Singh, Liang, Marksaeng given special invitations to Masters

Liang Wen-Chong, Prayad Marksaeng and Jeev Milkha Singh have received special invitations to play in the 2008 Masters, tournament chairman Billy Payne announced Monday.

Liang became the first Chinese player to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit title in 2007 and won a European PGA Tour event in Singapore last year. He played in last year's PGA Championship at Southern Hills and is already qualified for the 2008 British Open.

Marksaeng has won six times on the Asian Tour and was fifth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last year.

Singh finished tied for 37th in last year's Masters after winning twice on the 2006 European Tour.

"These three individuals are successful, accomplished and talented golfers deserving of a Masters invitation," Payne said in a statement. "They are outstanding representatives of their respective countries. This is also another component in our objective of growing the game of golf worldwide utilizing the Masters brand. We think the interest in golf in each country will heighten when these players compete in the Masters."

None of the three players is currently ranked in the top 75 in the world.

The three special invitations bring the total number of Masters invitees to 87. More players can qualify by winning a PGA Tour event (except those opposite World Golf Championships), or climbing to the top 50 of the world golf rankings by the week prior to The Masters.