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Masters Leaderboard 2013: Biggest Surprises from This Weekend at Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14:  Bubba Watson of the United States hits a shot on the fourth tee during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IApril 14, 2013

Australian golfers are dominating the top of the leaderboard at the 2013 Masters—just one of the many surprises from Augusta National this weekend. 

Angel Cabrera currently leads the field at nine-under par, with Jason Day nipping at his heels two strokes behind. 

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods is struggling in a major way, missing greens, failing to judge his putts correctly and generally playing mediocre golf right now. 

The leaders still have a lot of golf left to play on Sunday. Most of them are still in the middle of the front nine.

There are sure to be a few more surprises in store down the home stretch, but for now, these are the biggest surprises from this weekend's action, as of 4:15 p.m. ET. 

 

Australian Dominance

Somewhere, Greg Norman is either smiling or crying—perhaps doing both at the same time. Norman had an excellent chance to win the Masters in 1996, but he ultimately lost the tournament in one of the most memorable fails in golf history. 

Day (-7), Adam Scott (-6) and Marc Leishman (-4) are all on the front page of the leaderboard at this point. Scott and Day have both been in contention at Augusta before, but Leishman hadn't even made the cut until this year. 

No Australian has ever won at Augusta, but the way these three men are playing, this might finally be the year to break the mold. 

 

Bubba Watson Plummets Down the Leaderboard

Last year's winner, Watson hasn't done a good job defending his title in 2013. 

He barely made the cut, posting a mark of four-over par through the first two rounds. Watson then scrambled back with a two-under round of 70 on Saturday, setting up a potential run up the leaderboard with a hot round on Sunday. 

Unfortunately, his final round hasn't gone according to plan. He posted three bogeys and four birdies in the first 11 holes before completely melting down on No. 12.

No. 12 is a innocuous-seeming par-three—155-yard hole that appears easy to the naked eye. 

It took Watson 10 strokes to get the ball into the hole on Sunday, as he hit it into Rae's Creek three times. 

Not the title defense he was looking for, we're sure. 

 

Rickie Fowler Melting Down on Sunday

Fowler played brilliantly through three rounds. He entered Round 4 as a contender, in ninth place at two-under par.

Unfortunately, he completely lost his momentum on Sunday.

Through seven holes, Fowler is six-over par.

He bogeyed No. 1, birdied No. 2 and then went on a five-hole bogey-or-worse streak from No. 3 to No. 7. 

Fowler is a one-time winner on the PGA Tour, and he's never been a contender at Augusta before this year's Masters. It's possible that the pressure of the moment got to him on Sunday.

Hopefully, the young man will be able to bounce back on the back nine. At the least, he can use this meltdown as a constructive learning experience for the years to come. 

 

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