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  • Can Tiger outlast a loaded leaderboard on Sunday at the Masters? Woods starts the day two shots off the lead. Follow along for hole-by-hole updates and analysis.
By The SI Staff
April 14, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. — It's the best show in golf: Tiger Woods, in contention, on Sunday, at the Masters. And it's a reality once again. 

Woods fired a five-under 67 on Saturday to get to 11–under for the tournament, and he entered the final round just two shots behind Francesco Molinari. He'll play in the final threesome alongside Molinari and Finau, who was also at 11-under through 54 holes. 

Yes, it's a threesome. Players are going off in threes, off both tees, and much earlier than usual to try to beat inclement weather that's expected to roll in Sunday afternoon. Play starts at 7 a.m. and the final group will hit their first tee shots at 9:20 a.m. ET.

Follow along with us all day as Woods chases his fifth green jacket, his 15th major and the true completion of this unlikely comeback. Click here to see the full 2019 Masters leaderboard.

Hole 18, par 4: BOGEY (-2 for the day, -13 overall, Masters champion)

Woods' par attempt from 10 feet lipped out, but the Augusta crowd didn't seem to mind as Tiger tapped-in for bogey to claim his fifth Green Jacket. Woods finished with a final-round 70, notching three birdies on the back nine. Sunday marked Tiger's first Masters victory since 2005 and his first major victory since 2008. 

Hole 17, par 4: PAR (-3 for the day, -14 overall, leader)

Woods went tee-to-green in two once again, then two-putted for a calm par as he heads to 18. He'll have a two-stroke lead in the final hole as Brooks Koepka couldn't convert a birdie putt on 18. 

Hole 16, par 3: BIRDIE (-3 for the day, -14 overall, leader)

Woods is cruising through 16 and now holds a two-stroke lead with two to play. His appoach off the tee on 16 was perhaps his best shot of the day, landing softly before trickling within five feet of the hole. Tiger now sits two up on the field with two holes to play. 

Updated leaderboard:

Woods -14

Schauffele -14

Johnson -12

Koepka -12

Hole 15, par 5: BIRDIE (-2 for the day, -13 overall, leader)

Woods stands atop the leaderboard after a major gaffe from Molinari, who pitched into the water on 15. Molinari is now three strokes off the lead at 10-under.

As Molinari sunk, Woods remained focused, driving onto the green in two on the par-5. Tiger missed right with his eagle attempt, but advanced to 13-under with a tap-in birdie. 

Updated leaderboard: 

Woods -13

Schauffele -12

Johnson -12

Koepka -12

Fowler -11

Hole 14, par 4: PAR (-1 for the day, -12 overall, tied for lead)

Tiger held steady on the par-4 14th as did Molinari, driving tee-to-green in two strokes, followed by a two-putt from just outside 12 feet. Woods, Molinari and Schauffele sit tied at 12-under as Woods and Molinari head to 15.

Dustin Johnson is also in contention after a birdie on the par-3 16th. The former U.S. Open champion is at 11-under through 16.

Updated leaderboard:

Woods -12

Molinari -12

Schauffele -12

Johnson -11

Kopeka -11

Hole 13, par 5: BIRDIE (-1 for the day, -12 overall, tied for lead)

Woods converted a birdie on the par-5 13th in typical fashion, driving down the fairway on his first shot and onto the back of the green with safe approach on the second. Tiger couldn't convert a 30-footer for eagle, but still sits atop the leaderboard with Schauffele and Molinari after a tap-in birdie. 

Updated leaderboard: 

Woods -12

Schauffele -12

Molinarnari -12

Koepka -11

Cantlay -11

Day -10

Fowler -10

Hole 12, par 4: PAR (Even for the day, -11 overall, tied for lead)

Tiger Woods is tied for the lead at the Masters. Woods saved par with an eight-foot putt, sticking at 11-under heading to the par-5 13th. Molinari didn't fare so well on the 12th, splashing into the water and failing to save bogey with his putter. Woods, Molinari and Xander Schauffele sit atop the lead at 11-under. 

Updated leaderboad: 

Woods -11

Molinari -11

Schauffele -11

Watson -10

Day -10

Finau -10

Hole 11, par 4: PAR (Even for the day, -11 overall, two back)

Woods found himself right of the fairway off the tee, but favorably found a straight angle to the green on the par-4 11th. He ripped a stinger onto the green, but failed to hole a birdie opportunity. Molinari held steady, meanwhile, retaining a two-shot lead with another par. 

Koepka found Rae's Creek on the 12th, falling to nine-under with a double bogey.  He's replaced near the top of the leaderboard by Bubba Watson, who registered an eagle on 15 to advance to 10-under. 

Updateded leaderboard: 

Molinari -13

Woods -11

Watson -10

Day -10

Schauffele -10

Finau -10

Cantlay -10

Hole 10, par 4: BOGEY (Even for the day, -11 overall, two back)

Both Woods and Finau scrambled to a bogey on the par-4 10th while Molinari held steady with a par save to advance two strokes ahead of the field. We have a crowded leaderboard on the back nine, headlined by Woods and Brooks Koepka, who remains two strokes back of Molinari.

Updated leaderboard:

Molinari -13 

Woods -11

Koepka -11

Cantlay -10

Schauffele - 10

Poulter -10

Finau -10

Hole 9, par 4: PAR (-1 for the day, -12 overall, one back)

Woods nearly rolled in a 50-footer for his third-straight birdie, but he settled for a solid two-putt to remain one back of Molinari. Tiger heads to the back nine one stroke away from his first Masters victory since 2005.

Updated leaderboard:

Molinari -13

Woods -12 

Finau -11

Koepka -11

Poulter -10

Cantlay -10

Hole 8, par 5: BIRDIE (-1 for the day, -12 overall, one back)

He tried to hit a high draw over the right bunker with his drive, to ride the wind, but it didn't turn and actually finished right of it. From there, a cut 3 wood that went well long of the green but finished in an okay spot. He played a nifty bump and run to about 8 feet and holed that one. A birdie to match Molinari, who holed a 12 footer for a birdie of his own. 

Hole 7, par 4: BIRDIE (Even for the day, -11 overall, one back)

A good way to avoid missing short putts is to hit it close enough that you can kick it in. Tiger hit two perfect shots on 7. First, a squeeze cut 3 wood off the tee. Then, another fade from 146 yards to one foot. It's almost as close as he hit it there yesterday. 

Meanwhile, Molinari hit another really poor tee shot, this time left, and did well to advance it short of a greenside bunker right. And he couldn't get it up and down! That's his first bogey since 11 and all the sudden, Tiger is once again just one back. 

Hole 6, par 3: PAR (+1 for the day, -10 overall, three back)

Huge miss there. Molinari played first and went way long of the green, leaving a difficult pitch. Then Tiger stuck an 8-iron to 11 feet, and there looked like there might be a two-shot swing. Instead, there was a zero-shot swing. Tiger's birdie effort wasn't even close, and Molinari managed to get up and in and avoid a bogey yet again. 

He's now missed three really makeable putts. 

Hole 5, par 4: BOGEY (+1 for the day, -10 overall, three back)

This hole gets him for the fourth straight time, even though he hit the fairway with a 3-wood. That left an approach from outside 200 yards and he blocked it a bit, leaving the ball below a slope. He was way too frisky with the birdie effort and left another 10-ish footer for par, and like the last hole, he missed it. 

That's not good—two bogeys in a row. Meanwhile, Molinari managed to make par after a terrible drive. And like Tiger, Finau made bogey and so did Koepka, at 6, so Molinari's lead is three. 

Molinari -13
Koepka -10
Woods -10
Finau -10
Cantlay, Poulter -9

Hole 4, par 4: BOGEY (Even for the day, -11 overall, two back)

The momentum didn't last long. The problem here was the tee shot, which was right on line but a full two clubs short. Woods had a 40 yard pitch and left it 10 feet short, and the par effort caught the right lip but wouldn't drop. He now head to the toughest hole on the course, the newly lengthened No. 5, which he's bogeyed all three days. 

Molinari -13
Woods -11
Finau -11
Koepka -11
Cantlay, Simpson -6

Hole 3, par 4: BIRDIE (-1 for the day, -12 overall, one back)

Here we go! Tiger decided to lay up with an iron on the shortest par 4 on the course after hitting driver the first three days. He wanted to be able to spin a wedge to access a diabolocial back-left pin, and he executed it to perfection, hitting a beautiful approach to about eight feet. That left a slipper putt, but it was dead center the whole way. He makes the first birdie of the day and is now just one behind Molinari. 

Molinari -13
Woods -12
Koepka -11
Finau -11
Schauffele, Simpson -9

Hole 2, par 5: PAR (Even for the day, -11 overall, two back)

The chief obstacle off the second tee is a bunker down the right side of the fairway. Hit it in there, and you have to layup. Keep it left, and you can go for the green. Tiger hit it in the bunker yesterday and made sure he wouldn't today...but he turned his driver over way too much and snapped one into the trees. He was lucky not to have found a bush or water and punched out to 217 yards. From there, an on-line long iron that landed softly and left a speedy 60 footer for birdie. He did well to get that one to four feet and brushed the par effort in without incident. 

Molinari failed to get up and down for birdie, and Tiger really dodged a bullet there—first, to escape with par, and second, to not drop a shot to either Finau or Molinari. 

Molinari -13
Woods -11
Koepka -11
Finau -11
Oosthuizen, Kuchar, Schauffele, Simpson -9

Hole 1, par 4: PAR, (Even for the day, -11 overall, two back)

Playing last in the threesome, Tiger went with 3 wood off the first tee and hit a dart down the left side of the fairway. From there, he had 166 yards slightly uphill to back-middle pin. It was right on line but a bit short, and rolled down a slope to roughly 30 feet. The birdie effort was good for speed but left the hole way, but a stress-free par to begin. 

Meanwhile....Molinari holed a 13 footer for par after a poor chip. That would have been his first bogey since the 11th hole, but this guy is tough as nails. 

Molinari -13
Finau -11
Woods -11
Koepka -10
Oosthuizen, Kuchar, Harding, Schauffele, Simpson, Poulter -9

Pre-round: Warming up in the dark

The first groups have gone off No. 1 and a horde of players are warming up on the driving range and on the putting green—with a little assistance from some flood lights. Here's a shot of the action right before players got to the range.

Before action begins, get ready for Masters Sunday with Daniel Rapaport's five biggest storylines to watch.

Another recommended read before Sunday gets underway: Stephanie Apstein examines if all the low scores at Augusta are bad for the future of the Masters.

 

 

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)