Published: Вс, Апреля 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters

Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters

Woods, chasing his first major in 11 years and first Green Jacket since claiming his fourth in 2005, was off to a quiet even-par start through six holes to slip three off the pace. But this has the potential to be one of those mystical days when logic is overshadowed by the awesome vision of true greatness. Xander Schauffele of the United States and Italy's Francisco Molinari, the reigning British Open champion, are both at 10 under and playing the back nine.Finau's brilliant round matched Webb Simpson and early starter Patrick Cantlay. "I'll get the mind and body ready for tomorrow and get after it a little bit earlier than we're used to", he said.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tony Finau tied the opening-nine Masters record with a 6-under 30 on Saturday and came within 1 stroke of matching the 18-hole mark with a third-round 64.

What's happened to the 36 year old from Turin over the past year is truly extraordinary. He took down Woods to win the Open previous year and begins with a two stroke lead over Tiger and Finau following a wonderful 66.

Lurking one shot further back is twice U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who scrapped his way to three-under 69 to trail Molinari by three.

Any other time, a hobbled Day might have might have been the story after getting up off the deck to shoot five-under 67. He looked like he was losing touch but, as he invariably does, found an extra gear with an eagle at the 15th to be just three adrift.

Because of the change in starting times, Finau gets to play alongside Woods - his golfing hero. The gains came late at the 13th and the 15th before the best of them at the 18th.

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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.

"I know how to play this golf course; now it's a matter of doing it, " Woods said.

"Tiger is a huge, huge inspiration and influence on me", Finau said. "But I holed some really good putts at 4 and 5 to save par". In 2006, the Masters started play at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday but that was in order to finish the third round.

Still, Woods' 68 to add to an opening 70 for six under puts him exactly where he wants to be - in contention in majors again after coming through the "dark times" of long-term back injuries. On the plus side, he showed the golf world how not to celebrate a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Contest.

"I do think that's nice not waiting around till 3 o'clock to tee off, kind of twiddling your thumbs", Finau said.

He had some luck mid-round, twice seeing wayward drives ending up with a clear path to the green, from where he had no trouble threading recovery shots between the Georgia pines to save par. He is on 13 under par...

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