5 Little-Known Golfers Who Could Be Serious 2014 Masters Contenders

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As the 2014 Masters approaches, the big story line is obviously the absence of 4-time tournament champion and world no. 1 ranked player, Tiger Woods. Sans Woods, the excitement level takes a bit of a hit, but the traditional unlike any other will still be just that. Here are five little-known players to keep an eye on at Augusta in the upcoming week.

5. Jordan Spieth

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5. Jordan Spieth

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The 20 year-old is starting to become a household name amongst golf fans and is already a terrific player. With four top 10 finishes under his belt this season and a cool, calm and collected demeanor, Spieth will be a contender for the Green Jacket.

4. Jimmy Walker

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4. Jimmy Walker

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Walker is having nothing short of a fantastic season. His three PGA wins currently lead the tour and have him positioned atop the FedEx Cup Points and Money Leaders. With the way golf's major tournaments have played out in recent years, a red-hot player like Walker is surely someone to keep an eye on.

3. Marc Leishman

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3. Marc Leishman

Marc Leishman, The Masters
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The 30-year-old Australian had an excellent showing at Augusta National last year and even found himself with a lead late in the tournament. And again, with no currently dominate PGA player, a guy like Leishman who has shown the ability to play well at this course has to have a chance.

2. Victor Dubuisson

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2. Victor Dubuisson

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Anyone who saw Dubuisson play in the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship knows that the Frenchman has serious game. Some of the shots he hit and was able to pull off were truly remarkable and it's plausible to believe that that magic might translate to golf's biggest stage.

1. Angel Cabrera

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1. Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera, The Masters
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Okay, I get that it's tough to categorize "El Pato" as someone who is little-known amongst golf fans, but the fact of the matter is this: he rarely plays on the PGA Tour anymore. However, when he does, he usually plays well. The 2009 Masters Champion and hefty Argentinian is always a threat to win at Augusta and I expect this year to be no different.


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