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2013 Masters Top Player Biographies
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Keegan BradleyMasters Stats

Age: 26
Country: USA
World Rank: 11th
Appearances: 1
Cuts Made: 1
Rounds played: 4
2012 Finish: T27
Best Finish: T27 (2012)
Low Round: 69 (R4 '12)
Scoring Average: 72.50
Money Won: $56,800
Bradley has played as much golf as almost anyone in the field, as he has already made 10 starts on the PGA Tour. He is eighth on the money list and shares the tour lead with five top-10 finishes this year. The 2011 PGA Champion has the length and all-around game to compete at Augusta and has had four straight top-10s, so he is playing well. This is just his second start at The Masters, so inexperience could hurt him. Bradley tied for 27th in his first appearance last year.
Luke DonaldMasters Stats

Age: 35
Country: England
World Rank: 4th
Appearances: 8
Cuts Made: 6
Rounds played: 28
2012 Finish: T32
Best Finish: T3 (2005)
Low Round: 68
(Three times most recently - R4 '12)
Scoring Average: 72.46
Money Won: $1,040,577
Last year, Donald entered the season's first major as the top-ranked player in the world and was coming off a victory. This time around, Donald is coming off his first missed cut of 2013. He had played the weekend in his previous three stroke-play events. In Tampa Bay, he was tied with eventual winner Kevin Streelman after two rounds, but ended four back. Donald, who is still looking for his first major championship title, has gone 15-under par in his two top-five finishes at Augusta, but 19-over par the other four times he made the cut.
Ernie ElsMasters Stats

Age: 43
Country: South Africa
World Rank: 24th
Appearances: 18
Cuts Made: 14
Rounds played: 64
2012 Finish: Did Not Play
Best Finish: 2nd (2000, 2004)
Low Round: 66 (R2 '03)
Scoring Average: 72.09
Money Won: $2,234,945
After 18 consecutive appearances, Els failed to qualify for last year's tournament. The South African had five straight top-25 finishes leading into the 2012 Masters, but that wasn't enough to get into the field. Els was also distraught at not getting a special invite. He went on to win his fourth major championship last year as he won the British Open by one stroke when Adam Scott bogeyed the final four holes of regulation. Els has six top-10 finishes at Augusta, including five in a row from 2000-04. Els book-ended that stretch with runner-up finishes.
Sergio GarciaMasters Stats

Age: 33
Country: Spain
World Rank: 16th
Appearances: 14
Cuts Made: 10
Rounds played: 48
2012 Finish: T12
Best Finish: T4 (2004)
Low Round: 66 (R4 '04)
Scoring Average: 73.01
Money Won: $821,967
One of the best ball-strikers in the game, Garcia has a surprisingly poor record at Augusta. He has made the cut in 10 of his 14 appearances, but owns just two top-10 finishes. His share of fourth in 2004 was his best finish. He withdrew in his last start at Bay Hill when a weather delay struck, but hadn't finished outside the top 17 in his previous six worldwide starts in '13. Still searching for that elusive first major. The Spaniard has the long game and a creative short game that will be helpful at Augusta, but as always with Garcia, it will depend on his putting. If he putts well, you'll see the player that has just two over-par scores in 23 rounds this year.
Dustin JohnsonMasters Stats

Age: 28
Country: USA
World Rank: 19th
Appearances: 3
Cuts Made: 3
Rounds played: 12
2012 Finish: Did Not Play
Best Finish: T30 (2009)
Low Round: 68 (R2 '11)
Scoring Average: 72.50
Money Won: $117,875
Johnson missed The Masters last year after tweaking his back before the tournament. He made the cut in his previous three starts, but hasn't cracked the top 30. Won the season-opening Tournament of Champions, then went through a rough patch in his next six starts. Tied for 12th at Doral and shared fourth in Houston in his last two starts, so Johnson is playing well entering this week. If he can continue his stretch of eight straight rounds of par or better, Johnson will be a contender this week.
Matt KucharMasters Stats

Age: 34
Country: USA
World Rank: 10th
Appearances: 6
Cuts Made: 5
Rounds played: 22
2012 Finish: T3
Best Finish: T3 (2012)
Low Round: 68
(Twice - most recently R1 '11)
Scoring Average: 72.36
Money Won: $512,975
Kuchar and last year's champ Bubba Watson were the only two players to break par in every round in 2012. Won the Match Play earlier this year to go with previous titles at The Barclays, a FedExCup playoff event, and the 2012 Players Championship. Winning a major is the only thing left for Kuchar, who went 2-1 at the Ryder Cup last fall. Prior to contending last year, Kuchar hadn't cracked the top 20 in his first five starts at Augusta. If he can repeat his putting performance from the Match Play, he'll be tough to beat this week.
Hunter MahanMasters Stats

Age: 30
Country: USA
World Rank: 21st
Appearances: 6
Cuts Made: 4
Rounds played: 20
2012 Finish: T12
Best Finish: T8 (2010)
Low Round: 66 (R1 '09)
Scoring Average: 71.85
Money Won: $587,227
Mahan has been hit or miss at The Masters. He missed the cut twice, and finished tied for 12th or better three times in the last four years. Coming off a missed cut in Houston, but finished second to Kuchar at the Match Play. Hasn't finished better than tied for sixth in a major. Posted two top-20 finishes in the majors last year after notching two in the previous two seasons combined. Has plenty of game, but needs to improve on his finishes at the four majors.
Rory McilroyMasters Stats

Age: 23
Country: Northern Ireland
World Rank: 2nd
Appearances: 4
Cuts Made: 3
Rounds played: 14
2012 Finish: T40
Best Finish: T15 (2011)
Low Round: 65 (R1 '11)
Scoring Average: 72.42
Money Won: $241,859
The former world No. 1 has had a tough start to the year to say the least, but is coming off a second-place finish at the Texas Open. He tied for eighth at Doral on the strength of a final-round 65, but that came after a missed cut, a first-round loss at the Match Play and a withdrawal. Has shot in the 60s in just three of 14 rounds at Augusta. Was in control heading into the final round in 2011, but had a horrific back nine and tumbled into a tie for 15th, which stands as his best finish. Added the Texas Open to get in a few more competitive rounds, and it worked as he fired a 66 in the final round to put pressure on eventual winner Martin Laird.
Phil MickelsonMasters Stats

Age: 42
Country: USA
World Rank: 9th
Appearances: 20
Cuts Made: 19
Rounds played: 78
2012 Finish: T3
Best Finish: 1st (2004, 2006, 2010)
Low Round: 65 (R1 '96)
Scoring Average: 70.97
Money Won: $6,802,780
If Mickelson follows the pattern of his season results, this could be his week to collect his fourth green jacket and his fifth major championship title. He has followed two so-so results with a win in Phoenix. After two more average finishes, he shared third at Doral. Mickelson missed the cut and shared 16th in his last two events. Sensing that pattern? Dating to his last Masters win in 2010, Mickelson has broken par in eight of his last 12 rounds at Augusta. There have been just six champions to win The Masters in their 40s.
Louis OosthuizenMasters Stats

Age: 30
Country: South Africa
World Rank: 6th
Appearances: 4
Cuts Made: 1
Rounds played: 10
2012 Finish: 2
Best Finish: 2 (2012)
Low Round: 68 (R1 '12)
Scoring Average: 72.90
Money Won: $884,374
Oosthuizen made the cut last year for the first time at Augusta. His double-eagle on the second hole in the final round was the shot of the tournament, for about four hours. That was when Bubba Watson hit a stellar wedge shot from the trees to beat Oosthuizen on the second playoff hole. Oosthuizen has finished in the top 21 in five of the last 10 majors. He won his first start of 2013 in his native South Africa, but has as many missed cuts (two) as top-20 finishes since that win. The 2010 British Open champion would be tough to beat if he can rekindle his play from last year's Masters.
Ian PoulterMasters Stats

Age: 37
Country: England
World Rank: 12th
Appearances: 8
Cuts Made: 8
Rounds played: 32
2012 Finish: 7th
Best Finish: 7th (2012)
Low Round: 68
(Three times - most recently R2 '10)
Scoring Average: 72.38
Money Won: $860,476
Has yet to miss a cut at The Masters, but has only two top-10 finishes in eight starts. Poulter has just five starts this year, and hasn't closed well. He made the semifinals at the Match Play, but lost that match and the consolation match as well. In his last three stroke-play events, he has shot 75 in two of those final rounds, and owns a similar record at Augusta. His closing 69 last year was his lowest final-round score at The Masters, where he averages 73.25 in his eight final rounds. If he is to contend this week, he'll have to improve on that mark.
Justin RoseMasters Stats

Age: 32
Country: England
World Rank: 3rd
Appearances: 7
Cuts Made: 7
Rounds played: 28
2012 Finish: T8
Best Finish: T5 (2007)
Low Round: 67 (R1 '04)
Scoring Average: 72.39
Money Won: $888,975
Like Poulter, Rose has yet to miss a cut at The Masters. Rose is coming off three straight top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at Bay Hill. After not making the field in 2010, Rose has shared 11th and eighth the last two years. Has four wins in the last three years on the PGA Tour. He has shot par or better in 10 of his last 12 rounds at Augusta. Posted two top-10 finishes in the majors last year after not having one since the 2008 season. About that time for Rose to start winning majors.
Charl SchwartzelMasters Stats

Age: 28
Country: South Africa
World Rank: 15th
Appearances: 3
Cuts Made: 3
Rounds played: 12
2012 Finish: T50
Best Finish:1st (2011)
Low Round: 66 (R4 '11)
Scoring Average:71.75
Money Won: $1,505,523
The 2011 champion got off to a flying start this year with first, second and third place finishes in his first three starts. Other than a first-round loss at the Match Play, he hasn't finished outside the top 22 in his seven stroke-play events. Schwartzel has shot over par in just three of 27 rounds this year. Has made the cut in each of his three starts at Augusta. Broke par in all four rounds when he won, but did so just once in his other eight rounds there.
Adam ScottMasters Stats

Age: 32
Country: Australia
World Rank: 7th
Appearances: 11
Cuts Made: 9
Rounds played: 40
2012 Finish: T8
Best Finish: T2 (2011)
Low Round: 66 (R4 '12)
Scoring Average: 72.55
Money Won: $1,441,496
Has shot par or better in 10 of his last 12 rounds at Augusta, and that has helped Scott post three straight top-20 finishes. Scott has made just four starts this year, and one was a first-round loss at the Match Play. Like Mickelson, Scott has been up and down with his results in 2013. Scott shared 10th at Riviera, then lost his Match Play opener. The Australian went 12-under par over the final two rounds to share third at Doral, then struggled to a share of 30th in Tampa Bay. Four of his eight top-10 finishes in the majors have come in the last eight majors contested. The 2011 runner-up is more than due to break through and win his first major.
Webb SimpsonMasters Stats

Age: 27
Country: USA
World Rank: 20th
Appearances: 1
Cuts Made: 1
Rounds played: 4
2012 Finish: T44
Best Finish: T44 (2012)
Low Round: 70 (R3 '12)
Scoring Average: 73.50
Money Won: $26,400
The U.S. Open champion missed the cut in his last start at Bay Hill, but that is not indicative of how he is playing this year. Simpson has rung up six top-20 finishes in nine starts. Made the cut his lone appearance last year at Augusta, but finished well off the pace at 8-over par. He has made the cut four of the last six majors. Prior to struggling at Bay Hill, Simpson shot par or better in 23 of his 26 rounds this year. Closed his U.S. Open victory last year with back-to-back 68s. If he repeats that this week, he'll certainly be in the mix.
Brandt SnedekerMasters Stats

Age: 32
Country: USA
World Rank: 5th
Appearances: 5
Cuts Made: 4
Rounds played: 18
2012 Finish: T19
Best Finish: T3 (2008)
Low Round: 68
(Twice - most recently R3 '12)
Scoring Average: 72.56
Money Won: $659,970
Took several weeks off after winning at Pebble Beach and has broken par in one of four rounds since taking time off with a rib injury. Before that, Snedeker was as hot as anyone. He played five of the first six events of the year and collected four top-three finishes in that stretch. In that span, he shot in the 60s in 20 of 23 rounds. Did not play the 2010 Masters, but finished in the top 20 in three of his last four starts at Augusta. If he returns to health and his early season form, Snedeker could claim his first major championship.
Steve StrickerMasters Stats

Age: 46
Country: USA
World Rank: 8th
Appearances: 12
Cuts Made: 7
Rounds played: 38
2012 Finish: T47
Best Finish: T6 (2009)
Low Round:66 (R1 '01)
Scoring Average: 73.08
Money Won: $710,944
Despite his semi-retirement, Stricker is having a stellar season. He posted three straight top-5 finishes to open the year, then shared 38th in Houston. Has broken par in 11 of his 12 rounds this year and was a quarterfinal loser at the Match Play. After missing three cuts in a row at The Masters, Stricker has played all four rounds in his last four trips to Augusta. If he breaks through and wins his first major, he would be the second-oldest Masters champion and oldest first-time major winner.
Bubba WatsonMasters Stats

Age: 34
Country: USA
World Rank: 14th
Appearances: 4
Cuts Made: 4
Rounds played: 16
2012 Finish: Won
Best Finish: 1st (2012)
Low Round: 67 (R3 '11)
Scoring Average: 71.75
Money Won: $1,590,350
The defending champion has collected five top-10s and four missed cuts since his playoff win a year ago. Missed the cut at Riviera, but finished in the top 20 in each of his other five starts. Has shot par or better in 14 of his 17 rounds this year. He has made the cut in seven of the last eight majors. That run started with a playoff loss at the 2010 PGA Championship, and was capped by his playoff win over Louis Oosthuizen at Augusta last year. Did not play the 2010 Masters, but has made the cut in all four of his starts.
Lee WestwoodMasters Stats

Age: 39
Country: England
World Rank: 13th
Appearances: 13
Cuts Made: 10
Rounds played: 46
2012 Finish: T3
Best Finish: 2nd (2010)
Low Round: 67
(Three times - most recently R1 '12)
Scoring Average: 72.67
Money Won: $1,808,779
The Englishman is playing his ninth straight Masters, and he has finished in the top 11 each of the last three years. Broke par in eight of 12 rounds in that span. Finished three behind Phil Mickelson in 2010 and missed last year's playoff by two shots. Another player that is long overdue to break through for his first major title. Four of his 14 top-10 finishes in the majors have come in the last two seasons.
Tiger WoodsMasters Stats

Age: 37
Country: USA
World Rank: 1st
Appearances: 18
Cuts Made: 17
Rounds played: 70
2012 Finish: T40
Best Finish: 1st
(1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
Low Round: 65
(Twice - most recently R3 '05)
Scoring Average: 70.87
Money Won: $6,853,473
Plenty of good stuff for Woods this year, so we'll start with the three bad starts. Missed the cut in Abu Dhabi and was a first-round loser at the Match Play. Followed that loss with a share of 37th at The Honda Classic. Despite that, Woods has returned to No. 1 in the world thanks to wins at three of his favorite courses - Torrey Pines, Doral and Bay Hill. Hasn't won a major since his epic U.S. Open win over Rocco Mediate in 2008. That's the last hurdle for Woods to climb after his 2009 car accident. Since 2000, Woods has won this title three times and has finished outside the top six only three times. With his three wins this year, at three of his favorite events, it's hard to imagine Woods not being near the lead on Sunday.

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