Woods can win, but it won’t be easy

Tiger Woods is four off the pace entering the final round of the Masters.

Tiger Woods is four off the pace entering the final round of the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Can Tiger Woods, four strokes behind after 54 holes, win the Masters after a five-month layoff?

Yes.

Will he?

It won’t be easy because he has two heavyweights ahead of him. Woods trails three-time major winner Phil Mickelson by three strokes and the leader, world No. 4 Lee Westwood, by four shots.

That means Woods needs to go low and have the pedigreed front twosome back up. It’s unlikely both Westwood and Mickelson will go in reverse.

Too, Woods needs to get his own game in order. He shot 70 Saturday despite three-putting three times in five holes – on Nos. 6, 7 and 10. He fought his swing periodically – hitting very loose shots on Nos. 4 (left), 9 (right), 12 (right) and 17 (right) – and had trouble getting green speeds down.

Afterward, he said he knew how to tweak his swing but didn’t sound as sure about the stroke.

Lastly, Woods is tied with K.J. Choi and one ahead of senior wonder Fred Couples. In other words, to bag a fifth green jacket, he needs just about everything to go his way.

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