13 players you forgot that led the Masters

Golf Digest

By Joel Beall.

The roll call of green jacket winners are known by all. But do you remember these 13 players that at one point led the Masters?

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<p>Beloved as a broadcaster, Oosterhuis had an incredible stretch in the early &#39;70s, winning four consecutive Order of Merit titles. However, that success never quite translated in the states, as he grabbed just one championship on American soil. He had the 1973 Masters by the horns, owning a three-shot lead after the third round. Alas, a late Sunday 74 was not enough, as Tommy Aaron&#39;s 68 beat Oosterhuis by two.</p>
Peter Oosterhuis

Beloved as a broadcaster, Oosterhuis had an incredible stretch in the early '70s, winning four consecutive Order of Merit titles. However, that success never quite translated in the states, as he grabbed just one championship on American soil. He had the 1973 Masters by the horns, owning a three-shot lead after the third round. Alas, a late Sunday 74 was not enough, as Tommy Aaron's 68 beat Oosterhuis by two.

<p>Though he had just one PGA Tour win to his credit, Schlee racked up four top 10s in majors, including a T-8 at the 1977 Masters. He actually led after the first round of the &#39;78 tournament, but two 75s and a 77 left him outside the top 40.</p>
John Schlee

Though he had just one PGA Tour win to his credit, Schlee racked up four top 10s in majors, including a T-8 at the 1977 Masters. He actually led after the first round of the '78 tournament, but two 75s and a 77 left him outside the top 40.

<p>Funseth achieved this feat twice. He was tied with Tom Watson after 36 holes in the &#39;77 tournament (before a 74-73 led to a T-14 finish) and followed up the next spring with another 36-hole lead, this time hanging in with a 70-69 on the weekend. One problem: Gary Player fired a sizzling eight-under 64 on Sunday to top Funseth by a stroke. Still, astonishing feats, considering Funset won just three times on tour.</p>
Rod Funseth

Funseth achieved this feat twice. He was tied with Tom Watson after 36 holes in the '77 tournament (before a 74-73 led to a T-14 finish) and followed up the next spring with another 36-hole lead, this time hanging in with a 70-69 on the weekend. One problem: Gary Player fired a sizzling eight-under 64 on Sunday to top Funseth by a stroke. Still, astonishing feats, considering Funset won just three times on tour.

<p>He&#39;s best known for the &quot;Hinkle Tree&quot; – after cutting a dogleg on the par-5 8th hole at Inverness by hitting onto the 17th fairway during the 1979 U.S. Open, the USGA installed a tree overnight to block the route – but Hinkle also has the distinction of holding a share of the first-round &#39;81 Masters lead.</p>
Lon Hinkle

He's best known for the "Hinkle Tree" – after cutting a dogleg on the par-5 8th hole at Inverness by hitting onto the 17th fairway during the 1979 U.S. Open, the USGA installed a tree overnight to block the route – but Hinkle also has the distinction of holding a share of the first-round '81 Masters lead.

<p>A former U.S. Junior Amateur champ, Renner turned in a first-round 67 to take the 1983 Masters lead into Friday. However, the three-time PGA Tour winner followed up with a 75 and 78, failing to finish inside the top 15.</p>
Jack Renner

A former U.S. Junior Amateur champ, Renner turned in a first-round 67 to take the 1983 Masters lead into Friday. However, the three-time PGA Tour winner followed up with a 75 and 78, failing to finish inside the top 15.

<p>In his only Masters outing in 1988, Wrenn went to bed on Thursday as the co-leader off a first-round 69. The success was short lived, as he was nine-over par the next three days at Augusta.</p>
Robert Wrenn

In his only Masters outing in 1988, Wrenn went to bed on Thursday as the co-leader off a first-round 69. The success was short lived, as he was nine-over par the next three days at Augusta.

<p>Donald&#39;s experience at the 1990 Masters is a tale of two rounds. On Thursday, in his first appearance at Augusta National, Donald lit up the scoreboard to the tune of an eight-under 64. Sadly, his stay atop was not to be, as Donald went 18 shots higher on Day 2. The weekend wasn&#39;t much better with a 77 and 76.</p>
Mike Donald

Donald's experience at the 1990 Masters is a tale of two rounds. On Thursday, in his first appearance at Augusta National, Donald lit up the scoreboard to the tune of an eight-under 64. Sadly, his stay atop was not to be, as Donald went 18 shots higher on Day 2. The weekend wasn't much better with a 77 and 76.

<p>Making his Masters debut in 1995, Henninger showed zero rookie nerves through three days with a 70 and pair of 68s. Tied with Ben Crenshaw in Sunday&#39;s final group, Henninger stumbled out of the gate with a 39, ultimately finishing eight shots behind Crenshaw for the green jacket.</p>
Brian Henninger

Making his Masters debut in 1995, Henninger showed zero rookie nerves through three days with a 70 and pair of 68s. Tied with Ben Crenshaw in Sunday's final group, Henninger stumbled out of the gate with a 39, ultimately finishing eight shots behind Crenshaw for the green jacket.

<p>Chamblee&#39;s known for his work behind the mic, yet he could swing the sticks back in his day. A 69 on Thursday gave Chamblee the first-round lead in the 1999 Masters, although he was eventually done in by a 75 on Saturday.</p>
Brandel Chamblee

Chamblee's known for his work behind the mic, yet he could swing the sticks back in his day. A 69 on Thursday gave Chamblee the first-round lead in the 1999 Masters, although he was eventually done in by a 75 on Saturday.

<p>Playing in the 2000 Masters for the first time at 37 years old, &quot;the Chief&quot; made the most of his first day, hanging up a 68 to take a one-shot lead. Though he went eight shots higher on Friday, Paulson still managed to finish inside the top 15.</p>
Dennis Paulson

Playing in the 2000 Masters for the first time at 37 years old, "the Chief" made the most of his first day, hanging up a 68 to take a one-shot lead. Though he went eight shots higher on Friday, Paulson still managed to finish inside the top 15.

<p>A member of the 2006 Ryder Cup team, Wetterich led the first two rounds of the wind-swept 2007 Masters. But on moving day, Wetterich went in the wrong direction, bogeying the second hole and tripling the third in route to a Saturday 83.</p>
Brett Wetterich

A member of the 2006 Ryder Cup team, Wetterich led the first two rounds of the wind-swept 2007 Masters. But on moving day, Wetterich went in the wrong direction, bogeying the second hole and tripling the third in route to a Saturday 83.

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