2013 Masters: 10 Dark-Horse Candidates to Watch


When the Masters kicks off on Thursday, we know Tiger Woods won’t blow us out of the water. We expect the guy to play a damn good game of golf. What could make the tournament more entertaining, though, is a dark-horse candidate stirring up trouble on the greens.

While we wouldn’t put a huge wad of cash on a newbie beating out one of the biggest names in golf, our friends at Bleacher Report feel that these 10 underdogs still have a pretty good shot at slipping on the green jacket come Sunday night. Why these guys? They’ve either had great careers or their games are so good that they are naturally set up for breakout performances in Augusta (just like Bubba Watson last year). A couple dark horses to watch:

  1. Dustin Johnson: He’s got tournament-winning talent, but has yet to close the deal. Johnson’s near misses in 2010 at both the U.S. Open and the PGA are evidence that he’s inching closer to a top spot.
  2. Jim Furyk: He has four top-10 Masters finishes, including a pair of fourth-place finishes in 1998 and 2003.

To see the rest of the list, click on over to Bleacher Report, and for tips on how to improve your own skills, read 4 Putting Drills to Crank Up Your Golf Game.