Masters 2013: Tourney's Biggest Winners Besides Adam Scott

Sean Frye@Sean_E_FryeFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2013

Masters 2013: Tourney's Biggest Winners Besides Adam Scott

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    While Adam Scott took home the green jacket, there are plenty of players who can look back at the Masters as a successful outing for their careers. 

    Jason Day at just 25 years old came so close to taking the green jacket with a terrific final round. 

    Marc Leishman and Scott joined Day in representing Australia well at Augusta. 

    The 14-year-old wunderkind Tianlang Guan made the cut and established himself as a legitimate pro. 

    Those players and a few others showed over the weekend that you don't have to win a green jacket to be successful at the Masters. 

Tianlang Guan

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    Finished: 58th 

    The 14-year-old star out of China didn't exactly threaten the leaders at Augusta. But he did make the cut.

    That's an accomplishment that hardened pros such as Tom Watson and Webb Simpson failed to do this weekend. 

    The biggest headline for Guan's Masters appearance was the one-stroke penalty he incurred for slow play during the second round. However, that penalty didn't undermine the success he had at Augusta. 

    While he shot 12-over at Augusta, he still represented his country well by making the cut. Guan was the only Chinese player in the field. 

    Forbes called Guan an "ambassador of golf to billions." According to Forbes, Guan could play a crucial role in increasing the popularity of golf in China. 

    His performance, particularly with his accomplishment of making the cut, is certainly a great start for the youngster. 

The Rest of the Aussies

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    Finished: 3rd (Jason Day) and 4th (Marc Leishman) 

    Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters. However, the accomplishments of his fellow countrymen should not be overlooked. 

    Day and Leishman, both of whom hail from the land down under, finished the weekend at the top of the standings. 

    Day was atop the leaderboard at one point on Sunday, but bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes dropped him to 7-under. 

    Leishman's best round was on Thursday when he shot 6-under and had four straight birdies on the back nine. 

    In total, four Australians appeared in the Masters, and all made the cut. Besides Scott, Day and Leishman, John Senden finished 35th at 3-over par for the tournament. 

Sergio Garcia

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    Finished: T-8th

    After the first round at Augusta, Sergio Garcia shared the lead after shooting 6-under.

    Garcia shot 4-over par in the second round, which led to his fall from the top of the standings. A 2-under performance on Sunday put him tied for eighth in the final standings. 

    While Garcia couldn't hold on to the lead after the first round, the 33-year-old might have proved to himself and to the golf world that he can be competitive at majors. 

    Last year at the Masters, according to USA Today, Garcia told reporters that he was at a point in his career where he would never win a major. 

    He has no major victories. His best finish came in the 2008 PGA Championship, where he finished tied for second. 

    However, Garcia's first-round performance might have changed his attitude. 

    Garcia is one of the best players in recent history without a major victory and many wonder whether his time had seemingly passed. 

    Maybe, just maybe though, his first-round showing at Augusta lit a fire underneath Garcia to strive for that first major win. 

Angel Cabrera

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    Finished: 2nd (Lost to Adam Scott in two-hole playoff) 

    Angel Cabrera, the 43-year-old 2009 Masters champion proved that he is still a force on the golf course. 

    The loser of the two-hole playoff to Scott, Cabrera played excellent golf at Augusta. He shot under par in every round, including two 3-under performances in the second and third rounds, respectively. 

    His methodical climb up the leaderboard almost was enough to take the green jacket. 

    Scott had three birdies on the back nine on Sunday while Cabrera had two bogeys. If one of those holes went in Cabrera's favor, Cabrera would be celebrating his second Masters championship. 

    However, his successful showing should give him momentum for the rest of the season. Before the Masters, Cabrera had failed to finish in the top 10 in his eight PGA tournament appearances. He even failed to make the cut twice. 

Thorbjorn Olesen

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    Finished: T-6th

    Thorbjorn Olesen, a virtual unknown from Denmark who has only appeared in nine PGA tournaments since turning pro in 2011, finished tied for sixth at the Masters. 

    Since 2011, Olesen has appeared in four majors. He's made the cut in three, but his performance this weekend was the best he's had in his career.

    Olesen also finished ninth in the 2012 Open Championship. 

    This is the first year that Olesen is appearing in non-majors on the PGA Tour, as he mostly concentrated on the European Tour in previous seasons. 

    If Olesen wants to become a standout on the PGA Tour, a sixth-place finish at the Masters is a great way to start. 

Matt Kuchar

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    Finished: T-8th

    While Matt Kuchar has a victory to his credit in 2013, he has yet to garner much hype this season.

    Perhaps finishing in the top 10 of the Masters, and being the third-highest finishing American at Augusta will help shine some of the spotlight on Kuchar. 

    The only Americans to finish above Kuchar were Tiger Woods (T-4th) and Brandt Snedeker (T-6th). Both had seemingly disappointing outings considering the expectations placed on them. 

    However, Kuchar was steady in his approach throughout the weekend. He finished 4-under par in the first round, and 3-under par in the third round. He finished the tournament at 3-under. 

    Kuchar has been a pro since 2001, but has yet to win a major.

    He finished third at last year's Masters, which is his best finish at a major. Another top 10 finish at Augusta for Kuchar might give him the confidence going into the rest of 2013 to possibly grab that coveted first major title. 

Steve Williams

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    Finished: 1st (as Adam Scott's caddy)

    It's not too often that a caddy can be considered a winner at Augusta. But Steve Williams just helped his second golfer to a title at Augusta. 

    Williams was Tiger Woods' caddy from 1999 to 2011. His split from Woods was a public spectacle, and brought a lot of negative light to Williams.

    But he has since helped Scott become one of the game's best players. Scott's Masters championship solidifies that. 

    Williams is one of the game's best caddies, and to assist two golfers to major titles is a rare feat. 

    After the 2013 Masters, Williams is sure be entered into discussions as to who is the greatest caddy of all time.