Masters 2013: Who Are This Year's Top Sleepers Heading into Augusta?

Matt MetzlerContributor IIIApril 8, 2013

MARANA, AZ - FEBRUARY 23:  Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden gestures after he hit his second shot on the par 4 17th hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain on February 23, 2013 in Marana, Arizona.  (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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It is one of the best sporting events of the year.

It is a rare occasion in which a city, Augusta in this case, is rather synonymous with said sporting event.

It is, beautifully and poetically enough, an event in which anything can happen.

It is, of course, The Masters.

The most prominent golf tournament in the world tees off on Thursday with 94 golfers participating.

Sure, the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson will be watched closely, but who are some of the other guys you may or may not have heard of that will compete for the top spot?

Fredrik Jacobson

Jacobson, the Swedish native, has been Mr. Consistent after a disappointing start to his 2013 campaign. 

So far in 2013, Jacobson has played five tournaments, resulting in two top-ten finishes including and a top-five placement. 

The 38-year-old finished tied for nineteenth at last year's Masters but will be seemingly overlooked at the start of competition. 

Look for Jacobson to be towards top of the leaderboard come Sunday evening.

Michael Thompson

Confidence is key heading into the Masters, and it would seem Thompson is not lacking in that department. 

Thompson obtained his first PGA win at the 2013 Honda Classic just about a month ago and a week later he finished tied for eighth at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Miami.

With these results fresh in his mind, Thompson should elevate his play and hang around towards the upper echelon of the pack.

Thompson did not make the cut in his only Masters appearance back in 2008.

Graeme McDowell

The common theme among these three sleepers is recent success.

McDowell, the Northern Ireland native, has been on quite a roll in 2013.

He finished tied for fifth, ninth and third in in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play, The Honda Classic and the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, respectively.

McDowell has shown he can compete with the best in the world after a strong performance at the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe.

Look for McDowell to continue his consistent play right through Augusta National.