Las Vegas, Nevada (April 13, 2013)–The depth of PGA Tour players who live in the Las Vegas Golf Region or who have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses is deep. And at the 2013 Masters, four players who live in Las Vegas and another who played college golf at UNLV made the cut and are playing the weekend. Adam Scott, the former UNLV golfer, led the way as he entered the weekend in the top 10 and was followed by residents Nick Watney, Ryan Moore (also a Rebel), Kevin Na, and Scott Piercy. MASTERS LEADERBOARD. –By Brian Hurlburt.
"I haven't really looked at what's leading at the moment," Scott told the assembled media at Augusta National via ASAPSports.com. "… I just have to stay in touch. I'm sure that there's some players that must be bunched. So it's going to be an interesting weekend. I'm sure it's going to be a tough weekend if there's any wind at all, it's going to play tough." Scott fired opening rounds of 69 and 72 to make the weekend.
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Nick Watney fired rounds 78-69 to survive until the weekend and in the third round he was off early and recorded a 68 to flash up the leaderboard and into the top 25. Watney is a Henderson resident and works with Butch Harmon at his school at Rio Secco Golf Club.
Piercy was paired the first two rounds with Tiger Woods and Luke Donald, and opened with rounds of 75-69. Moore went 71-72 while Na fired rounds of 70-76. Piercy grew up in Las Vegas and still lives in the city while Na moved to Las Vegas several years ago. Moore was a four-time All-American at UNLV but still resides in Las Vegas. Na (2011) and Moore (2012) have combined to win the previous two Las Vegas PGA Tour events, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
PGATour.com had Scott as one of five players to watch on Saturday. From PGATour.com: "If an Aussie is to ever win the Masters, Scott, who is three strokes behind Day, could be the one. He's been the low Australian five times since Greg Norman's collapse — including the last three — and tied with Day for second in 2011 when he shot 67-67 on the weekend."