Masters Sunday: Weather a dramatic backdrop to already dramatic tournament

April 14 14:41 2019

Four pars followed by a bogey at the hard newly-lengthened fifth left him languishing at five-under par.

Day’s countryman Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, sits at six under having made double-bogey at the par-4 fourth, as well as two bogeys and two birdies, to be one over for the round. “Hopefully we can go out and finish before the bad weather gets here”, Molinari said.

Tony Finau is also in the mix among the leaders at the Masters.

Due to the anticipated arrival of thunderstorms in the afternoon, organisers brought the tee times forward in round four, while grouping players in threesomes and using the first and 10th tees.

The last time The Masters was completed on a Monday was in 1983.

Finau’s stunning round owed much to a front-nine 30 highlighted by a spectacular eagle on the par-five eighth, where he nearly holed his second shot.

Dustin Johnson (-6) is one of three others tied with Woods and Jon Rahm is in the group one shot behind them.

Finau hit his second shot on the par-5 No. 8 to within eight inches of the cup for an easy eagle putt. But he made it up for them with a couple of long birdie putts, and he had no complaints with his position.

Brooks Koepka, who won a second straight US Open title a year ago then held off Woods to win the PGA Championship, was alone in fourth on 206 after a three-under 69.

Golf’s best worked their way to the top Friday at Augusta National to set up a weekend pregnant with possibilities. There is little wind, and recent rain has led to a softer course with more forgiving greens. Co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are -12. Bryson DeChambeau, who shared the 18-hole lead with Koepka, went bogey-double bogey around the turn and shot 75. Woods will play with Ian Poulter in the third round. Who will make it past moving day and into contention Sunday? At Augusta, it sounds nearly unstoppable.

Scott birdied the first hole on Saturday to take the outright lead but a series of short missed putts cruelled his hopes, including three-putt bogeys at the par-4 fifth and 18th.

Koepka and Molinari had shared the overnight lead at seven under with Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott and Jason Day, but the latter trio shot 71, 72 and 73 respectively.

Yet four-time Masters champion Woods – seeking a first major title in 11 years – reduced his arrears by turning in 35 as Molinari and Finau shot 36 over the first nine.

Now, at thirteen under, Molinari has the chance to be the first Italian golfer to win a green jacket at the National.

Tony Finau of the U.S. chips to the 13th green during third round play. REUTERS  Mike Segar

Masters Sunday: Weather a dramatic backdrop to already dramatic tournament
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