Tiger Woods charge lights up Masters as five major champions share lead

Heather Diaz
April 14, 2019

On the plus side, he showed the golf world how not to celebrate a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Contest. He went on to finish in a tie for 10th.

The fun will, therefore, start a lot earlier and heat up over the course of the afternoon.

"The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount", Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, said in a statement released by the club.

Masters champions are roughly aligned with Dylan Thomas when it comes to the dying of the light. Thirteen years after Molinari caddied for his brother Eduardo Molinari at Augusta when he played with Tiger in the first two rounds, now the younger brother will take on the man they all look up to for real.

But he very much looks in contention this time round, along with a big group of players including the likes of Francesco Molinari, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka.

That would change at the sixth, however, as Woods reeled off three straight birdies.

"But I also made some distance putts there at 9, 14, 15".

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Finau, from Salt Lake City, joined just five other players who have shot 30 on the front-nine at the Masters: Gary Woodland (2014), Phil Mickelson (2009), K.J. There is little wind, and recent rain has led to a softer course with more forgiving greens.

With the forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms late on Sunday officials have made a decision to send golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees rather than traditional pairs in an attempt to get the final round completed and avoid a Monday finish to the year's first major.

Four-time victor Woods rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt at the 16th, sending roars cascading across Augusta National as he moved to 11-under for the tournament. He moved up 43 spots on the leaderboard after beginning the day in a tie for 50th.

A victory on Sunday would be Woods' fifth at Augusta National, leaving him second behind six-times champion Jack Nicklaus, but to do so he will have to pull off something he has never done before - come from behind in the final round to win a major.

2 p.m Three-time Masters victor Phil Mickelson began his third round with a par on No. 1.The 48-year-old Mickelson started Saturday three shots behind the leaders on a crowded leaderboard that includes a five-way tie for first place.

Woods, who last slipped on the Green Jacket in 2005, will start Sunday's final round with Molinari and Tony Finau.

But in order to overtake the firepower at the top of the leaderboard, Woods will need to convert some of those putts - he missed five inside of 10 feet. He took down Woods to win the Open past year and begins with a two stroke lead over Tiger and Finau following a wonderful 66.

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