Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tiger takes centre stage at Augusta

Tiger takes centre stage at Augusta

Woods is fired a four-under 68 to finish one off the lead held by - Francesco Molinari, Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day. More important, his power game seems ready-made for Augusta National, evident by Saturday's 8-under 64 that moved him to 11 under and into a tie for second with Tiger Woods. He was one of the four 54-hole co-leaders a year ago at the U.S. Open, and opened the final round with three bogeys in his first four holes.

Molinari ran off four straight birdies on the back nine for a 6-under 66 that kept Woods and everyone else at a short arm's length going into a Sunday unlike any other at the Masters - an early start because of storms forecast for Sunday afternoon, with threesomes going off the first and 10th tees.

So is the fact that Woods has never won a major without at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

Two years after believing his stellar career was over, Tiger Woods produced a vintage performance to put himself firmly in contention for a first major title since 2008 in the 83rd Masters.

"I always thought that if you care about something, you're going to feel pressure and I've always felt it, from the first time I remember ever playing a golf tournament to now", said Woods. "I hit two bad putts all day and they were both on the eighth when I three-putted".

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"I just let the round build", he said. Simpson, Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari are two shots behind Finau.

Famous for an ugly ankle sprain he sustained during last year's par three contest when he twisted his foot while jumping up and down celebrating a hole-in-one, Finau will now be remembered for matching the Masters record for lowest front nine.

Aaron Wise made a move on "moving day" at the Masters.

That he would go on to birdie the hole was but one aspect of a wild second round at the Masters. "The leaders will tee off at 9:20am". "I think it's going to be an incredible weekend no matter what happens now".

Koepka was the only man in the field without a bogey Thursday but he struggled early on Friday with a double bogey on the second before rallying to regain a share of the lead.

A thrilling day was in prospect, with Woods one of four men a solitary shot off the pace at six under. And clean up his play on the par-5s, which have seen him make just three birdies and a bogey and go 2 under on them through two rounds.

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