2011 Masters Results: 10 Relative Unknowns Preparing for a Weekend Run

Mark MillerCorrespondent IApril 8, 2011

2011 Masters Results: 10 Relative Unknowns Preparing for a Weekend Run

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    With one day of the 2011 Masters in the books, there are a few notable names on the first page of the leader board.

    The typical mainstays like Tiger and Phil are lurking a bit further back, while a younger crowd works on building their tournament resumes.

    The top ten of a leader board typically looks drastically different on Sunday, and 2011 will likely be no different.

    With big names ready to make a charge for the weekend, some relatively unknown players plan on crashing the party as they make their presence known.

1. Hiroyuki Fujita

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    Opening Round Score: -2 (70: T14)

    With an opening round 70, Hiroyuki Fujita should have the confidence to post a repeat performance on Friday and punch his ticket to the weekend.

    The 41-year-old native of Japan has one top 10 in three events this season, and with today's three birdies and an eagle Fujita has shown that he can go low when necessary.

2. Jason Bohn

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    Opening Round Score: -1 (71: T24)

    Jason Bohn certainly had an up and down round today. With four birdies and five bogeys in his round he'll need to gain some consistency if he plans on making it to the weekend.

3. Gregory Havret

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    Opening Round Score: -2 (70: T14)

    In his first appearance on American soil this season, Gregory Havret made his mark on Augusta National.

    The 34-year-old Frenchman birdied six holes on his way to an opening round 70. With four bogeys in the round, Havret will need to hit the ball straighter in order to capitalize on pin positioning before making a run at the weekend.

4. Peter Uiehlen

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    Opening Round Score: E (72: T32)

    The 2010 U.S. Amateur is trying his best to live up to his billing as the "future of golf." Using his exemption to his advantage, Peter Uiehlen scored an even par 72 today, posing the low amateur round of the day.

    His ability to hit fairways should allow him to score slightly better on Friday. If he's able to putt with precision it's not out of the question to expect that he may be contending very soon.

5. D.A. Points

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    Opening Round Score: E (72: T32)

    With one win on tour this year, the golf world has gotten a bit of a taste of D.A. Points.

    In nine events this season, he has made eight cuts and appears poised to do the same at Augusta.

    Playing in his first Masters, Points shot an even par 72 and is tied for 32nd. After nine pars to start his round, Points' back nine took a turn as he birdied three holes and bogeyed three more. He'll need to gain some stability in order to contend as the week moves along.

6. Ryan Moore

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    Opening Round Score: -2 (70: T14)

    With only one career win on his resume, Ryan Moore hasn't yet made his name known across the spectrum of the PGA Tour.

    The 28-year-old did place a top-20 finish in the 2005 Masters ending up in 15th place and earning low amateur honors, but has only played at Augusta once since.

    In his quest to improve on that personal best, Moore shot a -2, 70 today and currently sits in a good position to earn an afternoon start this weekend.

7. Ross Fisher

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    Opening Round Score: -3 (69: T7)

    With four European Tour titles to his name, Ross Fisher is likely a well-known name across the pond.

    In America however, that's a different story. Fisher has made three cuts on tour this season but has yet to finish in the top 10.

    In his two previous Masters appearances he has once made the cut, finishing 30th in 2009. His opening round 69 might be an indicator that he's in a zone and plans to leave his mark on the course as well as the collective population at Augusta this weekend.

8. Gary Woodland

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    Opening Round Score: -3 (69: T7)

    With one win on tour this season, Gary Woodland is well on his way to making a name for himself. The 26-year-old Kansas native shot an opening round 69 that included five birdies and an eagle and currently sits in seventh place.

9. Charl Schwartzel

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    Opening Round Score: -3 (69: T7)

    Another well-known player internationally, Charl Schwartzel is making just his second start at Augusta.

    The 26-year-old South African has won six European Tour events and five Sunshine Tour events.

    With an opening round that included three birdies and an eagle, Schwartzel played the par-threes impeccably well and would be well-suited to do much of the same as the week progresses.

10. Alvaro Quiros

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    Opening Round Score: -7 (65: T1)

    Having never made a cut at the Masters, you wouldn't have been blamed if you had completely overlooked Alvaro Quiros when filling out your Masters office pool.

    The 28-year-old Spaniard drained eight birdies today en route to a share of the lead at seven under.

    Having only played in the WGC events domestically this year, we haven't had much of an opportunity to observe the play of Quiros.

    He has, however, been an effective member of the European Tour, winning five events since 2006.

    It's a rarity that the individual holding the opening round lead ends up putting on the green jacket on Sunday afternoon, but with the way Quiros is striking the ball you'd have to think he'll certainly be in contention.