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Three Reasons Tiger Might Win at Augusta: A Fan's Take

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Tiger Woods is looking good at Bay Hill. Does that mean his Achilles is fully healed? It sure looks that way. With the way he has played early in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it looks like Woods doesn't need to win at Bay Hill to take momentum into the Masers.

Sitting with 14 major wins, Woods needs to start winning big tournaments again in order to catch Jack Nicklaus. The 2012 Masters might be his best chance to start getting on track. Could Tiger really come through at Augusta?

Here are a few reasons why he just might do it:

The Masters is his most consistent tournament

Woods has not finished worse than sixth at Augusta since 2004. That means he has seven straight finishes of sixth place or better. Some of those strong efforts have come during the last few years when Woods has really struggled. Even at his worst, he still knows how to play this course. He was leading in the final round in 2011 and ended up finishing fourth. There are a lot of examples you can't point at to say that Tiger is slipping. However, his play at the Masters isn't one of them.

The Masters is a star-making tournament

Tiger has a knack to come out of nowhere and win the Masters. We all know about his memorable 1997 performance. That gave him his first major and officially made him a superstar. But you can't overlook his win in 2005. After failing to win a major in 2003 or 2004, some people started to wonder if his best days were done. He answered those critics with a memorable win in 2005. A British Open title followed later that year and Tiger was back on track. Clearly, Augusta is a place to break major droughts.

The Masters is the biggest stage in golf

You could argue that the U.S. Open and British Open are more intriguing tournaments because of the unique challenges they present. But in terms of prestige, nothing compares to the Masters. From the green jackets to Amen Corner, everything about the Masters makes it a huge event. Tiger is well aware of the historical significance of the tournament. He is also well aware of just how big the event really is. He is tired of hearing people ask about his ability to win a big event. He knows that a win at the Masters will silence everyone for good.

* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played golf since high school.

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