Masters Field 2013: Pinpointing Top Contenders and Pretenders

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Masters Field 2013: Pinpointing Top Contenders and Pretenders
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Tiger Woods is hungry for another Masters title.

The 2013 Masters golf tournament is in full swing and the tournament field is starting to take shape.

In the first day, players began to separate themselves from the pack, after avoiding inclement weather.

Now in the second day, the field of golfers is establishing contenders for the coveted green jacket, while pretenders plague the spectators with hooked shots and bent clubs.

Here we pinpoint the players who have risen as contenders or fallen to be pretenders.

 

Tiger Woods: Contender

No list is complete without including Woods' name, and sometimes his name is the only reason he is considered a contender. But his play in the first round of the Masters—and of late—has made it a legitimate claim.

Woods shot a two-under 70 in Thursday's first round and made his roar heard by the media and the rest of the field at Augusta. He trailed Sergio Garcia by four strokes going into the second round.

His strong performance is sitting in the backs of every player's mind. They know if Woods is close on Sunday, he will be tough to beat. 

 

Rory McIlroy: Pretender

McIlroy, the world's former No. 1 player, scored an even 72 in the first round. He shot five birdies and five bogeys on Thursday.

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He hasn't played terribly, but his mediocre play isn't going to keep him in this contest.

He will need to get under par to hang with the competition at the top of the leaderboad.


Fred Couples: Contender

Speaking of the top of the leaderboard, 53-year-old Fred Couples has basically been camping out there since the tournament started.

Currently tied for third in the second round, Couples shot a four-under 68 in the first round to push himself toward the front of the pack.

His love of Augusta National seems to be benefiting his game, and he doesn't look like he's ready to give up his great position.

 

Bubba Watson: Pretender

Watson, last year's Masters winner, did not look like a former-Masters champion in the first round. He recorded a three-over 75 on Thursday, shooting four bogeys on the day.

Watson might want to start paying attention to his game instead of spending so much time with extra-curricular activities like his hovercraft golf cart.

He needs to step his game up if he wants a second green jacket in as many years.

Here is the current leaderboard.

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