Tiger Woods of the United States walks on the second hole during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. It was then that he turned around his day like only the old Tiger Woods could do.
Make no mistake, Woods is simply a notable cog in a diverse wheel that's about to roll down the first fairway once third-round play gets underway. At the next hole, Woods hit his approach to a foot for another birdie.
A thrilling day was in prospect, with Woods one of four men a solitary shot off the pace at six under.
It's been quite a turnaround for Woods compared to where he was the past few years.
"The last three majors, I've been right there", Woods said. But he showed the rest of the season that he was back to his old self, contending at both the Open Championship and PGA Championship before winning the Tour Championship.
After a 30-minute delay, Woods came out and missed the 5-footer. It feels like Finau is either going to shoot a 73 or a 66 on Sunday morning, and I would believe either result. "I've had galleries run over me", he said.
To do that he'll need to overcome a player who's vaulted himself into the game's elite in the past year.
Molinari, who first met Woods. The 14-time major champion entered the weekend one stroke back of the leaders.
The 43-year-old made the turn at 3-under par and carded the hard 11th hole's first birdie of the day. The Italian two-putted for birdie at the 13th, holed an eight-footer at the 14th and got up-and-down from just over the green at the par-five 15th for his fourth birdie in a row.
Francesco Molinari found a world-class form later in his professional golf career, and at the 2019 Masters, he is in position to capitalize on that form and join the short list of players with multiple major championships. Last month he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by shooting 64 in the final round. The nightmarish morning commute is caused by patrons arriving early for the moved-up tee times and helps everyone forget an astoundingly tiresome final round where Molinari grinds out a 71 in the high winds and wins. Xander Schauffele of the United States and Italy's Francisco Molinari, the reigning British Open champion, are both at 10 under and playing the back nine.Finau's brilliant round matched Webb Simpson and early starter Patrick Cantlay. The field combined to shoot 80-under on Saturday, the lowest in tournament history. Tigers Woods, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka are three back.
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The only scare for Woods came on the 14th hole, when his drive went well left into the trees.
Molinari, and Finau, look to keep it that way beginning at 9:20 a.m. EST.