The Silicon Valley golf world officially got a boost from Augusta on Wednesday.

That's where Masters chairman Billy Payne confirmed that winners of PGA Tour events that award full FedExCup points -- including the Frys.com Open -- will gets Masters invites.

That means the season-opening tournament, to be held Oct. 10-13 at CordeValle in San Martin, will offer added incentive to its winner, and should therefore benefit from a more star-studded field.

"Today is a great day for the Frys.com Open," tournament director Jeff Sanchez said. "We were already expecting an improved field of professionals this year, but the announcement is exciting. We believe that significant opportunities such as the Masters invitation, FedExCup points, and possibly Ryder Cup points, will provide further incentive for more of the world's top players to compete in our tournament."

Previously fall events that followed the Tour Championship offered fewer FedEx Cup points and subsequently attracted weaker fields.

Last year, tour rookie Jonas Blixt took the $900,000 winner's check.