Masters 2013: Impressive Performances Overshadowed by Epic Final Round Playoff

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14:  Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark on the second hole during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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While Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera stole the show at Augusta National this past weekend, battling through a two-hole playoff for the coveted green jacket at the 2013 Masters, a number of impressive performances flew under the radar.

Two 23-year-olds stepped up on Sunday to finish towards the top, while a veteran rallied to post the day's top score.

Below we'll revisit a trio of spectacular performances that were overshadowed by Sunday's thrilling finish on the 10th hole at Augusta.


Rory McIlroy

After coming completely unraveled in Saturday's third round, shooting a seven-over 79, two-time major champion Rory McIlory fought back on Sunday, picking up four birdies to finish with a three-under 69—a 10-stroke improvement from his third-round performance.

A huge favorite coming into the 2013 Masters, McIlroy's two double bogeys on the back nine Saturday put the green jacket well out of reach, but that didn't stop him from playing one of the best rounds on Sunday.

While McIlroy was too far back to warrant any attention in the final round, he was one of the day's biggest movers, rising up 19 spots from 44th to finish tied for 25th.

That's quite an impressive accomplishment for the world No. 2 just hours after a hideous third-round effort.


Thorbjorn Olesen

Twenty-three-year-old Dane Thorbjorn Olesen shocked the golf universe this past weekend with his sixth place finish at the year's first major.

Olesen, playing the Masters for the first time, shot a six-over 78 on Day 1, but quickly discovered his rhythm, shooting under par the rest of the way, even posting back-to-back four-under 68s on Saturday and Sunday to finish right alongside Brandt Snedeker in the top 10.

The rising star displayed his endless potential at the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham last summer, finishing tied for ninth, but the incredible three-day performance at Augusta from Friday to Sunday was something we've not yet seen from Olesen.

He was able to overcome 10 bogeys over the final 54 holes by picking up 18 birdies and an impressive eagle on the 13th hole on Saturday.


David Toms

2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms battled back from two straight poor performances on Friday and Saturday to shoot a five-under 67 in Sunday's final round, tying fellow American Michael Thompson for the day's best score.

The 46-year-old would finish tied for 13th at one under for the tournament, marking his best finish at the Masters since 2007, when he finished seventh.

Toms posted 11 bogeys and one double bogey over a 32-hole span from Friday to Saturday, but was near flawless on Sunday, recording six birdies over the last 12 holes, including three straight on the back nine to finish strong and turn out one of the top performances of the weekend.

Including Thompson, only five other golfers managed to shoot a five-under 67 in any round this year at the Masters, making Toms' final-round effort one of the best despite being overshadowed by Sunday's memorable finish.



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