Woods very much in Masters mix

Updated: 25/03/2023


Tiger Woods believes his performances in recent major tournaments stand him in good stead for his bid for a fifth Masters title this year.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods (11/4 The Masters 2019) insists he is delighted to still be in the mix at the Masters but is expecting a tough final day.

The American claimed the last of his four Green Jackets in 2005 and hasn’t won a major title since lifting the US Open crown in 2008.

But Woods could finally end that wait on Sunday at Augusta National after some stunning golf during the opening three rounds.

He will head out in the final group alongside leader Francesco Molinari (13/8 The Masters 2019) and fellow American Tony Finau (15/2).

Molinari carded his best round of the weekend on Saturday (66) to secure a two-shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard on -13.

Finau was one of just three players to hit an impressive 64 on day three and he joins Woods on 11-under in a tie for second.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in contention here,” Woods said. “But then again, (being in the mix to win) the last two majors counts for something.”

He added: “We’ve got to get up early and get after it. It will be interesting to see if that wind comes up like it’s forecast – 15-20mph around this golf course is going to be testy.”

Brooks Koepka carded 69 on Saturday and he sits three shots adrift of leader Molinari on -10, while Englishman Ian Poulter is in a tie for fifth with Webb Simpson on -9.

Sunday’s tee times have been brought forward due to thunderstorms forecast for later in the day, with the first threesomes group set to start at 12:30.

Odds subject to change.

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