Masters 2013: Augusta Rookies That Outshined Established Veterans

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Masters 2013: Augusta Rookies That Outshined Established Veterans
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The 2013 Masters taught us that experience—to a certain degree—is irrelevant.

For one, Phil Mickelson had one forgettable performance along with the likes of Bubba Watson and Vijay Singh. And despite Tiger Woods' top-10 finish, these seasoned veterans were collectively outshined by some Augusta rookies.

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At its essence, expect the following young professionals to continue making a name for themselves as the season progresses.

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Thorbjorn Olesen

Thorbjorn Olesen finished the tournament at minus-four, which was good enough for a top 10 place.

Even better was Olesen's ability to regain focus after a horrific start. He shot a 78 in Round 1 that also featured two double-bogeys. Fortunately, Olesen made a quick turnaround by hitting 70 in Round 2.

It was the next two sets of 18 that propelled him up the leaderboard.

In Rounds 3 and 4, he stroked 68, while also scoring just seven bogeys. During this 36-hole span, Olesen even scored one eagle and built incredible consistency for birdies. What also saved him was going minus-13 altogether on par five holes.

Now it's just a matter of improving on par threes and fours to reach the next level of dominance.

John Huh

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John Huh closed out his initial Masters display at minus-two.

And if he revealed anything, it was the talent to rebound in Round 4 after a tough outing in Round 2. In Round 1 Huh teed off by finishing minus-two, which was definitely a solid start.

The downside was feeling the pressure thereafter, and Huh slid back to plus-two entering the last slate of 18: went plus-five in Round 2 and minus-one in Round 3.

Throughout the final 18 holes, he knocked seven pars but did take a hit with a double-bogey on White Dogwood (No. 11). For the tournament Huh scored 47 pars, so that's something to build from. Ultimately, avoiding multiple double-bogeys will jolt him up the rankings as the year moves onward.

Branden Grace

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Branden Grace did not fare as well as Olesen or Huh, but the guy finished even which is still quite solid.

At the beginning, though, Grace dug himself a hole after Round 1 by scoring plus-six. But he immediately settled down and shot minus-two in the second round, minus-one in Round 3 and then minus-three in the last 18.

Initially crushing Grace's odds were two double-bogeys in the first 18 and then a third in the final round. Avoiding these will obviously bolster his game, but in terms of tournament play, inflate Grace's competitive impact.

Flip the final double-bogey (Flowering Crab Apple, No. 4) to a bogey or just par and Grace slides into the top 15. In short, he's not far away from becoming a legit tournament-to-tournament contender.

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