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Tiger Woods Has No Excuse Not to Win 2013 British Open After Solid 3rd Round

Tiger Woods 2013 British Open

Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports

It’s all or nothing now for Tiger Woods. Muirfield Golf Club has lived up to its reputation through three rounds at the 2013 British Open and only three players are under par heading into Sunday — Tiger is one of them.

After shooting a two-under 69 in the first round and then rallying to shoot even in round two, Woods battled through the rough conditions again on Saturday to finish one over par for the day, which puts him and one under for the tournament, tied for second with Hunter Mahan and two strokes off leader Lee Westwood.

The Englishman played the third round with Woods and birdied the 17th hole while Tiger bogied to take the two-stroke lead heading into the final round. All the talk now is how Tiger has never come from behind to win a major, but he has shown his strained left elbow is healed and he can handle the rough conditions at Muirfield better than any other golfer in the tournament. Thus, he has absolutely no excuse not to complete his first-ever come-from-behind major win on Sunday.

Tiger will be playing the final round with this year’s Masters champion, Adam Scott, who shot one under on Saturday to get to even par and alone at fourth on the leaderboard. Woods called Saturday a “grind” and said the conditions should make things “interesting” on Sunday. With all eyes on him to see if he can pull through for his first major win since 2008, that’s a drastic understatement.