Masters Leaderboard 2012: How Late Surges Will Affect Rising Stars This Season

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Masters Leaderboard 2012: How Late Surges Will Affect Rising Stars This Season
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The Masters is always a great place for up-and-comers to take the main stage and show that they are here to make an impact in the future.

It also doesn't hurt their case when star players like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy fail to make an impact, allowing everyone else to prove that they can battle with these mortal figures.

Everyone will need to continue to prove that they can play at a high level as the season continues, but the following made quite some noise with their late surges at this year's tournament.

Louis Oosthuizen

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The 29-year-old South African typically hasn't found much success going into Sundays at Majors, but this time around he may be making some noise.

Despite a win at the 2010 Open Championship, Oosthuizen has only made the final day of a major five times, including this year's Masters.

Through seven on Day Four, Oosthuizen leads the field with an overall score of nine-under. That he can attribute to his scores of 68, 72 and 69, as well as shooting two-under thus far in the final round.

If he can continue to hold his spot atop the leaderboard, Oosthuizen could find himself to become a possible threat throughout the rest of the season.

Of course, he must show more consistency, but claiming two majors in two years is definitely a step in the right direction.

Rickie Fowler

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Since turning pro in 2009, Fowler has only recorded one career win. That came at the Kolon Korea Open, where he shot a 16-under to take the title.

Despite that victory, the American has never seen much consistency in his game to really emerge as a heavy favorite.

And while he has never won a Major, he did finish fifth at last year's Open Championship.

Fowler is still very young, so there is still plenty of time for him to emerge as a favorite in the future.

He didn't have the greatest Masters this year, but after posting two-over par each of the first two days, Fowler came back to shoot par on Day 3, as well as finishing the tournament two-under on Day 4.

Fowler showed that he can take the pressure following a slow start, so if he can find that consistency in the early goings, there is no telling how far he can go.

Bo Van Pelt

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Van Pelt came up a bit too late this tournament, as he posted a ridiculous 64 on Day Four, which included a hole-in-one on 16.

Despite the successful day of eight-under, Van Pelt finished the tournament at just one-under overall. While it will remain to be seen if he was just playing with the impression he had nothing to lose or if he was going for it, there is reason to believe Van Pelt can make a resurgence in the latter parts of his career.

He is just 36 years old, which is nothing in terms of golf years. It is just staying consistent that will be key to his success.

Van Pelt has three tour wins already, only one of which came on the PGA.

He did have a good round here last year, tying for eighth overall. Perhaps with another go at Augusta next year, he will be able to dominate the course more consistently as he did in this year's final round.

There is still plenty left to the season as well, so if Van Pelt can continue to put up strong showings like he did here in the final day, there is no doubt he can quickly climb the rankings.

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