The Masters 2013: Young Golfers Who Showed Their Potential at Augusta
It's one thing for a veteran with experience to excel at the Masters, but when a young player shows talent and resolve down the stretch at Augusta, it's hard to ignore.
Several young golfers impressed at the 2013 Masters, including one individual who is 14 years old.
Not only did some of these golfers post solid scores in respect to their age, some of them also stepped up in the final round when the pressure was the greatest.
Here's a look at some young golfers who showed plenty of potential in the 2013 Masters.
You can't say enough about 23-year-old Thorbjorn Olesen. The Dane finished in a tie for sixth place in his first appearance at the Masters, scoring a four-under 284.
Olesen notched a tournament-high 21 birdies through four days, as well as one eagle (via Masters.com). That included seven birdies on the final day. He closed like a veteran, posting consecutive 68's in his final two rounds at Augusta.
Olesen also finished in the top 10 at the Masters in driving distance.
Not only was it the Dane's first appearance in the Masters, it was just his eighth career PGA Tour event. He finished ninth in his second appearance at the British Open last year, and he's posted two top-10 finishes in five PGA Tour events this year, including a seventh-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Olesen ranks in the top 30 on tour in driving distance and driving accuracy this year, according to PGATour.com.
Fellow Dane Thomas Bjorn said of Olesen, via the Telegraph, “His talent will take him wherever he wants to go.”
After winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan made the cut in his first career appearance at the Masters.
The youngster trailed off in the final two days at Augusta, but his score of 73 in the first round showed the potential this young man has. He had five bogeys on Day 1, but he also notched four birdies, including a beautiful putt on the 18th to close the day. It showed his resolve on the biggest stage in golf.
Guan obviously has a long ways to go in his development as a golfer, but he showed at a very young age that he has what it takes to compete with the pros. He ranked second in the field in putting per hole (via Masters.com). That included averaging 1.39 putts per hole on Day 1 and 1.44 putts per hole on Day 4, both among the best marks in the field for each respective day.
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In his first career appearance at the Masters this year, 22-year-old John Huh finished in a tie for 11th place with a two-under 286. That included posting a 68 on the final day at Augusta, notching six birdies and one eagle along the way.
Huh ranked third in the field at Augusta in driving accuracy and ranked in the top 15 in greens-in-regulation percentage, via Masters.com.
This is only the second year on tour for Huh. He had four top-10 finishes, including one win (Mayakoba Golf Classic) last year. He ranks 39th on tour in driving accuracy, per PGATour.com.
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