Masters Leaderboard 2013: Most Surprising Top 10 Finishes
The 2013 Masters tournament has come and passed in dramatic fashion, with Australian Adam Scott outlasting Argentina's Angel Cabrera in a two-hole playoff. The two went stroke-for-stroke, placing the ball at nearly the exact same locations with every shot.
As is often the case, however, the winner was not the only story—the true question is, who had the most surprising top-10 finishes?
Entering the Masters, we had a feel for how it would turn out. We knew that the stars would come out firing and there would be golfers with lesser reputations looking to join the ranks of legends.
With that being said, no one could have predicted exactly how this all would pan out.
First and foremost, VegasInsider.com gave Adam Scott 25/1 odds to win the Masters tournament entering the opening round of action. That placed him at fifth in terms of the best odds to win it all.
It's no secret why, as Scott has finished in the top 10 at each of the past two Masters.
The world was pleasantly surprised by Scott's poise during the closing holes of the tournament. Not only did he keep his head on right, but he sunk two huge putts on 18 and the final playoff hole.
In turn, Scott shocked the world and became the first Australian to win the Masters tournament.
Much like Adam Scott, Jason Day was an Australian looking to make history by winning a green jacket. Although Day eventually fell short in his bid, there was no shortage of outstanding moments for the 25-year-old.
In fact, Day was in the lead at nine-under after converting a birdie on the 69th hole.
Day would proceed to bogey both 16 and 17 before saving par on 18. Although this would push him back to third, one can't help but be encouraged by Day's flashes of brilliance throughout the course of this tournament.
After hitting a double bogey on the sixth hole of Round 1, Day went nine-under par the rest of the way and nearly won a green jacket.
The future is bright for this young man. Today was just a bump on the road to greatness.
In 2009, Marc Leishman won the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year award. Since then, has finished no better than 27th in major tournaments.
At the 2013 Masters, Leishman temporarily held the lead and ended up closing out in fourth.
Leishman stunned the world, shooting an opening-round 66 and taking a share of the lead into Round 2. After breaking even through 13 holes, however, Leishman fell victim to a bogey and ended up at five-under entering Round 3.
Still in contention.
During the third round, Leishman managed to sink five birdie putts. Unfortunately, he also fell victim to five separate bogeys.
During the final round of play, Leishman again broke even and ended up finishing at five under par. That was good for fourth on the leaderboard and thus completed a promising performance by the 29-year-old Australian.
Paired with Jason Day and Adam Scott, Leishman has helped to create a bright future for Australian golfers.
In 2012, Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark finished ninth at The Open Championship. In 2013, the 23-year-old attempted to follow up that performance with a brilliant showing at The Masters.
He didn't disappoint.
Olesen finished at four-under par during a tournament in which few expected him to make the cut. This comes after Olesen rested at six-over par entering the second round, after opening the tournament with a first-round 78.
Olesen fell all the way to seven-over par after falling to a bogey on the opening hole of Round 2.
From there on out, Olesen went 11-under and made a meteoric rise up the leaderboard. He went on to shoot a 70 in the second round and two 78s in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.
Barring that horrendous first round, Olesen could have won the green jacket with his performance on the final 53 holes.
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