Mickelson still thinks he can win


, Last Updated: 10:29 PM ET

AUGUSTA At three under par, in an 18th-place tie, defending Masters champion Phil Mickelson was dreaming in technicolour after he came off the course.

Mickelson shot a third-round 71 and immediately went to the driving range to prepare for one last assault on Augusta National today.

Well Im quite a few back, but on Sunday a lot can happen, he said. Im not going to count myself out. Im going to go tonight and do whatever work I need to give myself the best round, a hot round tomorrow. Ive shot low scores here before, I believe I can do it again and Im going to give myself every opportunity tomorrow to do that.

Mickelson just has not played well this week, after winning at Houston last week. His putting, an aspect that has usually been a strong feature because of his knowledge of the Augusta greens, has been not very good.

Its been a little frustrating on the greens. I putted so well last week at Houston, I expected to come out this week and kind of light it up. And I have struggled getting the right reads, I struggled getting the right speed which historically Ive been able to read these greens very well.