The first five-way tie for the lead after 36 holes at Augusta featured Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen. It was then that he turned around his day like only the old Tiger Woods could do. “I’m good”, said Woods.
However, past year the BBC had had late-night highlights of the first and second rounds as well as live coverage of the final two on Saturday and Sunday.
Italian Molinari carded an error-free 67 for his best round in eight Masters that put the British Open champion in contention for a Green Jacket to go along with the Claret Jug he hoisted a year ago. A threesome on Sunday at the Masters?
It has been made a decision to use both the first and tenth tees, with players playing in groups of three as distinct from the traditional two.
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 Saturday.
But a 20-foot birdie at the sixth sparked his round as the 43-year-old quickly climbed up the leaderboard by picking up further shots at the next two holes.
“I wasn’t sure I was playing with him until I saw him on the range hitting balls”, Pepperell said. “So I can live with that”.
“Given that there’s so many people in front of me that you can’t expect that one person to come back, so I have to go catch them, which means I’ve got to go shoot a low one”. “I missed a couple of short putts in the round on 5 and 6 and 13”. “I would say the more important shots were probably the two par putts on four and five … you keep momentum on your side if you make them”. He’s now one round away from swapping the caddie’s jumpsuit for a green jacket.
Arnold Palmer also had four victories. Fast forward 13 years and Molinari is a three-time PGA Tour victor, a major champion, and will be playing with Woods in the final pairing on Sunday.
Through five holes of Saturday’s third round at the Masters, Tiger Woods was one-over and watching as the rest of the field was taking advantage of the easy scoring conditions.
He couldn’t help but let out a small smile after his round Saturday.
“It will be nice not having to wait all day, not having to wait six hours from when I’m up, so you can just get out there and go play”, Koepka said.
“A lot of guys are playing great”. “It is really an incredible leaderboard”.
The British Open champion, who rarely looked like dropping a shot all day, had to survive a nervy finish when he hit a poor drive then landed his second in the bunker at the 18th.
After a 30-minute delay, Woods came out and missed the 5-footer.
Ryder Cup team-mate Tyrrell Hatton reacts to Francesco Molinari’s wonderful record of just one bogey in 54 holes with a video of a shocked audience member from Australia’s Got Talent and three applause emojis. “I felt like I left a few shots out there”.
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