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Masters 2012 Leaderboard: Names That Surprised Us at This Year's Event
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The Masters is a beautiful event because most of the field has a legitimate chance of actually winning the tournament. This is because the field of the Masters is limited by the tournament committee. The exceptions to this rule are past champions, who get invited to the event for the rest of their lives and often play well into their sixties, and amateurs. But let's face it, no amateur is likely to win one of golf's major championships ever again.

That leaves about 70-80 guys who have a real chance of winning the Masters.

Every year, however, there are surprises—players who are at the top of the leader board that we would not expect to be, as well as players we expect to be at the top but aren't.

Let's look at some of this year's surprises as we head into one of the greatest days in golf: Sunday at the Masters.

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