Security worker almost takes out Tiger Woods at Masters

Heather Diaz
April 14, 2019

He recovered with a birdie on No. 3, but the inconsistent play has kept him away from the top of the leaderboard. He made two more bogeys before reaching the seventh hole and then pulled himself together to salvage a 71. I hit the ball maybe less well than I did [Frirday], but I was able to hole some putts.

He's obviously been building up good karma this week.

Woods has brought a throwback look to Augusta National this weekend. Koepka and first-round co-leader Bryson DeChambeau (who shot 75) dropped back, and Molinari (67), Day (67), Scott (68) and Oosthuizen (67) made their moves to the top.

"Obviousl, y he's playing great, but there's a lot of guys who are playing great", Molinari said with a smile while discussing his pairing with Woods. He has won in the Masters four times. Finau, whose lone TOUR win came three years ago at the Puerto Rico Open. Here's a few nuggets from a manic day at Augusta National. Koepka has the potential to put himself up in the conversation with Tiger in terms of being a dominant major championship player of his era should he emerge as the victor on Sunday. Finau suffered his dislocated ankle while celebrating a hole-in-one in the par three on the eve of the Masters, but it didn't sour his experience. The eagle came Saturday at the eighth hole Saturday when his 4-iron from 260 yards finished a foot from the pin. But even he had never experienced anything quite like what came to pass Friday afternoon on the second nine, as the piercing siren of a weather delay led to him walking across the Hogan Bridge in serene solitude a few minutes before a well-meaning security guard almost ended his pursuit of a fifth green jacket with a slide tackle that would make Neymar proud. Just got to suck it up and just keep going on. Thankfully, it wasn't on the 18th hole where you need a par to win or something.

Another shot behind was Brooks Koepka, who has won three of the last six majors and had a 69 despite four bogeys.

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The lessons learned that day should serve him well on Sunday. It is possible. Hopefuly I can be in the mix.

Good stuff, indeed. Woods was the only player in the 87-man field to birdie White Dogwood, the treacherous 11 hole that played as the second-most hard hole of the day.

That puts Woods in the final group of a major for the first time since the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, where he gave up a two-shot lead on the final day to Y.E. Yang. Finau wasn't even a golfer at the time, but he took up the game that summer, inspired by what he saw on television that week.

Patrick Cantlay was one of the big movers so far during the third round. But it's not too crowded.

"I mean, I don't know", he said.

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