Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Molinari leads by 2 entering Masters' final round

Molinari leads by 2 entering Masters' final round

Molinari knows what kind of atmosphere Woods brings to a major. But this has the potential to be one of those mystical days when logic is overshadowed by the awesome vision of true greatness.

The 14-time major victor is just a shot behind the all-star cast of Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen - all major winners - heading into the weekend.

The headlines for Woods aren't limited to his play, though.

A year ago, Tony Finau hobbled around Augusta National on a dislocated left ankle, gamely staying in contention despite an injury that was as ugly-looking as it was painful.

Molinari was at 13-under 203, two shots ahead of Woods and Finau. Over three days he's made one bogey, which nearly defies belief at Augusta, and he kept that going with an exquisite long bunker shot at the 18th to 3ft. And if Woods does manage to win this tournament, his fifth green jacket could have quite the impact on the life of an as-yet-unborn baby in Dallas.

Woods' round took an interesting turn on No. 14.

Woods sits one shot adrift after rounds of 70-68, using his ever-present gum as a metronome to guide his steady climb up the standings. The gains came late at the 13th and the 15th before the best of them at the 18th.

Tiger Woods (T2, -11): If your view of this tournament is exclusively focused on Tiger, then the lingering thought is that there have been five or six putts that could/should have dropped across the last 54 holes. As he walked toward the green, Rickie Fowler was walking down the ninth fairway and gave Finau a thumb's up on the shot.

Then there's Finau. When he finished in the top ten on his Masters debut past year despite dislocating his ankle during the par three event, it begged the question: what would he achieve when fully fit?

Finau finished the day at 64 and will be remembered for being just the fifth golfer in history to shoot a 30 on the front nine.

As for Rory McIlroy, the career Grand Slam might need to wait another year.

"I'm a little frustrated with couple of holes coming in, I missed a couple of opportunities", Poulter admitted.

Plus, Finau has been killing it on the par 5s, with eight birdies and an eagle in 12 holes played this week. 'I just loved this course from the start, I felt instantly that it was right up my alley, ' he said.

Tony Finau of the USA looks up the 4th hole before hitting during third round play.

Because as the ball soared toward the green, Tiger and the fans who were close to him all moved to see where the ball was going.

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