Continued from page 2

If Woods is in contention heading to the weekend, he’ll likely have plenty of competition.

“Obviously, Tiger is Tiger,” said Scott Piercy, who played in Woods’ group along with Luke Donald. “He’s always going to be that target. He knows it, and that’s how he wants it. But there’s a lot of people getting closer. And the golfing gods, or whatever you want to call them, have a lot to do with winning. A bounce here, a bounce there. A lip in, a lip out.”

Three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo said about 20 players could win the Masters, all from what he referred to as the second tier but “pretty darn good.”

Donald, Rose and Ian Poulter. Snedeker and Bill Haas. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

Not to mention three-time winner Phil Mickelson, defending champ Bubba Watson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

“Yes, Tiger is the favorite,” Faldo said. “He’s strong. He’s determined. We will see. But he’s going to be chased by a lot of really good players.”

___

Follow Paul Newberry at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963