Augusta, Ga. – Record scores on whiteboards at Augusta National. The roaring background noises for Tiger Woods along the last nine.
Francesco Molinari blocked the buzz during a crazy day of nine players sharing space at the top of the standings on Saturday. He emerged with another rock – solid round that looked spectacular only on his dashboard.
Molinari had four consecutive birdies on the back of the ball for a game under 66 that kept Woods and everyone else at arm's length to get into a Sunday like no other at the Masters. trios starting from the first and 10th tees. The leaders left at 9:20.
How to watch the 4th round of the Masters 2019 tournament
- What: The final of the 2019 Masters Tournament
- When: April 14
- Or: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
- TV channels: CBS, with live coverage from 9:00 am ET
- Online: First live coverage on Masters.com
- Live ranking: CBS Sports
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The modified format Sunday placed Woods in the Masters final group for the first time in 12 years, two strokes behind. Woods won his 14 major tournaments when he had at least a share of the lead for the final round. It gives an impetus to this major, after having played the last two.
"It's been a while since I'm here," said Woods. "But again, the last two leagues count for something – I've been in the mix with a chance to win major championships in the last two years, and that helps."
Molinari played with Woods on the final day at Carnoustie last summer and beat the 14-time major in a crowded standings to win the British Open.
This is different.
This is Augusta National, where the gallery that applauded each birdie of Woods made it clear that she was anxious to see the champion four times slip a green jacket on a red shirt for the first time since 2005.
"He obviously loves this place and he plays golf terribly," said Molinari. "So, I'm aware that it will not be easy tomorrow and, as I said, I can just do my best."
Woods has not played in the last group in major since he gave up a two-stroke lead over Y.E. Yang in Hazeltine in the 2009 PGA Championship
He arrived Saturday with three birdies in a row and three more on his last six holes for a 67, his best score at the Masters since the last round in 2011.
Tony Finau joins them and this year plays two good ankles after a self-inflicted injury a year ago. It was part of a historic Saturday that counted among the three players to have managed 64 shots.
Departure times and groupings
- 7:30 pm: Aaron Wise, Marc Leishman, Si Woo Kim
- 7:41 am: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Kevin Tway, Patton Kizzire
- 7:52 pm: Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith
- 8:03 am: Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners
- 8:14 am: Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Lucas Bjerregaard
- 8:25 am: Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm
- 8:36 am: Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Thorbjorn Olesen
- 8:47 am: Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler
- 8:58 am: Matt Kuchar, Justin Harding, Xander Schauffele
- 9:09 AM: Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter
- 9:20 am: Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau, Tiger Woods
- 7:30 am: Kyle Stanley, Viktor Hovland, Charley Hoffman
- 07h41: Kevin Kisner, Bryson DeChambeau, Takumi Kanaya
- 7:55 pm: Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Gary Woodland
- 8:03 am: Jimmy Walker, J. B. Holmes, Charles Howell III
- 8:14 am: Aphibarnrat Kiradech, Kevin Na, Alvaro Ortiz
- 8:25 am Patrick Reed, Devon Bling, Keith Mitchell
- 8:36 am: Tyrrell Hatton Satoshi Kodaira, Andrew Landry
- 8:47 am: Bernhard Langer, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Eddie Pepperell
- 8:58 am: Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Haotong Li
- 9:09 am Emiliano Grillo, Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel
- 9:20 am: Trevor Immelman, Alex Noren