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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Woods in position to end 11 year major drought


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Tiger Woods is in position to claim his first major title in 11 years, after a record-breaking third round of the Masters.

Woods shot five-under 67, his lowest round at Augusta since 2011, to move to 11-under for the tournament and leave himself just two shots behind British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

After bogeying the fifth hole for the third straight day, Woods reeled off birdies at the 6th, 7th and 8th holes, and added three more on the second nine as he moved into a tie for second.

“I putted well today,” Woods said.

“I thought if I just get the speed a little bit better than I did yesterday, they’re going to start going in.

“After the bogey on five I got on a roll, and probably the only putt I missed all day was on eight for eagle.”

It’s the third straight major that Woods has contended at, after his 6th place finish at the British Open and 2nd at the US PGA; however all 14 of his previous major victories have come after he held at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

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. He’s now one round away from swapping the caddie’s jumpsuit for a green jacket.

Molinari has put together a remarkable run this week, with his only bogey coming at the 11th hole during the first round. Since then he’s had 13 birdies without dropping a shot.

With poor weather forecast for Sunday’s final round, organisers have taken the unprecedented step of moving play forward, with threesomes to tee off from both the 1st and 10th tees much earlier than normal.

Play will begin at 9:30pm (AEST) with the leaders to tee off at 11:20pm (AEST). Nine will broadcast the final round from 11:00pm (AEST).

It was a day of records at Augusta, with three players shooting rounds of 64 for the first time ever. Tony Finau (-11), Webb Simpson (-9) and Patrick Cantlay (-6) all made big moves up the leaderboard.

Finau equalled the all-time Masters scoring record on the first nine, helped by a magnificent 2nd shot at the par five eighth that left him with a tap-in eagle, leaving him in a tie with Woods for second.

It was a frustrating day for the Australians, with Adam Scott and Jason Day unable to make any significant moves after starting in a tie for the lead.

Scott now sits six shots back, with Day a further stroke behind, after both bogeyed the 18th.

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.

Cameron Smith (69) moved to three under for the tournament, while Marc Leishman (70) is at two under.

The final round of the Masters will be live on Nine from 11:00pm Sunday (AEST) with additional streams on 9NOW

Tiger Woods is in position to claim his first major title in 11 years, after a record-breaking third round of the Masters.

Woods shot five-under 67, his lowest round at Augusta since 2011, to move to 11-under for the tournament and leave himself just two shots behind British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

After bogeying the fifth hole for the third straight day, Woods reeled off birdies at the 6th, 7th and 8th holes, and added three more on the second nine as he moved into a tie for second.

“I putted well today,” Woods said.

“I thought if I just get the speed a little bit better than I did yesterday, they’re going to start going in.

“After the bogey on five I got on a roll, and probably the only putt I missed all day was on eight for eagle.”

It’s the third straight major that Woods has contended at, after his 6th place finish at the British Open and 2nd at the US PGA; however all 14 of his previous major victories have come after he held at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

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. He’s now one round away from swapping the caddie’s jumpsuit for a green jacket.

Molinari has put together a remarkable run this week, with his only bogey coming at the 11th hole during the first round. Since then he’s had 13 birdies without dropping a shot.

With poor weather forecast for Sunday’s final round, organisers have taken the unprecedented step of moving play forward, with threesomes to tee off from both the 1st and 10th tees much earlier than normal.

Play will begin at 9:30pm (AEST) with the leaders to tee off at 11:20pm (AEST). Nine will broadcast the final round from 11:00pm (AEST).

It was a day of records at Augusta, with three players shooting rounds of 64 for the first time ever. Tony Finau (-11), Webb Simpson (-9) and Patrick Cantlay (-6) all made big moves up the leaderboard.

Finau equalled the all-time Masters scoring record on the first nine, helped by a magnificent 2nd shot at the par five eighth that left him with a tap-in eagle, leaving him in a tie with Woods for second.

It was a frustrating day for the Australians, with Adam Scott and Jason Day unable to make any significant moves after starting in a tie for the lead.

Scott now sits six shots back, with Day a further stroke behind, after both bogeyed the 18th.

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.

Cameron Smith (69) moved to three under for the tournament, while Marc Leishman (70) is at two under.

The final round of the Masters will be live on Nine from 11:00pm Sunday (AEST) with additional streams on 9NOW

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