Prowling Tiger produces roars at Augusta as leaderboard a logjam of stars

Prowling Tiger produces roars at Augusta as leaderboard a logjam of stars

Prowling Tiger produces roars at Augusta as leaderboard a logjam of stars

Joining him in the last group will be Woods, who also paired with the Italian in the final round at Carnoustie, after the American electrified Augusta National with a five-under 67 that put him on the brink of ending a 11-year majors drought.

Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen all reached the clubhouse on seven under, setting a record for the most players to be tied at the top of a Masters leaderboard after 36 holes.

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.

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.

Woods shot a 68 and has plenty of big-name company among the leaders, including 48-year-old Phil Mickelson, who didn't have his best round with a 73 on Friday, but is still just three shots off the lead.

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

Finau hit his second shot on the par-5 No. 8 to within eight inches of the cup for an easy eagle putt.

Woods was forced to lay up on the par-5 15th and gave himself a lengthy look at birdie.

Finau started the round four off the lead but got off to the ideal start with birdies at the opening three holes and, after another gain at the sixth, his second to the long eighth pulled up two feet short of dropping for an albatross and leaving him with a tap-in for eagle.

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.

Any other time, a hobbled Day might have might have been the story after getting up off the deck to shoot five-under 67.

World number one Justin Rose bogeyed the final two holes to miss the cut by one shot, the first time he has made an early exit in 14 visits to Augusta National.

"Look, tomorrow is a very important day because there's no doubt someone in the top 15, or a few of them, are going to play very well", Scott said. He was particularly happy to finish, especially after storms moved into the area and stopped play right after his tee shot into 5 feet on the unsafe par-3 12th.

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