Masters 2013: Golf's Most Exciting Sleepers Who Won't Disappoint This Weekend

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2013

Tim Clark may pose a threat to the top contenders at Augusta.
Tim Clark may pose a threat to the top contenders at Augusta.David Cannon/Getty Images

There are plenty of sleepers in this year's Masters. These guys have the potential to steal the headlines away from the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. 

If you're rooting for a sleeper this weekend, here are some guys that have the best chance to shock the world by taking the green jacket. 


K.J. Choi

If there's ever been a sleeper who loves Augusta, it's K.J. Choi. In 2010 and 2011, he finished in the top eight of the Masters. 

His 2013 season has been inconsistent so far. Choi has appeared in nine events, missed the cut twice and is only 54th on the money list. He has two top 10 finishes this season, though, and is coming off his best showing of the year. 

At the Valero Texas Open, Choi finished sixth. It's certainly a good sign that he is coming off a quality tuneup weekend.

Again, Choi loves Augusta. He finished third in 2004, his best finish at the year's first major. If he can find his stride again this weekend, Choi could make yet another run at the green jacket. 


Tim Clark

Clark has been anxious for another major win after taking the 2010 Players Championship. But it's not just his success there that has people believing he is a dark horse in this year's Masters. 

After his Players Championship title, Clark has struggled with an elbow injury. However, he appeared in five straight events to end 2012 and has appeared in eight so far in 2013. 

It appears that he has finally put the injury behind him. 

His best showing this season came at his first event, the Sony Open in Hawaii. There, he finished second behind Russell Henley. 

If Clark, who is one of Golf Digest's "Top Sleepers to Watch," can regain his 2010 swagger, then he could make some noise come Sunday. 


Brian Gay

January's PGA Tour player of the month could be a big sleeper to win the green jacket in 2013. 

Gay is 16th on the money list this year, with his best showing coming in the Humana Challenge. Gay won that event. 

Having missed the cut in the only other Masters he appeared in (2010), Gay is certainly hungry to make the weekend field this time around. 

If Gay can draw up the same success he had at the Humana Challenge, he could pose a huge threat to the top contenders.