Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Tiger Woods stalking victory at the 2019 Masters — Tiger Tracker Postscript

Tiger Woods stalking victory at the 2019 Masters — Tiger Tracker Postscript

He went on to finish in a tie for 10th.

5 p.m This is a tradition unlike any other for the Masters - an early start Sunday with hopes of finishing ahead of thunderstorms. 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.

"The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount", Fred Ridley, Augusta National's chairman, said in a statement.

Masters champions are roughly aligned with Dylan Thomas when it comes to the dying of the light. Two players posted rounds of 8-under-64 and under is 8-under for the day through 16 holes.

Up at the green, Woods slid in the curving 20-footer for birdie to send the patrons into raptures.

He made six birdies, including a 30-footer at the ninth, a 15-footer at the 14th after the near-accident, and another 30-footer at the 15th, where he made his only par-5 birdie of the day. Simpson made a 37-foot putt for eagle on No. 13.

Finau equalled the all-time Masters scoring record on the first nine, helped by a magnificent 2nd shot at the par five eighth that left him with a tap-in eagle, leaving him in a tie with Woods for second.

Brooks Koepka arrived to the same spot on Augusta National's back lawn roughly 25 minutes later.

Cantlay, who began the day nine shots off the lead, moved to within a shot of a group of leaders who had yet to tee off when he finished.

When he saved par from a bunker on the 18th hole, it was his 43rd consecutive hole without a bogey - something no person has achieved at Augusta in over 25 years. He started the day at 2-over par and tied for 50th.

Joining him in the last group will be Woods, who also paired with the Italian in the final round at Carnoustie, after the American electrified Augusta National with a five-under 67 that put him on the brink of ending a 11-year majors drought. 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.

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.

I've picked out a twoball featuring Woods who played sensationally yesterday but missed a few short putts that would otherwise have catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard on his own. Tiger made four ho-hum pars to start, then made bogey for the third consecutive day on the hard par-4 fifth. Woods held the Sunday lead at last year's Open Championship before Molinari beat him head-to-head.

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