Tiger Woods survives security guard to remain in Masters contention

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

"The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount", said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

"Given the possibility of severe weather Sunday afternoon, groupings and tee times for the final round will be adjusted".

All proven in the heat of battle, and in 2013 Masters victor Scott and past runners-up Day and Oosthuizen loaded with serious Augusta credentials.

Because of the change in starting times, Finau gets to play alongside Woods - his golfing hero.

Woods - showing no ill effects from yesterday's inadvertent interaction with a security guard - looked good as new, even for a 43-year-old who hasn't won a major in almost 11 years.

Scott, tied for the lead with Day and three other players at 7-under heading into the round, briefly took the outright lead after birdieing the first hole.

The two major champions will be accompanied by Tony Finau, who matched Woods's 11-under total with a dazzling eight-under 64 that featured a Masters-record equaling front nine of six-under 30.

When the all clear came half an hour later, Woods missed the birdie putt, and squandered another birdie chance under persistent drizzle on the 13th. "And that's what I want to focus on and I know that I'm playing well enough". The 29-year-old American became the third player to shoot an 8-under 64 in the third round of the Masters. They are all scheduled to tee off Saturday between 2:25 and 2:45 p.m.Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Justin Harding and Xander Schauffele are all one shot back. "This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix, and so it's good stuff". It might be nothing, however, compared to the mental agonies he'll need to overcome today if he is to end a three year victory drought and claim his first major.

Finau might be surrounded by proven Grand Slam winners but he showed past year that he looks like a major victor in waiting himself. Day was right behind, coping with nagging soreness in his lower back with a 67 to match the Italian. I wish I only had to worry about him.

"I was a little bit stiff when I came back out and started swinging again, but I was able to ratchet up the speed for 13 to just sort of go after it, " he said. He has added distance to his tee shots and re-invented himself on the putting green. Until now, Finau was best known at Augusta for dislocating his ankle a year ago while celebrating an ace in the par-3 tournament that precedes the Masters.

Two more birdies at par fives, the 13th and 15th, gave him his memorable score.

With the ball flying a long way in the humidity and the greens retaining moisture, the players had a green light to attack the course.

Before Saturday, there had never been two 64s in the same Masters, let alone in the same round.

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