Ernie is the same place that Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelsen, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Sergio, and Zach Johnson are - watching on TV with the rest of us. Even Hank Haney agrees - said it today. This is the weakest field of the four majors and I agree with him. When Lucas Glover makes a cut while these top players are home, there's definitely a tricked-up, goofiness to this course as I've always said (been to several Masters at Augusta National).
Hank Haney agrees with your opinion. You can take any opinion in the world and find someone to agree with it. That alone doesn't change how valid your opinion is.
The qualifying criteria were posted above, and so was the criteria for the British Open. Please point out the differences, as that will display the differences in the strength of field. The Opens both allow a bunch of people to qualify - they just don't automatically exempt former winners… except when they do. :-P Post #106 just above.
The PGA actually has the strongest field. Or the Players Championship, you could argue.
Lucas Glover qualified. Kevin Na didn't.