Lee, who won the Scottish Open in July, squeezed in at 49th to join Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Lucas Herbert and Adam Scott as the Aussies in the field for the first major of 2022.

The 23-year-old Lee, who missed the cut at his maiden major at the 2021 Open Championship, has qualified for all four majors next year and will play the Masters for the first time – an achievement he previously has said would be a "dream come true".

The year-end rankings added a total of 10 players for the Masters and with other qualifying criteria puts the field at 83.

Tiger Woods, who is recovering from severe injuries to his right leg from a February 23 car crash, has not determined whether he will be able to walk and compete at Augusta National on April 8-11.

Woods played the PNC Championship this week with his 12-year-old son, though he was riding a cart and has said he remains a long way off before he can play at the Tour level.

Augusta National prefers to keep the field for the Masters at under 100 players, a target it has met every year dating to 1966 and would appear to be on pace to continue.

Players still can qualify by winning a PGA Tour event that offers full FedExCup points, or by getting into the top 50 in the world on March 27, a full week before the tournament.

There also is a spot reserved for next month's Latin American Amateur Championship.

Finishing at No.50 in the world at the end of the year was Takumi Kanaya of Japan – one of three Asia-Pacific Amateur champions from Japan in the field, joining current champion and World No.1 amateur Keita Najakima and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

The other players to get in through the updated world ranking were Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.