By the end of Day 4 at the 2013 Masters, there was a nice mix of veterans and surprises.
Adam Scott captured his first career green jacket (and first major, for that matter) after winning a playoff against 42-year-old Angel Cabrera, becoming the first Australian to win the prestigious tournament.
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Fellow Australian Jason Day—who finished second at the Masters in 2011—finished third this year.
Tiger Woods ended up finishing in a tie for fourth with a five-under-par 283.
None other than Australian Marc Leishman—who missed the cut in his only appearance at the Masters in 2010—also ended up with a five-under 283.
Top-20 players Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia placed in the top 10.
Thorbjorn Olesen, the 23-year-old from Denmark, finished in a tie for sixth in his first appearance at the Masters.
Scott, Cabrera and Snedeker all ranked in the top 10 in greens-in-regulation percentage.
Woods and Olesen ranked in the top 10 in driving distance.
Snedeker was the only one in the group to rank in the top 10 in driving accuracy.
Olesen had the best score in the group on Day 4 (four-under 68), while Scott was second with a three-under 69. Olesen ended the tournament with two 68s, while Scott ended it with two 69s.
Olesen's performance at the Masters should be noted. Not only was it the Dane's first career appearance at Augusta, it was also just his eighth career PGA Tour event. He's posted two top-10 finishes in five PGA Tour events this year, including a seventh-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He also finished ninth in his second career appearance at the British Open last year.
It's actually a good sign for Tiger that he finished fourth at the Masters despite his putting game failing him on the final day (1.72 putts per hole). He was 6-of-7 in sand-save attempts.
If the 14-time majors champion can get his putting game back on track, there's no reason to believe he can't capture a major this year.
As for Scott, he appears to be coming into his own right now. The 32-year-old has vastly improved his putting game this year, evidenced by his 20-foot putt on hole No. 18 and his 12-foot putt on the second playoff hole on Sunday.
Scott's performance at the Masters could be a springboard for the Australian moving forward.