Masters 2013: Biggest Winners from Augusta National

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Masters 2013: Biggest Winners from Augusta National
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Another memorable week of action from Augusta National came to a close on Sunday, with Australian Adam Scott walking away with his first-ever green jacket.

Scott beat Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a memorable two-hole playoff victory that was filled with drama, tension and excitement.

The win gave Australia their first ever Masters win—something that seemed like it was potentially going to elude the Aussies once more.

Yet whilst Scott emerged as a big winner from the Masters this week, there were still several other players who also chalked up very strong performances from Augusta National—even if they won't get the recognition or credit that Scott will.

Read on to see the biggest winners from the 2013 Masters.

 

Jason Day

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Australian Jason Day will no doubt be devastated to have finished so close yet so far at Augusta once more, but the reality was that the World No. 21 was a huge winner from the Masters this year.

Day was again superb on the hallowed course—dominating the third round and early in the fourth to hold a key lead into the back nine. His chance at success dropped on the 16th and 17th holes with consecutive bogeys, but a third-place finished is still nothing to be ashamed of from Day, who cemented himself as a genuine contender at the Masters for years to come.

 

Thorbjorn Olesen

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Few people would have had Thorbjorn Olesen inside their top 10 before the start of the Masters this year. But thanks to some superb shot-making, the Norwegian star finished in a tie for sixth place to finish with one of the top finishes from his career.

Olesen—ranked 86th in the world coming into the event—had won just $354,300 in prize money prior to the Masters this year. Now, with $278,000 coming in from this event alone, he now stands poised to make himself one of the true up-and-coming talents in golf today.

Olesen's incredible run at the Masters this year was made even more remarkable by the fact he shot a six-over par 78 in the opening round.

On track to not even make the cut, he reeled off rounds of 70, 68 and 68 to finish inside the top 10 for a truly memorable day.

 

Steve Williams

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Caddy Steve Williams has had his fair share of controversy throughout the years, but the reality is that once again, Williams is a Masters-winning caddy—albeit with a different golfer than before.

Having been made famous throughout his time with Tiger Woods, Williams was perhaps the difference here for Scott down the stretch—calming him down when Cabrera came roaring back to force a playoff and then talking him through each and every shot.

Regardless of what pre-conceived ideas you might have about Williams, there's no denying that he was simply incredible for Scott this week. 

He deserved to see his boss wear the illustrious green jacket once more and was promptly rewarded with his prize on Sunday night. 

 

Tianlang Guan

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I'm not sure what I was doing at the age of 14, but I can guarantee you it was nothing spectacular. You're probably in the same boat as me with that.

Tianlang Guan, then, stands out as an incredible performer from this weekend, who at the age of just 14, mixed it with the best in the world at the Augusta National.

What's more, he made the cut and finished the tournament with names like Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson just one or two places ahead of his name on the final leaderboard.

Guan will now go back to doing his homework, but he's definitely a star to watch for the future—especially with the confidence he'll have gained from this week.

 

Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera

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Yet there were no bigger winners this week than that of Scott and Cabrera, who displayed exactly what makes the Masters such a memorable tournament indeed.

Neither deserved the green jacket any more or any less than the other, with both playing some incredibly clutch shots late to force a playoff—where they again, proceeded to hit more clutch shots.

Cabrera—ranked over 250th in the world—showed that he is just a natural talent; Scott won the first Masters title for Australia and seemingly ended the heartbreak from that infamous Greg Norman collapse against Nick Faldo in 1996.

Both players were perfect role models after the win—gracious in both victory and defeat—and certainly won over plenty of fans with their performances at Augusta.

Regardless of the final result.

 

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