Finau rockets into Masters lead with blistering front nine

Finau rockets into Masters lead with blistering front nine

Finau rockets into Masters lead with blistering front nine

Tiger Woods rolled back the years at Augusta National on Sunday, with the famous "Tiger Roar" echoing through the azaleas as he claimed a share of the US Masters lead.

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Throughout Tom Watson's competitive dotage, it became nearly an annual refrain that Augusta National was too long and that his body could not take it any longer.

But it almost all came undone on the 14th after he found himself deep in the pine trees following a wild drive off the tee.

He suffered a brief scare during his second round on Friday after hitting a remarkable escape shot on the 14th hole.

With Italy's Francesco Molinari, South African Louis Oosthuizen, American Brooks Koepka and Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott - major winners all - sharing the overnight lead and Tiger Woods lurking one shot back, a massive crowd filed into Augusta National expecting an extraordinary day's action.

He poured in his birdie putt to jump to 5-under for the tournament.

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"Accidents happen, we move on", Woods said of the incident, confirming he suffered no major damage from the guard's boot.

The delay lasted only 29 minutes. He played the first eight holes at even par before kicking it into another gear, starting with a 37-foot birdie putt on No. 9. But he made it up for them with a couple of long birdie putts, and he had no complaints with his position.

"I felt like the first round was kind of where I was on the weekend last week and then I thought today was a bit better, " Spieth said. He got up and down from the fairway on the 18th hole to finish off a bogey-free round.

"The last two major championships I've been right there", Woods said.

He shot rounds of 75 and 73.

But since then he has shown more than a glimmer of his once-spellbinding form, and has placed himself firmly in contention with a commanding 68 in his second round to remain a shot behind the leaders at 6-under par.

But back at the 14th hole, Molinari made an 8-foot putt for his third straight birdie, pushing his score to 12 under, and Woods into a tie for second with players still on the course. He was only seven shots behind, but he had 35 players in front of him.

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