Race to Dubai 2013 Standings: Predicting Post-BMW Masters Leaders

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Race to Dubai 2013 Standings: Predicting Post-BMW Masters Leaders
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The BMW Masters kicked off on Thursday as the best in European golf took the stage at the 2013 Race to Dubai.

Europe's equivalent of the FedEx Cup, the season-long race spans 25 countries and 46 tournaments. With 18 holes in the books at the BMW Masters, expect more excitement as the tournament goes on.

Let's take a look at predictions of the Race to Dubai leaders after this weekend's tournament.

2013 Race to Dubai: Projected Standings After BMW Masters
Rank Golfer
1 Henrik Stenson
2 Graeme McDowell
3 Justin Rose
4 Richard Sterne
5 Matteo Manassero
6 Brett Rumford
7 Branden Grace
8 Peter Uihlein
9 Ernie Els
10 Thomas Bjorn


BMW Masters Day 1 Standouts

Luke Guthrie (-7)

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With the PGA Tour done, American Luke Guthrie has taken his talents to Europe for the BMW Masters and got out to an early lead with a stellar round.

At seven-under par, Guthrie holds a three-shot lead over John Daly in a leaderboard that is loaded with American golfers. Peter Uihlein, the only other American in the field, is alone in third place at three-under. 

According to an Associated Press report via ESPN, Guthrie's round of 65 was 9.67 shots better than the course average for Thursday.

It's a rare appearance in Europe for Guthrie, but it could not have started any better as the 23-year-old is in the driver's seat for the BMW Masters. 

John Daly (-4)

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John Daly returned from a three-month absence on Thursday, and got off to a hot start with a four-under round of 68 to ease into second place.

Daly missed much of the season after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his elbow, according to Golf Channel.  

The popular American golfer didn't record a single bogey on the day, and after only playing in 12 events this year before Thursday's return, it's a promising start for the 47-year-old.

Graeme McDowell (-3)

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While the start of the tournament has been dominated by American golfers, the three U.S. natives have one of Europe's best on their tails.

Graeme McDowell got off to a strong start on Thursday's opening round, posting a round of 69 and proving to be a contender for what would be his third win of the Tour season.

Second in the Race to Dubai standings to Henrik Stenson, who owns a massive lead, McDowell will need to tear it up over the final few tournaments.

If he plays like he did Thursday, he might end up having a chance at doing so.

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