Masters 2013: Players Who Will Fall Down Leaderboard After Surprising Day 1

Michael DulkaContributor IApril 12, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11:  Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The opening round of the Masters featured plenty of surprising performances. On Day 2, some of those players with good opening days will come crashing down and plummet on the leaderboard, while serious contenders make their way toward the top.

Consistency is key, and many players who dominated the first round don't have what it takes to carry it through the tournament.

Here is a look at the the leaderboard:


Sergio Garcia

Garcia played a bogey-free round of golf to open the tournament while also adding six birdies to finish six-under on the day. While Garcia played mistake-free, it's hard to see that continuing for the player who has so often been his worst enemy.

The experienced golfer seems incapable of winning a major despite his talent.

The big question is how Garcia will respond to making his first big mistake of the tournament. When he does bogey a hole (and it will happen), how he responds will determine where he finishes this tournament.

Based on his history, it's hard to imagine that Garcia stays atop the leaderboard.


Marc Leishman

A strong finish in the first round gave him a share of the lead heading into the second day, but that likely won't last long. Looking at Leishman's stats, he just doesn't have the power and consistency to win the tournament.  Leishman entered the weekend ranked 154th overall.

There are good reasons for that.

He's 95th in driving distance, 138th in driving accuracy and 142nd in scoring average.

While Leishman did finish at six under, he only played average on the back-nine, finishing with five birdies and four pars. For Leishman to build on his lead and stay atop the leaderboard, he needs to replicate that success throughout the round and not just the final nine holes.


Fred Couples

The 53-year-old Couples had an up-and-down first round with six birdies and two bogeys to finish at four under. Despite success in the first round, Couples hasn't proven he's capable of carrying his level of play deep into the weekend.

Couples has played well in his last three appearances at the Masters after not making the cut in 2008 and 2009. He finished sixth overall in 2010, tied for 15th in 2011 and tied for 12th in 2012.

While he finished in the top 10 on day one, he won't overall. 

The man has proven throughout his career to be a special player, but as of late, he lacks the quality needed to hang around with younger, more talented players.