Tiger looms large, even on star-filled Masters leaderboard


One hole earlier, a pinpoint chip to set up birdie had drawn with one shot.

What followed was vintage Woods and brought back chilling roars harkening to his 1997 "Tigermania" first major win.

Finau started the day four off the pace and made that deficit up with the birdies on the first three holes and another at the sixth. When he mounted the 18th tee here 28 years ago, he picked out his Persimmon driver and smashed his tee-shot clean over the left-hand bunker.

"It was fun", Woods said after the round, before saying he was confident on how he was striking the ball ahead of the weekend.

"Accidents happen, we move on", Woods said of the incident, confirming he suffered no major damage from the guard's boot.

Simpson, Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari are two shots behind Finau.

His five putts made from beyond 20 feet over two days are two more than any rival.

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Woods initially skipped away as the golfing world collectively held its breath, but showed no ill effects during the remainder of his round and was just an inch from a share of the lead when he left a 15-foot putt short on the final green. After a flawless opening round, Koepka had two bogeys and a double in his first six holes on Friday but the twice U.S. Open champion was able to regain his composure, steadying himself with six straight pars from the ninth. It must be the hills, because I've been playing and hitting a lot of balls recently with no ill-effects.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, eagled the par-5 15th to reach eight-under but a bogey at 16 dropped him back into the pack. The leaders will tee off at 9 a.m., about six hours earlier than a typical Sunday at Augusta National.Assuming there are no delays, the final round should end about 2:30 p.m.CBS Sports will broadcast the final round starting at 9 a.m.Club chairman Fred Ridley says an early start gives the tournament the best chance to avoid rain and end on Sunday. For none of them, ultimately, go gentle into that good night.

But he feels he's getting closer.

Tiger Woods of the USA walks off the 17th green during third round play.

The 29-year-old American joins five others - Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, K.J. Choi, Gary Woodland and Mickelson - who have all carded 30 over the first nine.

Rose, Garcia and Willett, at four-over-par 148, missed by one stroke, while Schwartzel was two shots over the line.