Thorbjorn Olesen was among the surprising performers at the 2013 Masters.
There were plenty of surprises at the 2013 Masters. Tiger Woods forgetting the rules about where to drop the golf ball after hitting into a hazard, Sergio Garcia sitting on top at Augusta National after the opening round and 14-year old Tianlang Guan making the cut were just a few the unforeseeable events.
Unfortunately, Guan was the only one of those players able to live up to their expectations the for the first major championship of the year. Guan did not finish anywhere near the top of the leaderboard, though, unlike the four golfers who shocked us at the Masters.
Three of biggest surprises this week were relatively unknown entering the chase for the green jacket, while the other simply provided us with a breakthrough performance we have not seen from him before.
Marc Leishman made a name for himself at the 2013 Masters.
In just his second appearance at the Masters, Aussie Marc Leishman managed to remain level-headed for much of the competition en route to a four-day total score of five-under-par. Leishman actually held the lead at six-under-par after the first day, but wound up finishing tied for fourth place.
There were not a whole lot of people who knew of Leishman, who was the 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, before the 2013 Masters. For the remainder of the year, Leishman will be a dark-horse for everyone to keep their eyes out for.
Although Leishman never made a serious push to win the green jacket on Sunday, he kept himself in the hunt for the entire week. Scores of 66, 73, 72 and 72 are not too shabby for a guy who had only made three cuts in six major championships prior to last week at Augusta.
Leishman looks like he is just getting started, which is a great sign for the game of golf.
Thorbjorn Olesen turned in four impressive rounds in his first career Masters appearance.
One of the brightest young stars on the PGA Tour right now is Thorbjorn Olesen, and his performance at the Masters only further validated this statement. Olesen had a wild week to say the least, but managed to overcome a disastrous opening round to finish in a tie for sixth place.
A pair of double bogeys, five bogeys and just three birdies left Olesen sitting at six-over-par on Thursday. The Copenhagen, Denmark product carded a two-under-par 70 on day two, which allowed him to hang around the for weekend. Back-to-back rounds of 68 put Olesen on the front page of the leaderboard.
Playing well in majors has not been much of a problem for Olesen thus far in his career. Olesen now has two top 10s and a top 30 finish in the last three majors.
As long as Olesen remains inside the top 60 of the world golf rankings -- he is currently ranked No. 40 -- the 23-year old will find himself playing in the U.S. Open for the first time. Olesen would be a great sleeper pick to win at Merion Golf Club in June.
John Huh is a name people will become more familiar with soon enough.
Another rising star on the PGA Tour who put together a solid week at the Masters is John Huh, who was named the Rookie of the Year in 2012. Huh carded rounds of 70, 77, 71 and 68 to finish at two-under-par, which put him in a tie for eleventh place.
Despite the fact Huh had never played in the Masters before, he putted well and poured in a total of 13 birdies and one eagle in four rounds at Augusta.
There are several years remaining in Huh's young career and a great performance in a major can help put golfers on the map. Huh accomplished that down south. Next up for Huh will be to win one of the coveted major championships.
Watch out for Huh going forward, because the 22-year old has already won once on tour and should be in the hunt for his second win several times this year.
Adam Scott is now a major champion.
Tiger Woods appeared to be the favorite entering the 2013 Masters, which makes first-time major winner Adam Scott one of the biggest surprises of the week. Scott topped Angel Cabrera with a birdie on the second playoff hole to become the first Australian to ever win a green jacket.
The No. 7 ranked player in the world turned in scores of 69, 72, 69 and 69 to finish at nine-under-par for the week. Putting, which was once the weakest part of Scott's game, won the tournament for the former UNLV Rebel. A few years ago, the two long putts on No. 18 and the second playoff hole would not have fallen for Scott. With more confidence in his stroke, though, Scott sunk both of them on Sunday.
Performing well at the Masters has not been a problem for Scott as of late, but he had yet to close one out. Scott finished in a tie for second in 2011 and tied for eighth last year.
Additionally, Scott has placed no worse than a tie for 15th in seven of the last nine majors. It seemed as if it was only a matter of time before Scott finished one off. Thankfully, Scott put one away at Augusta.
The future looks bright for Scott, who will not have to deal with the pressure of closing out his first major any longer. Do not be surprised to see Scott in contention for the entire week at the U.S. Open in June.