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Five to watch at Augusta National – No. 1, Tiger Woods

Shane Bacon
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These days it seems that the entire field, give or tack a past champion or two, have a chance at the green jacket. Gone are the days of Tiger, Vijay and Phil being the only contenders, but instead of listing them all, we've picked five we think have the best shot at the 2013 Masters (Check out who we ranked No. 5, No.4, No. 3, and No. 2).

No. 1 -- Tiger Woods

Major Championships -- 14

Masters appearances -- 18

Best Masters finish -- 1 (1997, 2001, '02, '05)

Best finish on the PGA Tour in 2013 -- 1 (Farmers Insurance, Cadillac, Arnold Palmer)

What he has to do to win -- I've been asked on the radio multiple times what Tiger has to do this week to win his first major championships since 2008, and my answer continues to be, "get out of his own way." Woods is one of the best we've ever seen with a lead, but for some reason the last few years he's struggled to maintain a lead at the majors.

His game is different this season and if he can just get out of his way, and let his golf swing and putting stroke do what they've done this year already it seems like he will all but walk into that fifth green jacket.

The most important thing for Tiger? Hitting fairways. While he's been fantastic this season with the putter and with his wedge game, he still is struggling to hit a lot of fairways, and being out of position at Augusta National off the tee means having to hit tough shots to these undulated greens that force you to be in the right spot if you want to make birdies.

If Woods hits fairways, he's going to win this week and it's as simple as that.

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