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Tiger Woods, walking up the 18th fairway, an improbable victory in his sights, barely betraying a hint of emotion, was about to be a major champion. The four-time Masters champion now sits at 11-under for the tournament and trails leader Francesco Molinari by just two shots.

Molinari, who also beat Woods three times alongside Tommy Fleetwood in compiling a ideal 5-0 record in the 2018 Ryder Cup, carded a flawless third round of 66 to finish 13 under par and has dropped just one shot all week, on the 11th hole on Thursday. Nicklaus has the most all-time with 18.

Tiger Woods recently shocked many as he won the Masters tournament for the first time since 2005.

Numerous times throughout his career, Woods has opted to go with a strategy of laying back off the tee and trusting his mid or long irons to pick up the slack. He's finally done it. Woods birdied the par-5 13th and then par-5 15th, then notched another birdie on the par-3 16th after a handsome tee shot. "I like that it's going to be windy and tricky".

The Masters has finished on a Monday just five times, most recently in 1983 when Seve Ballesteros won his second green jacket. His incredible 64 got him to third place and he looked late in the round like he might win.

Yet the 43-year-old - a victor of the Masters on four previous occasions - must overhaul the steely Molinari, who triumphed at last year's Open Championship after being paired with Woods in the final round.

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After the final whistle, Lucas brought his one-year-old son out onto the pitch, savouring every moment of this special day for him.

He missed an eight-footer to save par at the eighth, a five-footer for birdie at 12, a 12-footer for birdie at 13 and another eight-footer for birdie at 17.

"The front nine is harder to score on, so I don't think that's totally out of the ordinary, " Spieth said. In 2006, the Masters started play at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday but that was in order to finish the third round.

"The day I don't feel pressure is the day I quit", Woods said. "So just need to go out there and hopefully they can see something on the board where it'll make them a little nervous". And I've always felt it, from the first time I remember ever playing a golf tournament to now.

The world number seven, who has improved all week after rounds of 70 and 67, has a two-stroke lead on Tony Finau and Tiger Woods.

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

Final-round summary: Tournament debutant Spieth threatened to pull off a major shock when he pulled two clear of fellow third-round leader Watson - the 2012 victor - through seven holes on Sunday.


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