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Last Updated:  Sunday, 13 April, 2003, 00:23 GMT 01:23 UK
Woods relishing final day
World number one Tiger Woods
Woods is ready for a famous final day
Tiger Woods believes he has the experience to mount a big challenge during the final round of the US Masters.

The world number one, who began his third round 11 shots off the lead, shot a bogey-free 66 and will start Sunday just four shots behind surprise leader Jeff Maggert.

In contrast to his opening two rounds, Woods looked like the man who had tamed the Augusta National in 1997, 2001 and 2002 as he played almost flawless golf from tee to green and holed his putts.

I know how to win a major championship - I have that in the back of my mind
Tiger Woods
If Woods does prevail in Sunday's final round, he will become the first man in golfing history to win the Masters in three consecutive years.

"It makes you feel assured knowing you have done it here before," said the 27-year-old American.

"I know I have the experience on the back nine. I know how to win a major championship. I have that in the back of my mind."

He also acknowledged that a 50-foot putt at his second hole - he started his round at the 10th - gave him the momentum he required.

"Making that big bomb on 11 got things going."

The 39-year-old Maggert was guarded about his chances of winning, given that his recent form has been patchy at best.

He has only two wins on the regular tour in 12 years and has never done better than seventh at the Augusta National.

"Obviously I am in a position you dream about - going into Sunday with the possibility of winning the Masters," said Maggert.

"It has been a struggle the past couple of years with my game. I have not played that well but it has been fun this week.

"I haven't hit the ball all that well but I am right there with a chance to win."

It was a different story for the man he overtook at the top of the leaderboard, Canadian Mike Weir, who had to settle for a third round of 75 after some wayward approach work.

"My iron play was not very sharp. I can't blame my putter," said Weir.

"Fatigue possibly played a apart. I'm looking forward to getting a good rest."

Phil Mickelson is another big name in the frame for what promises to be a dramatic final round after a level-par round of 72.

"I need to get off to get a good start and capitalise on the par fives. There are only about seven or eight real birdie chances on the final day of the Masters," said the world number four.

Final round tee-off times

All times BST
(US unless stated):

1550 Craig Stadler
1600 Pat Perez, Kenny Perry
1610 Jerry Kelly, Kevin Sutherland
1620 Brad Faxon, John Rollins
1630 Robert Allenby, Adam Scott (Aus)
1640 Billy Mayfair, Jeff Sluman
1650 Loren Roberts (USA), Nick Faldo (GB)
1700 Shingo Katayama (Jpn), Ryan Moore
1710 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Craig Parry (Aus)
1720 Bob Estes, Charles Howell III (USA)
1730 Justin Rose (GB), Darren Clarke (GB)
1740 Rocco Mediate, Scott McCarron
1750 Davis Love III, Scott Verplank
1800 Retief Goosen (Rsa), Phil Tataurangi (Nzl)
1810 Chris Riley, Ricky Barnes
1820 Hunter Mahan (USA), Angel Cabrera (Arg)
1830 Paul Lawrie (GB), Tim Clark (Rsa)
1840 Fred Couples, Nick Price (Zim)
1850 Ernie Els (Rsa), KJ Choi (Kor)
1900 Mark O'Meara, Rich Beem
1910 Len Mattiace, Jonathan Byrd
1920 Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk
1930 Tiger Woods, Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa)
1940 David Toms, Vijay Singh (Fij)
1950 Jeff Maggert, Mike Weir (Can)

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Jeff Maggert
"It's been fun this week"


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