Tiger putt-ing his way back

April, 2, 2012
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Tiger has made over 90 percent of his putts inside of 10 feet over his past three tournaments.
Tiger Woods went 923 days between PGA TOUR victories, but as the favorite to win the Masters this week he has a chance to win his second event in the span of 15 days.

He currently ranks 24th in putting; however, in his last three events -- played in consecutive weeks -- Woods made more than 90 percent of his putts inside of 10 feet. It’s the first time in five seasons that he’s made that percentage of putts in three straight PGA TOUR events.

He's made more than 90 percent of putts inside of 10 feet this season, which ranks second on tour. The last time he putted this well from inside 10 feet was 2009, when the led the tour at 90.4. (Last season, Woods made 86.7 percent of his putts inside of 10 feet, which would have been tied for 118th on tour if he’d qualified.)

At the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods had nine eagle putts, four more than any other player. He missed all nine putts, but they led to eight birdies.

There are other reasons why Woods is favored to win his fifth Green Jacket and first since 2005:
• He leads the PGA TOUR in total driving
• Ranks seventh in greens in regulation
• First in Par-5 scoring average and tied for third in bogey avoidance
• Sixth in birdie conversion percentage (which measures the percentage of birdies after hitting a GIR)

Woods has won at least one major each season that he has ranked in the top five in GIR AND top 15 in total driving.

And, with a win at the Masters, the 36-year-old Tiger would win his 15th major, including five Masters tournaments, leaving him one shy of Jack Nicklaus' record of six. Nicklaus was 38 when he won his 15th major, the 1978 Open Championship.

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