Masters 2014 Leaderboard: Dissecting Day 4 Results and Standings

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Masters 2014 Leaderboard: Dissecting Day 4 Results and Standings
David J. Phillip

Unfamiliar faces followed Bubba Watson on the 2014 Masters leaderboard at Sunday's conclusion.

His top competition wasn't necessarily unknowns. They just weren't expected to perform nearly as well as they did.

Here is a final leaderboard of the 2014 Masters, as well as the tournament's top storylines.

 

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Watson Wins Again

Watson has now won two out of the last three Masters. It makes him the ninth golfer to ever achieve the feat and third since the turn of the century, according to ESPN. The other two: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

The first time Watson won the Masters, he had to defeat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff. Watson didn't let his competition get that close on Sunday.

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His Augusta dominance may come as a surprise to some. Since he won his first major tournament there in 2012, he hasn't finished in the top 10 in any other major. In fact, he only finished top 20 once since then.

 

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Old Men Rejuvenate

When Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters in 1986, he did so at 46 years old. To this day, he's the oldest golfer to ever pull it off. Several gave him a run for his money this weekend, though.

The 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez finished fourth with a score of four under par, and 56-year-old Bernhard Langer tied for eighth at even. Meanwhile, 54-year-old Fred Couples also finished tied for 20th, and he would've been higher if he hadn't struggled on Day 4.

Golf Digest's Mike O'Malley tweeted that Jimenez believes a senior golfer can shatter Nicklaus' mark:

 

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Spieth Starts Comparisons

Almost any time a golfer wins or nearly wins a major PGA tournament before he can vote, Tiger Woods comparisons are drawn. According to ESPN Stats & Info, if Jordan Spieth held on for the win when he led on Sunday, they would've been justified:

After recording a birdie on four of his first seven holes on Day 4, Spieth bogeyed three of his next five. He still finished tied for second on the tournament, though, never shooting over par for the day.

Spieth is still only 20 years old. And he won't turn 21 until after the U.S. Open and Open Championship this year. The 2013 PGA Tournament Rookie of the Year still has time to cement Woods comparisons and plenty of time to make history.

 

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor of Wade-O Radio.

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