Tuesday, February 23, 2010

(AP) — Players typically have until 5 p.m. Friday the week before a tournament to commit to playing. In the U.S. Open and British Open, they must submit an entry form.

The Masters is by invitation and has no such rules. So if Tiger Woods decides to play the first major of the year, he only needs to show up before his tee time on Thursday.

Players receive an invitation in December that asks them to R.S.V.P., and they usually do.

Masters spokesman Steve Ethun said when Woods announced his indefinite break from golf on Dec. 11, Woods' spokesman Glenn Greenspan (who previously had Ethun's job) said he would keep Augusta National apprised.

"We have yet to hear any word," Ethun said last week.

The Masters has a good idea who is playing when they make tee times on Tuesday for the first two rounds. Even so, Ethun said it was possible for a player to just show up and head to the tee because there is no alternate list.

"They do have to register before their tee time," he said.

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