Tiger Woods shrugs off injury scare to sit one off the lead

Tiger Woods shrugs off injury scare to sit one off the lead

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.

There's a reason there's no running at Augusta National: you might just take out a four-time champion.

Woods returned from spinal fusion surgery last year and contended at the British Open and PGA Championship then snapped a five-year US PGA Tour win drought at the Tour Championship and stretched his comeback story again Friday with no health issues after great play on one of golf's biggest stages.

Several prominent players were still on the course when the horn blasted, including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who had just hit his tee shot on the par-three 12th.

The horn sounded to clear spectators from the course with major winners Francesco Molinari, Jason Day and Brooks Koepka all sharing the clubhouse lead at seven-under.

One hole earlier, a pinpoint chip to set up birdie had drawn with one shot.

The 43-year-old will be desperate to claim his fifth Masters title after last taking the green jacket home back in 2005.


Finau started the day four off the pace and made that deficit up with the birdies on the first three holes and another at the sixth. Simpson made a 37-foot putt for eagle on No. 13.

With the forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms late on Sunday officials have chose to send golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees rather than traditional pairs in an attempt to get the final round completed and avoid a Monday finish to the year's first major.

Woods initially skipped away as the golfing world collectively held its breath, but showed no ill effects during the remainder of his round and was just an inch from a share of the lead when he left a 15-foot putt short on the final green.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, eagled the par-5 15th to reach eight-under but a bogey at 16 dropped him back into the pack.

"It was a solid day off the tee, hit the ball well", Molinari said.

Rose, Garcia and Willett, at four-over-par 148, missed by one stroke, while Schwartzel was two shots over the line.

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.

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