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Masters 2013: Augusta Rookies That Outshined Established Veterans

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 24:  Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark watches his shot on the 1st hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 24, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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John RozumCorrespondent IApril 14, 2013

The 2013 Masters taught us that experience—to a certain degree—is irrelevant.

For one, Phil Mickelson had one forgettable performance along with the likes of Bubba Watson and Vijay Singh. And despite Tiger Woods' top-10 finish, these seasoned veterans were collectively outshined by some Augusta rookies.

Check out the updated results below, courtesy of PGA.com.

At its essence, expect the following young professionals to continue making a name for themselves as the season progresses.

 

Thorbjorn Olesen

Thorbjorn Olesen finished the tournament at minus-four, which was good enough for a top 10 place.

Even better was Olesen's ability to regain focus after a horrific start. He shot a 78 in Round 1 that also featured two double-bogeys. Fortunately, Olesen made a quick turnaround by hitting 70 in Round 2.

It was the next two sets of 18 that propelled him up the leaderboard.

In Rounds 3 and 4, he stroked 68, while also scoring just seven bogeys. During this 36-hole span, Olesen even scored one eagle and built incredible consistency for birdies. What also saved him was going minus-13 altogether on par five holes.

Now it's just a matter of improving on par threes and fours to reach the next level of dominance.


John Huh

John Huh closed out his initial Masters display at minus-two.

And if he revealed anything, it was the talent to rebound in Round 4 after a tough outing in Round 2. In Round 1 Huh teed off by finishing minus-two, which was definitely a solid start.

The downside was feeling the pressure thereafter, and Huh slid back to plus-two entering the last slate of 18: went plus-five in Round 2 and minus-one in Round 3.

Throughout the final 18 holes, he knocked seven pars but did take a hit with a double-bogey on White Dogwood (No. 11). For the tournament Huh scored 47 pars, so that's something to build from. Ultimately, avoiding multiple double-bogeys will jolt him up the rankings as the year moves onward.


Branden Grace

Branden Grace did not fare as well as Olesen or Huh, but the guy finished even which is still quite solid.

At the beginning, though, Grace dug himself a hole after Round 1 by scoring plus-six. But he immediately settled down and shot minus-two in the second round, minus-one in Round 3 and then minus-three in the last 18.

Initially crushing Grace's odds were two double-bogeys in the first 18 and then a third in the final round. Avoiding these will obviously bolster his game, but in terms of tournament play, inflate Grace's competitive impact.

Flip the final double-bogey (Flowering Crab Apple, No. 4) to a bogey or just par and Grace slides into the top 15. In short, he's not far away from becoming a legit tournament-to-tournament contender.

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