA)

Group 8 – 9.17am EDT / 2.17pm BST – Zach Johnson (USA) / Si Woo Kim (KOR) / AARON JARVIS (CAY)

Group 15 – 10.45am EDT / 3.45pm BST – Hideki Matsuyama (JAP)* / Justin Thomas (USA) / JAMES PIOT (USA)*

Group 17 – 11.18am EDT / 4.18pm BST – Sandy Lyle (SCO) / STEWART HAGESTAD (USA)

Group 20 – 11.51am EDT / 4.51pm BST – Charl Schwartzel (RSA) / Robert MacIntyre (SCO) / LAIRD SHEPHERD (ENG)

Group 24 – 12.35pm EDT / 5.35pm BST – Bubba Watson (USA) / Tom HOGE (USA) / KEITA NAKAJIMA (JAP)

Round 2

Group 1 – 8.00am EDT / 1.00pm BST – Sandy Lyle (SCO) / STEWART HAGESTAD (USA)

Group 4 – 8.33am EDT / 1.33pm BST – Charl Schwartzel (RSA) / Robert MacIntyre (SCO) / LAIRD SHEPHERD (ENG)

Group 8 – 9.17am EDT / 2.17pm BST – Bubba Watson (USA) / Tom HOGE (USA) / KEITA NAKAJIMA (JAP)

Group 17 – 11.18am EDT / 4.18pm BST – Mike Weir (CAN) / Padraig Harrington (IRL) / AUSTIN GREASER (USA)

Group 23 – 12.24pm EDT / 5.24pm BST – Zach Johnson (USA) / Si Woo Kim (KOR) / AARON JARVIS (CAY)

Group 30 – 1.52pm EDT / 6.52pm BST – Hideki Matsuyama (JAP)* / Justin Thomas (USA) / JAMES PIOT (USA)*

*By tradition the reigning U.S. Amateur champion is always paired with the reigning Masters champion.

Click here to view all of the – Masters 2022 Tee Times

Amateur Perks

Only amateur competitors are permitted to stay in the Crow’s Nest accommodation. Most of them normally spend at least one night there during Masters week.  

The Amateur Dinner, hosted by chairman Fred Ridley and normally attended by around 100 guests, was held on Monday evening. This was a return to its traditional slot having moved to Wednesday in 2020 and 2021. Sergio Garcia, 2017 winner and the low amateur in 1999, was the guest speaker this year.

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Keita Nakajima, James Piot, Austin Greaser, Fred Ridley, Aaron Jarvis and Stewart Hagestad
(Photo: Chris Turvey / Augusta National)

2021 Masters – Amateur Performances

No amateur made the cut at the 2021 Masters so the Silver Cup was not awarded. It was the first time since 2015 that an amateur had not completed the 72 holes.

Ollie OSBORNE (USA) shot two rounds of 76 to finish tied 74th on 152 (+8), the best of the three amateurs in the field.

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Ollie Osborne’s 36 Hole Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters) 

Joe LONG (ENG) produced the lowest round by an amateur at the 2021 Masters in Round 2 with a 72 (Ev). However, his 154 (+10) total saw him finish in 80th place. Joe missed a four foot birdie putt on his final hole to miss the chance to match James Sugrue’s 71 in 2020, the lowest and only under par round by a GB&I amateur in Masters history.

Joe Long’s 36 Hole Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters) 

U.S. Amateur champion Tyler STRAFACI (USA) struggled to rounds of 80 and 81 to finish in 86th place, last of the three amateurs in 2021.

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Tyler Strafaci’s 36 Hole Scorecard (Graphic: The Masters)

The Top 50 and Ties cut fell at +3 with 54 players making the weekend.

Click here to view the full – 2021 Masters Results

The Masters – Amateur Playing Records

For more information on amateur performances at The Masters please take a look at – The Masters – Amateur Records.

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