Masters 2013: Sleepers Ready to Claim the Green Jacket at Augusta

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Masters 2013: Sleepers Ready to Claim the Green Jacket at Augusta
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Tiger Woods will be favored to win the 2013 Masters, but don't count out Jason Day.

Day isn't the only sleeper with a chance to make a surprise charge up the leaderboard over the weekend and win at Augusta National, either. 

While guys like Woods and Phil Mickelson win majors more often than their lesser-known peers, watching men like Zach Johnson and Charl Schwartzel shock the world is even more rewarding for many fans. 

These men have a shot to be this year's Johnson, and if they bring home the green jacket, they'll have a win for the ages.

 

Jason Day

Day came oh so close to winning this tournament back in 2011, falling just short of the goal by finishing in second place behind Schwartzel.

He's only won a single tournament on the PGA Tour since becoming a pro, though, and has only finished in the top three once this season heading into this year's Masters. 

That top three came at another big event, however—the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in late February. 

Day also played well at Pebble Beach earlier this year, finishing in sixth place at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 

He's an above-average putter (No. 40) and is excellent on sand saves (No. 6). Day has the overall game to win a major, but he has yet to put the entire package together for four rounds. His ball-striking must be spot on, but if it is, Day can win at Augusta.

He has a track record of being able to focus well at big events, and he'll be a player to keep an eye on at the Masters this year. 

 

Tim Clark

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When Clark is on, he's really on. 

When he's off, well...he gets cut.

Clark's best finish at the Masters came back in 2006, when he finished in second place behind Mickelson. He's finished in 13th place three times, and all his other appearances at this tournament have resulted in second-day cuts. 

The South African golfer started out the 2013 season with a flourish, finishing in second place behind Russell Henley at the Sony Open in Hawaii. 

He fared well at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, finishing in a tie for ninth place. 

If Clark can manage to bring his "A" game to Augusta this year, he has as good a chance as any golfer in the tournament to win.

 

Hunter Mahan

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Mahan has finished in the top 10 at the Masters twice, and he finished in 12th place last year. 

In nine events entered thus far in 2013, Mahan has placed in the top 25 eight times—including an eighth-place finish at the Northern Trust Open and a second-place finish at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Winning at Augusta requires precision ball-striking and putting—both of which are Mahan's top strengths, as he ranks No. 24 in greens in regulation and No. 20 in putting.

He did just recently get cut for the first time this season at the Shell Houston Open, but that by no means equates a poor showing at Augusta.

If Mahan keeps the ball in play and gets hot with his putter, anything's possible. 

 

Note: All stats courtesy of PGATour.com.

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