The Masters 2013: Biggest Surprises from Augusta National

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 15, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14:  (L-R) Adam Scott of Australia celebrates with 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson after Scott wins the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Masters is in the books, with Australian Adam Scott the latest golfer to be awarded the prestigious green jacket for his achievements at Augusta.

The week was certainly not one without it's fair share of drama and excitement, with several big surprises emerging throughout the weekend—some of which we'll likely take a while to move on from.

What were the biggest surprises from the 2013 Masters at Augusta National?

Read on and find out.


14-Year-Old Sensation Tianlang Guan Makes Cut

Few people had heard of Tianlang Guan two months before the 2013 Masters, but after qualifying for the prestigious tournament, Guan was suddenly a star.

At just 14 years old, the Chinese star not only wowed the world by making it to the Masters at such a young age, but then began to play very well—becoming the only amateur to make the cut this year—and seemingly etching his name in the history books forever.

Guan finished with an even 300 for the tournament, but his performance at Augusta National this year was more than just birdies and score cards.

To do what he did at his age was a simply incredible achievement—one that few saw coming, but should definitely be recognized as spectacular. 


Thorbjorn Olesen Explodes on to the Scene

Thorbjorn Olesen is a rising European star who seemingly announced himself to the world with some breathtaking shots at the Masters this year.

Olesen finished in a tie for sixth—his best ever finish at a major—which was simply incredible given the fact that he shot a six-over par 78 in the first round.

On Sunday alone he produced seven birdies in 15 holes. 

From being on the brink of missing the cut to finishing just outside the top five at the Masters, Olesen showed he has a very bright future on the PGA Tour. At just 23 years of age, he's definitely a name to watch out for in years to come.


Phil Mickelson Flops Spectacularly

With a history seemingly as rich as the tournament itself, Phil Mickelson seemed destined to continue his strong run of form at the Masters this year.

After all, Lefty had finished in the top 10 in seven of his past 10 Masters tournaments and won a third of those coming into this year, but he didn't even come close to producing that form here.

Mickelson started strong (shooting one-under in the opening round), but soon fell apart—finishing nine-over par in a tie for 54th. 

Only four players who made the cut finished lower than Mickelson.


Adam Scott Wins Despite Putting Woes

Adam Scott surprised many to win the 2013 Masters, but given his strong performances at Augusta, the fact that he finally broke through wasn't all that surprising.

What was surprising, however, was the fact that he did it with pathetic putting, which fortunately came back to him on the final three holes this year.

Scott averaged 1.67 putts per hole for the tournament, with that number shooting out to 1.75 for the final two rounds. In fact, Scott finished with the fifth-worse final-round putting percentage out of all the players—yet still managed to pull off the win. 

A monster putt on the 18th hole gave him an incredible birdie—which would send him to a playoff against Angel Cabrera—where another big putt would end up winning him the tournament. For a man who hadn't been putting well all day, this was arguably the biggest surprise of them all this week.


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