The Masters Day 3: Woods looks the man to beat

Tiger Woods has his left ankle clipped after a Masters security guard lost his footing on wet grass at Augusta National

Major winners Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Adam Scott share top spot at the Masters at the end of the second round, but it was Tiger Woods who commanded the spotlight once again at Augusta National.

When he rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and the massive gallery rose to their feet with yet another ear-splitting roar, Woods became the ninth player who had at least a share of the lead.

BUNCHED UP: Molinari is the reigning British Open champion, and there are four major champions within five shots of the lead.

But Woods took huge steps toward grabbing a fifth Masters green jacket with a stellar start, the 43-year-old American superstar answering a bogey at the fifth with birdies on the next three holes.

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Scott couldn't buy a putt during the round, apart from when he made consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th, while Day's round was soured by a double bogey seven at the 15th after his approach shot spun back off the front of the green into the water. You believed the way you believed at last fall's Tour Championship at East Lake, where the fans surrounded Woods on the 18th hole before he pumped his arms toward the sky to punctuate his first victory in five-plus years.

"I putted well today", Woods said.

However, a poor short game cost the former world number one any chance of challenging the leaders, with neither he nor Day managing to break par.

He almost holed a 4-iron on the par-5 eighth on his way to a record-tying 30 on the front nine that sent him to his 64. "And that's what I want to focus on and I know that I'm playing well enough".

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With thunderstorms bound for Augusta late on Sunday, the final round of the Masters has been moved up and golfers have been put in threesomes rather than pairs, with the leaders set to tee off at 9:20am local time (2:20pm BST).

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All three shot 64, one off the course record held by Nick Price and Greg Norman, and produced a Masters first: The tournament, which never before had seen more than one score of 64 or better, had three in one day. They'll go at 9:20 a.m. ET because of an early, two-tee start to beat the weather. They'll go into Finau's trophy case at home. Webb Simpson and Patrick Cantlay both shot an 8-under 64, just one shot away from tying the Masters record.Finau is already at 8-under for the day through 16 holes, giving him a chance at making history. He will certainly feel the pressure, he said, because he cares deeply about his legacy and his craft. But to lead wire-to-wire at East Lake, and to do that under tough conditions against the hottest players all year, that gave me a lot of confidence going into the season.

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