Stenson plays his way into the Masters; Howell out

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) -- Henrik Stenson is going to the Masters, while Augusta native Charles Howell III is on the outside looking in.

Stenson needed to finish at least in 13th place alone Sunday in the Houston Open. He closed with a 6-under 66 for 2nd place, assuring that he will be in the top 50 in the world at the end of the week.

Howell, sitting 57th in the rankings this week, needed a fourth or better finish. He shot 6-under 66 today, but it was only enough for a tie for 10th place. It will be the fourth time in five years he's missed the Masters.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Marcel Siem of Germany won the Hassan Trophy in Morocco. That moved him up 22 spots to No. 50, sending him to the Masters for the first time. Siem will finish one-hundredth of a point ahead of Russell Henley, who already qualified by winning the Sony Open this year.

Fredrik Jacobson and Richard Sterne also are added to the Masters field by staying in the top 50.

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