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 Thursday, 26 December, 2002, 10:26 GMT
Record foreign entry for Augusta
Justin Rose
Rose will make his Masters debut at Augusta in April
Colin Montgomerie and Justin Rose are among 16 European players to have received their invitations for the 2003 US Masters.

The 87-strong field includes 39 foreign-born players, a record, and will be boosted by other in-form players after The Players Championship at Sawgrass in late March.

The year's first Major will also feature 10 debutants, including Rose and Spain's British amateur champion Alejandro Larrazabal.

Masters organisers changed the qualification rules earlier this year to ensure players at the top of their game compete in the event.

The top 10 from the US Tour money list as well as the top 50 from the world rankings the week before the event will receive automatic entry.

Tiger Woods receives the Masters Green Jacket from Augusta chairman Hootie Johnson
Woods won his second straight Masters in 2002
Formerly the top three on the money list and the world's top 50 four weeks before the tournament qualified.

World number one Tiger Woods, the defending champion, is on course to become the first player to win three straight Masters titles when he tees off at Augusta on 10 April.

Woods, the winner of eight Majors, became the third back-to-back winner of the event, alongside Jack Nicklaus in 1966 and Nick Faldo in 1990.

He also became the seventh player to win at least three Green Jackets - joining Nicklaus (six), Arnold Palmer (four) and Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player and Faldo.

Woods is among 20 former champions set to compete at Augusta this year, including Nicklaus and Player.

Europe's past winners Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and Seve Ballesteros also gain automatic entry.

Other Europeans to have received invites include Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who all finished inside the top 16 last year.

Frenchman Thomas Levet qualifies after finishing in the top four at the 2002 Open Championship.

Meanwhile, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Niclas Fasth and Rose qualify from the top 50 in the final 2002 world rankings.

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