ATLANTA — There’s hope. Maybe it’s as little as the azaleas blooming in November in Augusta National, but the chance exists. Daniel Berger has not yet been told”no” from championship officials, so he’s clinging to the thought that perhaps, just perhaps, he’ll have the ability to tee it up in the Masters in November.
Berger, 27, is perhaps the most glaring omission in the postponed Masters area, though he made it clear that he knows and is fine with all the principles set up that secured the qualifiers at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
It is just that, well… there’s not any harm in trying. Consequently, his agent Mark Steinberg was connected with Augusta National officials to express his case.
“Nothing is set in stone,” Berger said Saturday, in which he shot 71 at the next round of the Tour Championship. “It is not a yes, but it is not a no. It is just wait and watch. It is definitely not from this question, but I’d say it is highly improbable.
“When I do not play, in fact it is exactly what it is. What eats at me the most is I need to play at the best tournaments potential. I would like to compete in major championships. When I do not get the chance, it is frustrating.”
Another side of this debate that Berger knows is that he had the chance to meet the requirements to the 2020 Pros, he just did not satisfy the eligibility criteria in the time to perform at the event. Next year? No issue. His triumph in the Charles Schwab Challenge at June looked after that.
On Saturday, Berger finished his round badly, making bogeys in the 16th and 17th holes in East Lake and then three-putting the final green for a level, all which effectively knocked him out of contention for the FedEx Cup title.
He started the championship sixth at the FedEx standings, which meant he started six strokes behind leader Dustin Johnson. After dozens of 69 and 71, Berger is tied to 17th and nine strokes ).
A couple of sleepless rounds has hardly defeated him. He believes he can win the Experts. However, you can not win if you do not perform with.
He’s four top-3 finishes, including a victory, in seven championships because the restart and is currently rated 13th on earth. Berger was also high 10 in each of the past three championships ahead of the shutdown, including a tie for fourth in the Honda Classic.
Berger subsequently opened the Players Championship using a 67 — and golfing ceased.
A couple weeks after, the Experts declared it was postponing the championship before November 12-15, also that the area could be put at 96, together with people meeting the eligibility criteria in the time making the area. Anything played following the resumption would count toward 2021 invitations. In the time of this shutdown, Berger was rated beyond the very best 100 from the world — though he’ll always wonder exactly what a top finish in the Players or maybe the WGC-Match Play could have done.
The best 50 were awarded invitations, in addition to any player who’d won a PGA Tour event as the 2019 Pros.
“Listen, they had been fairly apparent that if the pandemic struck,” Berger explained. “All these are the men that are at the championship. It is not likely to change. You are not likely to go out. I respect whatever choice they make.
“In my standpoint, I only need to play the top tournaments potential. I really don’t think that it hurts to own me at the area. It is better for your golf tournament in case the 13th-ranked participant is playing inside.”
It’s unclear what recourse Augusta National has besides to provide Berger a particular invitation — it has generally earmarked for global players that otherwise didn’t qualify.
The championship can be on the top end of opponents with 96. Given almost 90 moments daylight in November compared to April, the Experts is most likely considering two-tee begins off both front and rear sides. That isn’t perfect, and including players things.
Then again, 1 participant?
Berger stated he receives it. When he saw what occurred lately with Germany’s Sophia Popov, who won the Women’s Open however isn’t qualified for the next week’s ANA Inspiration since the championship had locked its area, he understood exactly what he was up against.
“I really don’t believe that has been great because of my cause,” he stated, noting commissioner Mike Whan referenced the Experts decision to never change its area.
Berger has three PGA Tour victories and tied to 10th in his first Masters in 2016. However he missed the championship this past year following a demanding 2018 where he hurt his right wrist, which disperse to a fascia close to a finger.
It pretty much destroyed his 2019 year because he returned soon and attempted to play it.
“I could not hold anything,” he explained. “It had been so feeble, I could not conquer a empty soda can. I could not shake anyone’s hand. I had been on more anti-inflammatories within an eight-month elongate than anybody likely humanly possible must take. I just needed to do everything I could to get out there and perform with.
“In retrospect, I should have taken more time . And following the time off, it got better. Strengthened the forearm. Did some wrist things. It was only off the time.”
Today Berger does not need time off. He is at the U.S. Open in just two weeks. He intends to perform a few occasions in October. And he actually wants to be only a couple hours down the street from East Lake in Augusta National come November.
“The Experts is such a fantastic occasion, as soon as you play with it you never want to overlook it,” he explained. “I missed it . I know I am in for April, but I like where my game is at right now and wish to playwith. In case it happens, I will be so excited.”