AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 13: Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges patrons after putting on the 11th green during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 13: Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges patrons after putting on the 11th green during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Aussies crumble under Tiger Woods

Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day struggled to keep pace with the leaders in the third round of the 2019 Masters at Augusta National.

Scott grabbed the outright lead briefly when he birdied the first hole but has since missed a series of short putts for birdie, as well as for par on the fifth hole, to remain even with the card and seven-under-par.

Scott and Day, who also failed to pick up a shot and is seven under, are both four shots behind leader Tony Finau.

Finau raced to 11 under through 15 holes and currently leads Webb Simpson, whose 64 has put him in the clubhouse at nine under.

But the story of the morning went to Tiger Woods.

The four-time Masters winner, despite missing several short putts - including one for eagle at the par-5 eighth - rocketed back late in the day to tie with Finau for the lead.

It was his sixth birdie in 11 holes.

The crowd lost its mind when the 43-year-old putted in a birdie on the 16th hole, putting him in the box seat to claim his fifth Augusta National crown with 20 holes left in the tournament.

Tiger Woods was winding back the clock on Sunday.
Tiger Woods was winding back the clock on Sunday.

Francesco Molinari was the late bloomer of the day, jumped in to tie for first at 11 under before leaving Woods and Finau in his trail to wrap it up as the sole leader at 13 under.
Mother nature threw the tournament a curveball with storms forcing organisers to speed up proceedings to avoid a blowout on Monday. The Masters will move up Sunday's final-round start to 7.30am local time and schedule threesomes off two tees to try and finish early.

Aussies Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith conceded their Masters hopes were all but dashed going into the final round on Monday (AEST).

"Yeah, I'm probably too far back (to win)," Smith said.

"I'm like to be nine or 10 shots back by the end of the day and I'll need a good round tomorrow and some help from the leaderboard." Leishman has risen to world No.20 by fighting to salvage respectable results at each tournament he tees up in and said nothing would change for the Masters finale.

"Oh yeah, there is still a lot to play for; a lot of world ranking points, FedEx Cup points and you can get yourself intonext year's event," Leishman said.

"It's a go-for-broke day, really. I'm tied for 30th at the moment and we don't come toAugusta to finish 30th.

"So I will try shoot a really low one and see what happens." Smith is hoping to emulate his final-round heroics at the 2018 Masters when he closed with a 66 - coming home in just 30 shots on his back nine - to finish as the top Australian.

"It would be nice to do that again; anything in the mid 60s would put me right up there," Smith said.

"That's definitely not out of the question but I have to figure out my long game, it has been a frustrating week."

- with AAP

News Corp Australia


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