All eyes on Tiger Woods as leaders prepare for Masters third round

Ross Houston
April 14, 2019

Before his record-tying first nine on Saturday, Finau was famous for celebrating an ace in last year's Par 3 Contest at Augusta National Golf Club - and in the process dislocating his ankle, which he then popped back into place. "I think it's going to be an incredible weekend no matter what happens now". It added up to a 68 for the Australian who won the Masters six years ago, and has gone three years since his last victory.

He almost holed a 4-iron on the par-5 eighth on his way to a record-tying 30 on the front nine that sent him to his 64.

That doesn't change the fact that he now has a serious chance to claim four of the last eight major championships. He has shown flashes this year on the West Coast, at Torrey Pines and Riviera, but has geared his game toward this week.

Being one shot off the lead, he was one of the final few pairings to go off on Saturday. "This is the best players in the world on the biggest stage that we all want to be in so badly".

But after an errant drive into trees on the left of the 14th, he weaved a stunning second through a gap in the timber to find the green. The shot was pure, hooking around the pines to the green. A security guard - a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent - came rushing in to help mange the patrons.

When he rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and the massive gallery rose to their feet with yet another ear-splitting roar, Woods became the ninth player who had at least a share of the lead.

Scott couldn't buy a putt during the round, apart from when he made consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th, while Day's round was soured by a double bogey seven at the 15th after his approach shot spun back off the front of the green into the water.

"But I also made some distance putts there at 9, 14, 15". "I was just very patient today, felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing".

The delay lasted only 29 minutes.

"As a kid, I always wanted to compete against him and have the opportunity to. you know, I've dreamed of playing in the final group with him in a major championship". "I'm happy. I feel good".

He shot rounds of 75 and 73.

With the forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms late on Sunday officials have chose 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.

Finau might be surrounded by proven Grand Slam winners but he showed previous year that he looks like a major victor in waiting himself. McIlroy played the par 5s even - two bogeys, one par and an eagle on No. 8 that got him under par but only briefly.

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