For those players among the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking who had not otherwise earned an invitation to the Masters, Sunday's final standings for 2013 marked a significant point on the calendar.
Because there are no more official events to be played this year and the Masters invites anyone among the top 50 in the world rankings, that means 14 additional players have qualified for the 2014 event at Augusta National.
Branden Grace's sixth-place finish at the Nelson Mandela Championship came at an opportune time. It kept him 50th in the rankings, ahead of fellow South African Richard Sterne, who for now is left having to secure a way into the 2014 Masters by some other means.
Those players who qualified under the top 50 invitation were: Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (23rd), Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (24), Wales' Jamie Donaldson (26), France's Victor Dubuisson (32), Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (35), Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez (37), Italy's Francesco Molinari (38), the United States' Rickie Fowler (40th), Italy's Matteo Manassero (43), England's David Lynn (45), Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (46), Sweden's Peter Hanson (48), the Netherland's Joost Luiten (49) and Grace.
For the first time, players who won fall events on the PGA Tour also received invitations. Among those who had not otherwise qualified were Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open), Ryan Moore (CIMB Classic) and Chris Kirk (McGladrey Classic).
Players among the top 30 in the final FedEx Cup standings who made it to the Tour Championship also earned invitations.
Winners of the first 14 PGA Tour events (excluding the opposite-field event in Puerto Rico) in 2014 not otherwise exempt will also earn invitations, as will anyone not yet the field who moves into the top 50 in the world rankings by March 30.
The year will end with Tiger Woods ranked No. 1, followed by defending Masters champion Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, U.S. Open champ Justin Rose, Open Championship winner Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia, who moved to 10th after his victory Sunday in Thailand.
The field for the 2014 Masters currently stands at 90 players.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.