US Open Golf Results 2013: Lesser-Known Golfers Who Stepped Up at Merion
It seems that in every major a new golfer comes onto the scene who has gone largely unnoticed, and this year's U.S. Open proved that true once again.
While there were a fair share of elite golfers at the top of the leaderboard and winner Justin Rose was a top-10 golfer in the world before the win, there were also a couple of underdogs among the pack that stepped up big time.
Let's take a look at who did so at the tough Merion Golf Club course this weekend.
No golfer improved his name recognition more than Billy Horschel did at Merion in this weekend's U.S. Open with a five-over score for the tournament.
The 26-year-old was an afterthought on the PGA Tour before Merion, but he made sure people started learning his name when he went in the clubhouse Friday as the co-leader with Phil Mickelson at one under par.
He even entered Sunday with a real shot at coming back, as he was just two shots off to start the day. His final-round 74 wasn't enough to put himself in contention late, but it got him a tie for a fourth-place finish that will have him earning $291,406, per ESPN.
Horschel has had a breakout year in 2013 even before action this weekend, but it'll only improve his recognition on the PGA Tour circuit. He handled Merion as well as almost any golfer in the field, and that alone is worthy of admiration.
Nicolas Colsaerts spent the first day near the top of the leaderboard after an opening-round 69, and his worst round of the tournament was a 74 on Saturday.
He rode that performance to a tie for 10th place at the 2013 U.S. Open, the best career finish he's had at the tournament.
Perhaps the most encouraging tidbit of information about Colsaerts' performance is that he failed to make the cut in the last two tournaments he appeared in.
Colsaerts has been around the game since turning pro in 2000, but he's yet to truly emerge as a threat in every tournament. He moved one step closer to changing that with a strong performance at Merion.
Despite not being talked about the entire tournament, Hideki Matsuyama found a way to sneak into a tie for 10th place with his seven-over par score for the major.
The 21-year-old is no stranger to major tournaments. He won the Silver Cup at the 2011 Masters, awarded to the tournament's lowest-scoring amateur player. Matsuyama also finished tied for 27th that year, and followed it up with a 54th-place finish the following year at Augusta National.
But this year was Matsuyama's first experience at a major not located in Augusta. He didn't act like it, finishing ahead of some of the world's biggest golf stars.
The up-and-coming Matsuyama has a great performance at Merion to build off of as he continues grow as a pro.
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