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

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

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.

"Three [majors] in a row, I've been right in the mix", Woods added, building on his second place at last year's PGA Championships. Cantlay, who began the day nine shots off the lead, moved to within a shot of a group of leaders who had yet to tee off when he finished.

"After three knee surgeries and four back surgeries, I'm great", Woods said.

"It was fun", Woods said after the round, before saying he was confident on how he was striking the ball ahead of the weekend.

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

However, one security guard failed to take into account the slippery conditions, and slid into Woods, effecting a sliding tackle more commonly seen on the football field than the golf course.

He didn't show any trouble the rest of the way, and didn't find much interest in talking about it after his round except to say "accidents happen" and "it's all good". He turned in a bogey-free round that includes six birdies and an eagle at No. 8, giving him a one-stroke lead when he left the course.




With the forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms late on Sunday officials have made a decision 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.

As rain lashed Augusta, severe weather forced a 40-minute delay, after which Scott returned to fire a 231-yard second shot onto the green at the par-five hole.

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 15th.

It worked wonders as he appeared to be in considerably less pain while putting together a round that was almost flawless, although Day said his wife Ellie deserved just as much credit for his remarkable recovery. For none of them, ultimately, go gentle into that good night.

Woods had three birdies on each nine, with a bogey 5 on the fifth his only blight.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, seeking a green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam, fired a 71 to stand seven back on 144.

Finau, a 29-year-old American became the third player to shoot an 8-under 64 in the third round of the Masters. He still was within four shots, along with Justin Thomas, who had a 68.

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