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Four Australians at Augusta

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One of a select few: Adam Scott.

One of a select few: Adam Scott. Photo: AFP

Australia is set to field its smallest contingent at the Masters in more than a decade, with just four golfers qualified to battle for the green jacket.

Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden and Marc Leishman will be the only Australians at Augusta National from April 11-14, barring a last-ditch win by a countryman at this week's Texas Open.

Geoff Ogilvy (55th), Greg Chalmers (63rd), Marcus Fraser (64th), Brendan Jones (93rd) and Aaron Baddeley (97th) were among those who fell short of the world top 50 rankings cut-off made on Monday, the last bastion for invitations.

Only one spot remains, for the winner of this week's Texas Open.

Ogilvy could justifiably feel he was fated not to play at Augusta this year, having dropped from 50th to 51st in the final week of the 2012 rankings, the first rankings cut-off, and then dropping from 50th this week after missing the cut in Houston.

The 2006 US Open champion remains the last major championship winner for Australia, and the only one in the past 18 years.

■ American golfer D.A. Points held his nerve after a lengthy rain delay to score a one-shot victory in the Houston Open.

He fired a six-under final round but was forced to wait almost three hours to play his final four holes due to a thunderstorm. He came back and parred his way in celebrating with a shout when his 13-foot par putt dropped at 18.

AAP, AFP

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