Daniel Berger, 27, has picked up seven top-10 finishes in his last 10 starts on the PGA Tour and won the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff over PGA champion Collin Morikawa. It was the first event of golf's restart in June.
After turning pro at age 20 in 2013, he won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in both 2016 and 2017 and the Charles Schwab Challenge in 2020, the first PGA Tour tournament played after a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But despite the American's super golf over recent months and becoming one of the best golf players at the moment, Berger is ineligible to compete for his first Green Jacket. With The Masters being reshuffled back to November, tournament officials have decided to hold the field as it would have been declared had the tournament taken place in its normal April slot.
Therefore, the 96 golfers that qualified for The Masters remain qualified. Unfortunately, Berger is not one of them as he was ranked106th in the world rankings at the time and therefore outside of the qualification criteria to tee it up at Augusta National.
"I don’t know if I could say I deserve a spot, but I feel like I’m playing well enough to earn a spot into the Masters," said Berger, who has finished 10th, 27th and 32nd in his three previous Masters appearances.
While understandably frustrated about not being able to play in the tournament, Berger's father Jay does not believe it will faze his son.
"Daniel is pretty good at not worrying about things that are out of his control," Jay Berger.
"He has a lot of respect for Augusta National and the way they do things.
The way he’s been playing, I don’t think it’s bothering him." Berger won't have to wait too much longer to get his next crack at Augusta with the 2021 Masters back in its regular slot of April.
The three-time PGA Tour winner, Daniel Berger is still in contention for the FedEx Cup this week as he starts the Tour Championship six strokes behind Dustin Johnson on 4-under par.