Masters Standings 2013: Final Finishes for Golf's Top Stars
While golf at the Masters is all about the star, this year's 2013 tournament at Augusta was more about the guys you haven't heard of making a late push.
How many people had Marc Leishman, Jason Day and Angel Cabrera in contention down the final turn at Augusta on Sunday?
While there are those that likely did, all three were long shots when the odds opened up for the 2013 Masters. Taking that underdog role to heart, many of those in the Top 20 when the day ended on Sunday were nowhere near golf's most-qualified list of stars.
So where does that leave the most recognizable players?
Some faltered early (Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley), while some stuck around just long enough to miss out on a major championship toward the end of the third and start of the fourth round (Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar).
Adam Scott will take home the green jacket (Australia's first), but here's a look at some of the sport's most notable stars and how they finished on the final leaderboard at this year's thrilling end at Augusta.
Tiger Woods: -5, T-5
It was a solid, if unspectacular, tournament for Woods, but he still will take home a top-five finish at Augusta that would have looked even better if not for a two-stroke penalty and subsequent eight-spot on the par-five 15th on Friday afternoon.
Woods showed resilience in the face of struggles, fighting through a tough weekend of putting to still maintain his place in contention on Sunday.
He was hurt by an inability to make the "big" putt, otherwise known as the putt that helps get things going in his favor. He had the chance to do so on No. 2, again on No. 6 and another chance on No. 16, but was unable to do so and wound up with the top-five finish instead.
It was a big week for Woods' return to major relevancy.
While he never made the big putt, he was always around the hole, and that will be something to keep in mind as he continues his push to catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major title wins before his career is over.
Rory McIlroy: +2, T-25
If you've followed Rory McIlroy at all during the brief start to the 2013 PGA Tour season, you know he hasn't exactly had a ceremonious start to what was supposed to be yet another swan song to his World No. 1 ranking.
It's been anything but.
Categorized by a slow start, McIlroy walked off the course at the Honda Classic and hasn't won a tournament this season. He didn't get close to winning at Augusta this weekend, finishing at two-over and reminding us all why his inconsistency is so frustrating.
McIlroy felt the need to play in the Texas Open the previous weekend, finishing second in Houston, and had a little bit of momentum heading into this weekend at Augusta, but he also was plagued by poor play on the back nine for his four-day stint in Georgia.
Rory did have four birdies on Sunday, hopefully giving him some momentum heading into his next tournament before the major season really picks up.
Phil Mickelson: +9, T-54
Phil Mickelson is a three-time Masters champion and one of the most popular players on tour because of his go-for-it style, but that style didn't produce the results he wanted at Augusta this year.
After a brilliant end to his round on Thursday, the lefty didn't come anywhere close to a late push at the 2013 Masters.
Mickelson will finish outside the top 10 for just the fifth time since 1995. It was a disappointing week for Phil, especially if you consider how close he was to a potential return to the limelight after the first round.
His quote to USA Today pretty much says it all: "I just played terrible."
Rough couple of days for Phil, but that's how this sport goes some time. There's little doubt he'll be in contention on Sunday again soon.
Bubba Watson: +7, T-50
Which player's finish was most disappointing?
Littered with emotion from the obvious weight of defending his green jacket in 2012, this wasn't the best version of Bubba Watson that we've seen in a major championship.
After a slow start and a breath-holding second-round in which he slid under the cut with fellow four-over golfer Tianlang Guan, Watson proceeded to have a nice round on Saturday before falling back into a familiar lull on Sunday afternoon.
In fact, Watson was moving right along until the turn, when he posted a 10-stroke hole at No. 12—effectively ending any chance of a miraculous comeback.
Watson finished his day with a birdie on 18 and will be around for the jacket ceremony in the evening, and he's still one of the sports' most enigmatic stars who has plenty of room to grow. This year, though, Augusta wasn't his friend—something he'll remember when he returns to the course in 2014.
Brandt Snedeker: -4, T6
Instead of partying like it's 1999, Snedeker will go home with a more 2008-like feeling after his final round at Augusta on Sunday.
The wheels really fell off the bus on the back nine.
With pair mate Angel Cabrera set to bogey No. 10, Snedeker had a chance to move to seven-under with a chip-in for par on the same hole. He missed it high, reading the very tough hole wrong, and finished with two more bogeys in the next four holes to effectively finish his day.
It wasn't quite the collapse we saw in 2008 from Snedeker, but it certainly wasn't pretty to watch after 27 straight holes of bogey-free golf leading into the final round.
But the American has gained a few fans in the process and has another Augusta notch on his belt to work with as his career moves on. Some players never win a green jacket, but Snedeker has been very close twice and should hang his hat on a nice tournament overall.
There you have it, folks. Golf's biggest names couldn't get it done on Sunday at Augusta, but there's still plenty of action remaining in the 2013 major season.
*For a complete look at the final tournament leaderboard, check out PGATour.com.
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