Tiger Woods cops accidental slide tackle after miracle shot at US Masters

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy

Woods has already vastly improved on his performance at The Masters past year, where he was three-over par at after two rounds.

Reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari, last year's British Open and PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka, Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott and South African Louis Oosthuizen all shared the midway lead.

Players were greeted by steady rain as play began on Friday but the skies cleared allowing over half of the 87-player field to complete their rounds before action was halted.

Tiger Woods entered the third round just one shot off the lead after shooting a fantastic round of four-under par on Friday.

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.

"I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament", Woods said. He had four birdies and added an eagle on No. 8 on the front nine alone.

Tony Finau is also in the mix among the leaders at the Masters.

At the par-5 15th, Woods curled in a 30-footer for birdie, punctuated with a right fist pump to put himself one stroke off the lead.




What followed was vintage Woods and brought back chilling roars harkening to his 1997 "Tigermania" first major win.

Dustin Johnson (70) and Justin Harding (69) were a shot behind at 6-under, alongside four-time Masters victor Woods, who is sitting ominously just behind the leaders as he hunts a first major since the 2008 US Open.

Ian Poulter (71) and Jon Rahm (70) were a shot further back with Phil Mickelson (73) among those three off the pace on a congested leaderboard.

On moving day at Augusta National, Patrick Cantlay made a monster leap, turning in an error-free eight-under 64 to jump from two-over at the start of the day to six-under with his name popping up on the leaderboard.

A birdie on the 10th was immediately cancelled out on the next and another bogey looked on the cards after his drive on the 13th clipped a tree - but after pitching out on to the fairway McIlroy hit his approach to 13 feet and holed for birdie.

But he very much looks in contention this time round, along with a big group of players including the likes of Francesco Molinari, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka.

Woods had played a sublime recovery shot from the pine straw immediately prior to that incident and duly converted his resulting birdie putt before picking up another shot at the 15th to get to six under.

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