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Posted April 14, 2019, 7:26 am

Final Round: Tiger. The Champ. Again.

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    Back in the green jacket.

2:31 p.m.: Despite a 72nd-hole bogey after his ball clipped a tree, Tiger Woods has returned to the winner's circle at Augusta National.

His 13-under 275 wins the green jacket for a fifth time and beats Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele by one shot.

After an emotional set of hugs from his children, mother, girlfriend and support team, he was greeted outside the scorer's tent by a slew of players, including Rickie Fowler, Koepka, Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Bernhard Langer and more.


2:10 p.m.: Tiger Woods' routine par on 17 puts him within a hole of the green jacket.

Brooks Koepka has a birdie putt on 18 that would force Woods to make par to win.


1:54 p.m.: Another laser of an iron on No. 16 has given Tiger Woods breathing room.

His approach on the par 3 took the slope and stopped within 2 feet for an easy birdie that gives him a two-shot lead on the field with two holes to play.


1:42 p.m.: A stunning turn of events on the 15th hole has Tiger Woods within three holes of a fifth Masters title.

Francesco Molinari's third shot on the hole clipped a tree and fell in the water, leading to a double bogey and dropping him to 10 under.

Woods, meanwhile, hit the par-5 green in two shots and made a short birdie to move to 13 under.

Dustin Johnson has a 15-foot putt on No. 18 to tie Woods at 13 under.


1:07 p.m.: Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari and Xander Schauffele all are tied at 12 under for the lead at the Masters, with a host of players back in it, just behind.

Patrick Cantlay (through 16) and Brooks Koepka (14) are one behind, with five others at 10 under.

Buckle those safety belts, everyone.


12:50 p.m.: Francesco Molinari double bogey. Tiger Woods par. Xander Schauffele birdie.

We now have three people at 11 under.

But Patrick Cantlay has the lead after an eagle on 15 to get to 12 under.

And it's started raining.

That doesn't even include Bubba Watson's 5-under run in the past eight holes or Justin Thomas' ace on 16.

Can't EVER beat a Sunday at the Masters.


12:37 p.m.: Both Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau have hit into Rae's Creek on No. 12, truly throwing the door open on the Masters.

Molinari has a two-shot lead, but Tiger Woods is on the green safely with a long birdie putt. Finau leads a group of five players at 10 under, but he'll almost certainly lose one here.

In the previous group, both Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter made double bogey after tee shots in the water, ending their chances at winning a green jacket.


Noon: Tiger Woods' lag putt on the 9th hole could have turned the Masters.

He still trails Francesco Molinari by one heading into the back nine, but after pulling his second shot into the green on 9, he lagged a 70-foot downhill slider through the fringe to a foot.

A terrific effort.

Molinari and Tony Finau also made excellent pars on 9, and Brooks Koepka just parred 10 after hitting deep into the trees to the right. 

We're at the fun time. Beer is now available on the course, and the Tiger Roars everywhere. Enjoy the show.


11:18 a.m.: Tiger Woods just made a tap-in birdie at 7 after a splendid approach. He is now within one shot of leader Francesco Molinari.

Molinari made bogey after driving left on 7, ending his streak of 49 consecutive holes without a bogey.

Molinari is -12 and Woods is -11. Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Tony Finau are all tied for third at -10.


WEATHER: Augusta National handed out a full sheet of weather information to media members for today.

The club still expects the most dangerous weather to begin arriving at 3 p.m. with winds growing from 10-15 mph now to 15-20 mph by 1 p.m. (with gusts up to 25 mph).

That would be right around when the leaders are at Nos. 15 and 16.

9 a.m.: 30% chance of isolated showers and storms. Wind: SSE 10-15 mph

11 a.m.: 20% chance of shower or thunderstorm. Wind: SSE 15-20 mph

1 p.m.: Cloudy and breezy. Wind: S 15-20 mph, gusts to 25 mph

3 p.m.: Cloudy and windy, 80% chance of thunderstorms. Winds: SSW 15-20 mph, gusts to 35 mph


9:40 a.m.: All groups are on the course, and the final set of three all made par on the first, including a 10-footer for par by Francesco Molinari.

Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner continue to have the best starts of the day. Spieth will be 3 under through 6 if he makes a short birdie putt there; Kisner is 4 under through eight holes on the second nine.


9:20 a.m.: The leaders are about to tee off on No. 1, which is giving up birdies left and right: Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Harding, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler all made 3 on that hole to start their day.

Bryson DeChambeau finally got his long-awaited ace, holing out on No. 16. He nearly aced it on Thursday, then said afterward he'd never made a hole-in-one in his life. That's all changed now.

His reaction was terrific too. Make sure you see that highlight on TV.


8:40 a.m.: On the course to start the day, Jordan Spieth is of the mindset that you can't birdie them all unless you start at No. 1, and he's got back-to-back birdies to get to minus-6. Phil Mickelson bogeyed No. 1; he's 5 under.

Aiken's Kevin Kisner has birdied No. 11 for the third time this week, and added another on 13.