rainn.png
Saturday April 20th, 2019 4:39AM

Masters Latest: Tiger up 2 shots with 2 holes to play

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the final round Sunday at the Masters (all times local):

2 p.m.

Tiger Woods has a two-shot lead with two holes to play and is closing in on his first Masters title since 2005.

Woods made back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 to take the two-shot advantage over Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.

___

1:45 p.m.

The leaderboard is changing so fast on the back nine of the Masters it's hard to keep track of the leaders.

There's a five-way tie for the lead in the final round with Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods all at 12-under.

Augusta National has stayed dry, but rain is bearing down on the course and could play a factor on the final holes.

Jason Day and Rickie Fowler are one shot back.

___

12:45 p.m.

Four contenders hit their tee shots at No. 12 into Rae's Creek. Xander Schauffele and Tiger Woods stayed dry and are now tied for the lead with Francesco Molinari.

Molinari, Tony Finau, Ian Poulter and Brooks Koepka all hit the water on the 155-yard par-3. The wind has picked up at Augusta National over the last few hours with potential thunderstorms bearing down on the course.

All four made the same mistake, leaving their shot short and watching it roll down the hill into the water.

That left an opening for Woods, who put his tee shot on the green. He made par and is now in a three-way tie for the lead with Schauffele and Molinari.

___

12:10 p.m.

Tiger Woods remains in contention to win his first Masters since 2005 with nine holes left to play in the final round.

The 43-year-old Woods is one shot behind leader Francesco Molinari, who is trying to win his second major title.

Woods played the front nine in 1-under while Molinari is at even par for the day.

Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau are two shots back.

Augusta National has remained dry though the wind has picked up. The weather forecast calls for possible thunderstorms to roll through by mid-afternoon.

___

11:30 a.m.

Francesco Molinari's lead has been sliced to just one shot over Tiger Woods.

Molinari made a bogey on No. 7 and Woods had a birdie for a two-shot swing. Molinari had gone 49 straight holes without a bogey before missing the 15-foot par putt.

Molinari is now at 12-under for the tournament and Woods it at 11-under. Brooks Koepka is also within one shot of the lead at 11-under.

___

10:50 a.m.

Steady Francesco Molinari has made par on his first five holes and now has a three-shot lead during the final round of the Masters.

Tiger Woods briefly pulled one shot behind Molinari after a birdie on No. 3, but fell back to three behind after bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5.

Tony Finau, who is playing in the final group with Molinari and Woods, also bogeyed No. 5. Finau, Woods and Brooks Koepka are all three shots back.

Patrick Cantlay and Ian Poulter are four shots back.

___

9:30 a.m.

Bryson DeChambeau has made a hole-on-one on No. 16 in the final round at the Masters.

DeChambeau was one of the co-leaders after Thursday's first round after shooting a 66, but fell way off the pace with a 75 and 73 over the next two days.

His shot on the 170-yard hole hit the green well to the right of the hole, but had some backspin and slowly rolled left until it fell into the cup .

It's DeChambeau's first hole-in-one on tour.

The tournament's final group — Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau and Tiger Woods — teed off at 9:20 a.m. All of them made par on the first hole.

___

8:25 a.m.

The final round of the Masters will be a race against the rain.

A powerful line of thunderstorms has swept across the South over the past few days and the rain has already made it to the outskirts of Atlanta, which is approximately 145 miles to the west of Augusta.

Conditions on Sunday morning at Augusta National weren't bad, with overcast skies and relatively calm winds.

But the weather is forecast to deteriorate as the day progresses, with wind building and a line of storms approaching by mid-afternoon. The leaders — Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau and Tiger Woods — are scheduled to tee off at 9:20 a.m.

Molinari has a two-shot lead over Finau and Woods at 13-under 203.

___

7:45 a.m.

Tiger Woods waking up early Sunday morning to play the final round of the Masters ordinarily would mean he is at the bottom of the leaderboard.

That wasn't the case this year.

Francesco Molinari takes a two-shot lead over Woods and Tony Finau into a first-ever Sunday morning start — threesomes off the first and 10th tees — with hopes of finishing the Masters ahead of severe storms in the forecast.

Floodlights cast shadows on the practice range as players warmed up in darkness. Woods, trying to end 14 years without a green jacket, said he would be up by 4 a.m. to start stretching a body that has been slowed by four back surgeries.

Woods, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson were among 10 players within five of the lead.

___

For more AP golf coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Golf, AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - PGA
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Masters Latest: Tiger up 2 shots with 2 holes to play
Masters Latest: Tiger up 2 shots with 2 holes to play at the Masters
2:01PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Biden to campaign as extension of Obama's political movement
Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement
1:58PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Finland: Early count gives left-wing party slight lead
Early returns in Finland's parliamentary election have the center-left Social Democratic Party in first place and the conservative National Coalition Party
1:58PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Masters Latest: Five-way tie for lead late in final round
Masters Latest: Five-way tie for lead late in final round
1:36PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Masters Latest: 4 contenders send tee shots into Rae's Creek
Masters Latest: 4 contenders send tee shots on 12th hole into Rae's Creek
12:52PM ( 1 hour ago )
Canada routs Russia 7-0 to win bronze at women's worlds
Canada routed Russia 7-0 in the bronze-medal game at the women's world hockey championship on Sunday, bouncing back from a historic semifinal loss to Finland a day earlier
11:58AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Masters longshots hope weather brings leaderboard chaos
Masters longshots hope weather brings leaderboard chaos
3:08AM ( 11 hours ago )
Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters
Molinari blocks out the buzz of a Tiger charge, leads Woods and Finau by 2 at the Masters
8:58PM ( 17 hours ago )
Tiger makes a Masters logjam look even larger
Tiger Woods trailing 5-way tie for lead at Masters and makes it feel even larger
9:34PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Golf
The Latest: Crowded leaderboard at Masters, Woods in the mix
The Latest from the Masters: Crowded leaderboard at Masters, Woods 1 shot off the lead
7:52PM ( 1 day ago )
Injured while kissing daughter, Jason Day gets a lot better
Injured while leaning to give his daughter a kiss, Jason Day feels a lot better after shooting 67 in Masters second round
7:14PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Woods tripped up by long leg of the law
The Latest from the Masters: Woods tripped by slipping and sliding law officer
6:28PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - PGA
Biden to campaign as extension of Obama's political movement
Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement
1:58PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Finland: Early count gives left-wing party slight lead
Early returns in Finland's parliamentary election have the center-left Social Democratic Party in first place and the conservative National Coalition Party
1:58PM ( 12 minutes ago )
'Shazam!' bests newcomers with $25.1M second weekend
A quartet of newcomers in movie theaters couldn't shake "Shazam!" from the top spot, as the superhero comedy led the box office for the second straight weekend with an estimated $25.1 million in ticket sales
1:53PM ( 16 minutes ago )
US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict
The U.S. and Russia need to talk more _ that's what American and European analysts, as well as current and former U.S. military officers are saying about the nuclear superpowers.
1:51PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Finland: early returns show left-wing party with slight lead
Early returns in Finland's parliamentary election have the center-left Social Democratic Party in first place and the conservative National Coalition Party
1:41PM ( 28 minutes ago )