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Jason Day of Australia hits on the fourth hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday

"It's been a while since I've been in contention here", said Woods.

Woods finished the day with a round of 67.

"As a kid I always wanted to compete against him", said 29-year-old Finau of Woods.

"I putted well today", Woods said. Koepka has won three of the last six major championships and would pick up the third leg of the career slam with a win Sunday.

Fast forward 13 years and Molinari is a three-time PGA Tour victor, a major champion, and will be playing with Woods in the final pairing on Sunday. Average scores on the hole the first three rounds this week were 4.258.

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

But Friday was far from a breeze.

The knockout punch was a tee shot into the 16th that rode the slope just by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie and a two-shot lead with two holes to play. "So I can live with that". "It wasn't about chasing, it wasn't about doing anything, it was just about going out there and executing the shots that I needed to". It's been 14 years since he's had the pleasure of putting on that jacket. Woods hit onto the green, setting up a two-putt birdie for his first lead of the final round. He won the Quicken Loans National, Woods' own tournament, by eight shots before winning at Carnoustie in July.

Francesco Molinari, who entered the day with a two-stroke lead, led for most of the final round until a pair of disastrous holes enabled a host of challengers to emerge on the back nine. The Listowel, Ont., shot a 1-under 71 to stay within sight of the leaders at minus-7.

Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson were in a group on 208 that also included South African Justin Harding and Americans Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele. With all of his back problems, Woods goes through a lengthy process to get ready to play any competitive round of golf. They tee off Saturday at 2:05 p.m. ET.

"So I'm aware that it's not going to be easy tomorrow, I can just do my best". He played beautifully from tee to green, but struggled badly with the putter, missing a host of presentable chances. "It really is an exciting leaderboard, fun to be a part of".

Then there's the man lurking one shot behind: four-time tournament victor Tiger Woods.

After a 30-minute delay, Woods came out and missed the 5-footer. "I did not do well in the second round, but fortunately I make the next round. That's the way it goes".

Woods eventually birdied the hole to move within two strokes of the lead, but it is unclear if the ankle injury will hinder Woods during the rest of the weekend. Not the weather delay. Not the one-shot deficit.

Finau, 27, missed a 10-foot putt on the No. 9 hole to break the first-nine record. He rolled in his first birdie of the day for an immediate bounce-back.

"I was done at that particular time, " Woods said earlier this week. "I like that it's going to be windy and tricky".

He almost holed a 4-iron on the par-5 eighth Saturday on his way to a record-tying 30 on the front nine. "We understand how to play this golf course, and it is advantageous".

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