Masters Scores 2013: Highlighting Biggest Winners and Losers
There's only one golfer who gets to don the green jacket, but plenty of winners and losers emerged from the 2013 Masters at Augusta National.
The good, bad and ugly all showed themselves over the four-day tournament. Some of the world's best golfers struggled to hit below par, while golfers the average fan has never heard of ended up being major contenders for the championship.
All of it made for a wild weekend at the Masters and a tournament that came down to the wire with a handful of players in position to win entering the last few holes.
Now that play at Augusta National has concluded, let's check out the biggest winners and losers from the 2013 Masters.
Winner: Adam Scott
In more ways than one, Adam Scott was a big winner this weekend at the Masters.
Not only did Scott win his first major championship, but he also won Australia's first ever green jacket. After so many before him have come so close, it has to feel pretty good that Scott made history for his native country.
On top of that, he proved to himself that he is capable of excelling in clutch situations. This was the biggest knock on Scott's game, especially after his epic collapse in the 2012 Open Championship.
Scott fought through the pouring rain and sank two incredible putts to go along with incredible ball placement, and in doing so he won arguably the biggest golf tournament of all time.
Now, he'll never have to hear any more talk about how he can't close out majors.
Loser: Tiger Woods
Don't get me wrong—Tiger played a solid all-around tournament and proved he's still one of the best golfers in the world. A five-under score isn't anything to scoff at and might have been enough for victory in another year.
But for the overwhelming favorite heading into the weekend and for a golfer who many considered to be a lock for the green jacket, he has to be kicking himself at the missed opportunities.
Late in his second round, Woods looked to be roaring back into the lead before knocking a beautiful shot off the flag stick and into the water hazard. He subsequently broke a drop rule, costing him another two strokes.
He entered Sunday with a fighter's chance to get back in contention, but he squandered a handful of opportunities on the green. By the time he made a late surge, he was too far off the lead.
Without those four strokes he lost Friday on 15, Woods might be celebrating his fourth Masters victory. That has to leave a sour taste in his mouth, given all of the hype and how far he's come.
All signs point to Tiger's 15th major coming nearer and nearer, but he continues to give up great chances to do so.
Winner: TIanlang Guan
The simple fact that a 14-year-old was playing at the Masters this year was enough to make headlines across the world, but Tianlang Guan did much more than that at Augusta National.
En route to winning low amateur honors, Guan finished at 12-over-par. What's even more impressive is that he made the cut.
Guan was also one of the only golfers in the field to avoid three-putting for the entire tournament, and he never notched a double or triple bogey.
Guan just playing in this tournament was enough to make him a winner, but the performance he put on at such a young age is nothing short of incredible.
Loser: Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy's struggles at Augusta National have been well-documented, but just four days of stellar golf could've erased that.
That didn't quite happen. Despite entering the weekend at two-under, McIlroy shot a 79 on a Saturday that included a triple and double bogey.
After squandering the 2011 Masters with a final round score of 80, the last thing McIlroy needed was another awful round at Augusta. Even though he was five-under in the other three rounds combined, it was all washed away by one bad day.
Whether he likes it or not, McIlroy will have to hear for the next 365 days about his lack of consistency and how he can't win the Masters.
Winner: Marc Leishman
Golf fans, Marc Leishman. Marc Leishman, golf fans. Get to know each other.
Leishman wasn't exactly a household name when he woke up Thursday morning, but by the time he went to sleep, it's safe to say he was a bit more recognizable. His opening round score of 66 resulted in him holding the lead after Thursday.
For the rest of the tournament, Leishman didn't go away, either. The Australian was in the hunt all 72 holes and stayed very composed despite the high stakes.
The 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year has only won once since joining the tour, so it's safe to say that such a high finish at Augusta will not only help his fame and reputation, but his pocketbook as well.
Loser: Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson enjoyed a long stay near the top of the leaderboard early on, it was wiped away in an instant, and he spent Saturday and Sunday failing to make his way back.
After shooting a 67 to start out, Johnson surged through much of his second round, leading at seven-under at one point. But once the 14th hole came, Johnson's chances of winning quickly left. He double bogeyed twice to end that round with a 76.
Saturday's 74 only pushed him further from the leaders that he was earlier a part of, and despite a final round of 70, Johnson finished his Masters performance with nothing to show except a one-under-par final score.
Johnson's play early in the tournament was the best golf I saw all weekend, which makes his collapse that much more upsetting.
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