Finau rockets into Masters lead with blistering front nine

Finau rockets into Masters lead with blistering front nine

On the plus side, he showed the golf world how not to celebrate a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Contest. It seems pointless to even ask if the early start times or star-studded board will have an effect on the 28-year-old who didn't blink when Woods was at his heels down the stretch at Bellerive. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with the televised broadcast window beginning at 9 a.m. and the 54-hole leaders taking the course shortly thereafter.

Now comes the weekend, and it certainly has the potential to be a classic Masters finish. Thirteen years after Molinari caddied for his brother Eduardo Molinari at Augusta when he played with Tiger in the first two rounds, now the younger brother will take on the man they all look up to for real.

"Given the possibility of severe weather Sunday afternoon, groupings and tee times for the final round will be adjusted".

That would change at the sixth, however, as Woods reeled off three straight birdies.

The group another shot back included Dustin Johnson, who only made birdies on the par-5s and bogeyed his last hole for a 70.

After an ordinary outward nine featuring three birdies offset by a pair of bogeys, Woods embarked on one of his trademark charges, carding three birdies after the turn to shoot up the leaderboard.

This probably is where the refined membership of Augusta National Golf Club wants to stop.

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Plenty of birdies were anticipated on Saturday and Patrick Cantlay - one of the morning starters - was showing what was possible, playing his first 11 holes in five under to move within four of the lead. He started the day at 2-over par and tied for 50th.

It was like old times as the 43-year-old turned up the buzz with each shot, the roars echoing across Augusta National when Woods rolled in a long birdie putt at 15 and continued until he walked off the 18th where his birdie putt clung to the lip leaving him a tap-in par.

Woods teeing off among the leaders at 9:20 a.m., trying to win his first Masters title in 14 years and his first major championship in more than a decade before grabbing a late lunch. Woods is a notoriously light sleeper, and these days, his creaky body needs hours of prep work before he even thinks of heading to the course and driving down Magnolia Lane.

The two major champions will be accompanied by Tony Finau, who matched Woods's 11-under total with a dazzling eight-under 64 that featured a Masters-record equaling front nine of six-under 30.

But in order to overtake the firepower at the top of the leaderboard, Woods will need to convert some of those putts - he missed five inside of 10 feet.

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

The world No.7 hit a hot streak a year ago and held off a resurgent Woods in the 2018 Open at Carnoustie to clinch his maiden major title.