After Marcel Siem won the Troph’ee Hassan last Sunday in Morocco, he had to sit and wait. In order to get his ticket punched for Augusta, and The Masters. Henrik Stenson, and Russell Henley would need poor finishes at The Shell Houston Open. Stenson finished tied for second place, and Henley beat out The German by 0.025 points in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR).
In order to make his Masters appearance Siem needed to finish in the top fifty, and missing by such a narrow margin, left only The Valero Texas Open as his last opportunity.
Tournament officials said Siem accepted a sponsor’s exemption Monday to the Valero Texas Open. While the cutoff for qualifying for the Masters through the world ranking was last week, all winners of PGA TOUR events that offer full FedExCup points get a trip down Magnolia Lane.
Marcel Siem has not had a particularly good spring during the new season, and I’m not sure he deserves a trip to Augusta. The 32-year-old German did not finish in the top 20 of any event he’s played in this year, except his win in Morocco last week. He was bounced in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship, and had a T 39 against the strong field at Doral.
His Finishes on the desert swing portion of the Sunshine Tour only produced a T 37 at the Omega Desert Classic, and a T 42 in Qatar. He has three wins on the European Tour for his career, and is 15th in Race To Dubai points. There have been too many other players this spring from the European Tour that do deserve more consideration. Of course, if he wins this weekend, he would deserve a shot at a Green Jacket.
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