Daly among several big names missing at Masters

Updated: April 5, 2007, 1:48 AM ET
Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Fans trying to get an autograph from John Daly this week are going to have to go way beyond the ropes.

The two-time major winner lost his PGA Tour card and is only playing on sponsor exemptions this year. But he's in town signing autographs at the Hooters restaurant down the road from Augusta National.

Daly isn't the only big name missing the Masters this year.

Former British Open champ David Duval is absent for only the second time since 1996. He got a five-year exemption for winning the 2001 British, but it expired after last year.

Tom Lehman, captain of last year's Ryder Cup, is out for only the second time since 1993. He didn't finish high enough on either the money list or in the world rankings to qualify.

Nick Faldo could play if he wanted as a three-time Masters champion, but he decided that last year would be his final time as a player, and he's at Augusta doing commentary work for CBS.

"I've had my era. It was a tough decision," Faldo said Wednesday. "Five or six years ago is when I first realized it was time for a change, and it took me a couple years to realize that."


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