THE MASTERS 2014

  10 - 13 April

The Masters: Jonas Blixt has short skills and determination to prevail at Augusta

But Bubba Watson is still in the mix, despite imperfect Saturday

Last Updated: 13/04/14 10:06am

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Paul McGinley says Jonas Blixt is right in contention to win his maiden Major at Augusta.

Blixt posted a third-round 71 to sit one shot off the lead held by American duo Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth (-5) heading into the final day of the Masters.

The Swedish player, 29, missed the cut in his last two PGA Tour events - the Valspar Championship and Shell Houston Open - but recorded a fourth-placed finish at the 2013 USPGA Championship.

And 2014 European Ryder Cup captain McGinley says Blixt has the quality and the grit to prosper on Sunday and become Sweden's first Major winner.

"He doesn't have a power game but he is a gung-ho kind of a guy, has a wonderful short game and plays golf with a lot of heart, McGinley told Sky Sports.

"He has been a bit non-descript on the PGA Tour this season but he has an x-factor and can rise to the big occasion, as we saw at the USPGA."

Chance

2012 Masters winner Watson held a three-stroke advantage over the field after round two, but endured a disappointing Saturday and could only card a two-over 74 to end proceedings tied with Spieth.

McGinley's fellow analyst Butch Harmon feels the charismatic left-hander will feel more relaxed having company at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.

But he says players as far back as defending champion Adam Scott (+1) and Jason Day (+2) are still in with a shout of plucking the first Major of the season and donning the iconic Green Jacket.

"I think he is more comfortable being a co-leader than an outright leader, while he has had his worst round of the week and is still in contention, so he is not going to get down on himself," Harmon said of Watson.

"I think you can go back to one or two-over-par and still have a chance, though.

"The course will be sit up in difficultly but fair and I think you are going to see people come roaring out of the pack on one heck of an exciting Sunday."

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