Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters

Francesco Molinari of Italy hits from a bunker on the second hole during the second round for the Masters golf tournament Friday

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The 14-time major victor is just a shot behind the all-star cast of Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen - all major winners - heading into the weekend.

Corey Conners (71) of Listowel, Ont., was in a group tied for 16th at 3-under par, four shots back of the leaders.

Scott's 69-68 marked the first time he's broken 70 in his first two rounds at the Masters. Simpson, Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari are two shots behind Finau. Molinari had gone 49 straight holes without a bogey before missing the 15-foot par putt. It was a far more sedate setting than the 18th green had been a few minutes before as Woods clinched the title with a short bogey putt.

So sure are forecasters of unsafe weather that Augusta National announced that there will be no Green Jacket ceremony on the terrace putting green in order to expedite gate closures and get people off the course.

He flew to Augusta for the Masters Champions Dinner and confided in one of his fellow diners: "I'm done".

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DeChambeau has fallen down the leaderboard after claiming a share of the first-round lead, but he will at least have one hugely positive memory of the week. Most recently, he finished second in last year's PGA Championship before going on to win The Tour Championship, his first victory in more than five years. I think I've only missed two fairways on the par 5s this week, and that was yesterday (Friday) on 13 and 15. "I would say I was in the zone today, just staying in my lane, trying to do my thing and just trying to finish as low as I could". Simpson made a 37-foot putt for eagle on No. 13.

The 29-year-old American will play in the final threesome on Sunday with Molinari (66) and Tiger Woods (67).

"I don't think I'll be thinking about Carnoustie a lot tomorrow".

"He (Woods) obviously loves this place and he's playing great golf", said Molinari.

A number of fortuitous breaks followed as he got away with poor tee shots at the ninth, 11th and 13th, even picking up a shot at the latter.

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Finau, Woods and Brooks Koepka are all three shots back.

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

Day's countryman Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, sits at six under having made double-bogey at the par-4 fourth, as well as two bogeys and two birdies, to be one over for the round. He was in a group that included defending champion Patrick Reed of the United States.

Phil Mickelson, seven adrift and trying to become the oldest major victor in golf history at age 48, applauded the move. "It means so much to us all. Certainly some similarities to that year in 2013, where I want to prove to myself that I've got it, and I've worked at it", he added. "I felt good", said Finau. It's going to be an early start on Sunday. "The ball wasn't running".

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