Tiger rocks Augusta, but 5 others share Masters lead

Sherman Parsons
April 15, 2019

Molinari led by two shots from Tiger Woods going into the final round at Augusta National. The four-time Masters champion now sits at 11-under for the tournament and trails leader Francesco Molinari by just two shots.

Rounding out the final group is Tony Finau, who is at 11 under tied with three-time major victor Brooks Koepka.

The 14-time major victor is just a shot behind the all-star cast of Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen - all major winners - heading into the weekend.

Tiger Woods has put himself in a position to compete for his 15th major championship. The third round of the 2019 Masters has ended, and Tiger Woods sits tied for second place, 11 under par, poised to tee off in Sunday's final group.

It's been 11 years since he won his last major and had five surgeries since then, including four on his back and the other to rebuild his left knee. He's finally done it. After birdies on the sixth and eighth, he erupted with four straight birdies starting at the par-three 12th - where his tee shot left him inches from the pin.

"You're going to be tested in a major championship one way or another", Koepka said.

Woods parlayed his 54-hole lead into victory in 2005, but he has not since added to his collection of four Green Jackets, despite coming close several times in the ensuing decade-plus.

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Twenty-two years ago Saturday, Woods won his first major, at the Masters.

As the hype for Sunday's round rises to a level only possible for a player of Woods' stature, I can't help but think what it must have been like to see him play at his very best; to appreciate the man who changed the culture of professional golf at the pinnacle of his career.

Molinari, who claimed his first major at Carnoustie in July, first came to the Masters as a caddy for his brother Eduardo in 2006, when they were paired with Woods.

I liked his post-round interview, where he said that he was just going to do what he can do and was calm about everything. "So just need to go out there and hopefully they can see something on the board where it'll make them a little nervous".

It just hasn't happened for him yet this week, but you can't count him out yet. "I felt good", said Finau. Players will go off the first and 10th tees in hopes of finishing before afternoon thunderstorms that are in the forecast.

And it looked very much the same Sunday, as Molinari remarkably ran his streak without a bogey to 49 holes before finally making a couple of mistakes.

Speaking after his third round, Molinari said: "I played the back nine probably as good as I've ever played over here, so really pleased about that".

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