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April 10, 2013

Johnny Miller: Tiger win 'could open floodgates'

Posted at 2:01 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: 2013 Masters, Johnny Miller, Tiger Woods

Johnny_300NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller thinks a Masters victory for the world's No. 1 player would create a big run of momentum for Tiger in 2013.

“The bottom line is this one, if he can win here and not finish second or third, it’s going to open the floodgates a little bit.”

Miller, a two-time major winner, said on Golf Channel Wednesday morning that Augusta National is "tailor-made" for Woods, but that he will be watching how Tiger handles the tricky greens at Augusta. Woods is currently leading the Tour in strokes gained-putting and needed only 100 total putts, a career low, to win at Doral last month.

“He knows his game is back. Now the question mark is can he make those same putts? He’s been making everything, but can he make them at Augusta, where he hasn’t been making them for several years? That’s been the reason he hasn’t won at Augusta, whether it’s a little bit nerves, getting a little older -- I’ve seen never him yip a putt, by the way -- because as we get older, a lot of putts start lipping out."

If Tiger's putter doesn't fail him this week and he finally gets off the 14 major mark, there will be no doubt that he is 'back," Miller said. Only Augusta National stands in his way.

“If he can win at Augusta, he is going to be a tough guy to handle the next few years. I think it makes his year if he can win the Masters. It shows he’s back, that he’s back on track to break Jack’s record. But he’s got to go through Augusta, though.”

Photo: Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo at Augusta National on Tuesday (Getty Images).

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