2014 Masters: The Biggest Surprises at Augusta

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2014 Masters: The Biggest Surprises at Augusta
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In just his sixth Masters appearance, Bubba Watson captured his second green jacket.

Watson was a wizard around Augusta National Golf Club from start to finish, posting a Sunday 69 for an eight-under par, 280.

He demolished par-fives with his gargantuan length and patented right to left fade that caused his ball to move like a parenthesis. His ability to not just visualize, but execute shots with creativity and precision distinguished him from this deep, prestigious field of players. Lastly, his short game was beyond sharp, posting 10 one-putts on the week and on some of the fastest, most deceptive greens in perhaps the entire country.

Although this was a Masters devoid of golf's No. 1 ranked player, Tiger Woods, for the first time in 20 years, there were special, unexpected storylines that continued to unravel throughout the year's first major.

There was a sneaky feeling that Fred Couples might contend as he has many times at Augusta, but nobody foresaw three players over the age of 50 finishing inside the top 25.

As much as Watson deserves the spotlight for winning his second green jacket, Jordan Spieth stole the show. The 20-year-old was tied for the 54-hole lead at his very first Masters and never posted a round over par, a feat that not even Bubba earned this week.

Perhaps most surprising of all, though, was not necessarily who was atop the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon, but who wasn't. Many of golf's most elite players, ranging from Phil Mickelson to Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson, missed the cut at the Masters.

Read on for the biggest surprises of the 2014 Masters.

 

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