Masters final round begins with Woods two behind leader Molinari

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was two off the pace as the final round of the Masters began at the unusual time of 7:30am at Augusta National.

The 2019 Masters was set to finish in somewhat unfamiliar circumstances, but perhaps with a very familiar winner, as the final round began much earlier than usual on Sunday.

Due to the anticipated arrival of thunderstorms in the afternoon, organisers brought the tee times forward in round four, while grouping players in threesomes and using the first and 10th tees.

Open champion Francesco Molinari held a two-shot lead at 13 under, but Tiger Woods – a winner at Augusta on four previous occasions – was only two behind alongside Tony Finau.

Woods was looking to complete the most incredible comeback from multiple back surgeries. As recently as November 2017, he was ranked 1,199th in the world and two months earlier he acknowledged he was unsure if he would ever play professional golf again.

Molinari, Woods and Finau were due off at 9:20am local time (2:20pm BST). The Italian famously got the better of Tiger last July when they were paired together for the final round of The Open at Carnoustie.

Brooks Koepka was three off the lead at 10 under with 18 holes to play, with Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson a further shot back.

Although the forecast rain had yet to arrive when play began, there were already strong winds at Augusta, providing additional intrigue on the final day.

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