Masters 2019 LIVE: Can Tiger Woods win at Augusta?
Masters 2019 LIVE – Updates from the final round at Augusta
- Tiger Woods, Francesco Monilari and Tony Finau par first two holes
- Brooks Koepka also in with a shout in the group ahead
- Bryson DeChambeau makes maiden hole-in-one on the 16th
- Play brought forward due to threat of storms
3.30pm: Woods bogeys the 4th! An underhit second shot left Woods 10ft from the pin, and he rounded the hole before tapping in. Tony Finau claims a fine par – he looks composed. Molinari almost makes birdie, five inches from the hole.
3.20pm: The wonderfully-named Flowering Crab Apple is home to the first par-3 of the course, with the leading pack making light work of getting within the realms of the green, although Tony Finau slightly overhits his tee shot.
Rory McIlroy has looked more like the man who has four majors to his name today. He’s now four under for the day and -5 overall, restoring some pride in his total.
3:10pm: Woods birdies the 3rd! A comfortable putt from eight yards puts the fans’ favourite onto 12 under. Molinari pars at Flowering Peach without any struggle. We’ve seen the pressure get the better of past leaders looking for their first Green Jacket – the Italian doesn’t look like he’ll go into that category. Finau also pars.
The pack one hole ahead of Woods et al contains Ian Poulter – England’s best shout of a Green Jacket. A bogey on 2 left him eight under but extrovert has parred the last two.
Masters 2019 LIVE: Brooks Koepka makes a good start on the final day
3.05pm: Tiger Woods attacks the short par-4 with an iron and positions himself well. Tony Finau goes slightly off-centre and will likely have to play for par. Molinari also starts well.
2.55pm: After four shots, Woods finds himself in with a shot of making par on 2 but it will require a good putt. And he does it! Par for Molinari also, good mettle from both men, along with Finau, who also makes it in five.
2.40pm: Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau all par the first, and Molinari starts well on the par-5 second. Woods does not start as well, drawing the ball into the trees.
The 43-year-old recovers by hacking it back onto the fairway, a Finau and Molinari look set for par. In other news, Brooks Koepka birdied the second and moves to -11, tying himself level with Woods and Finau.
Masters 2019 LIVE: Tiger Woods kicks off with a par
2.30pm: Amid the focus on the final group’s first shots, Bryson DeChambeau claimed a hole-in-one on the 16th! The mad scientist found the Redbud green and the spin took it ever closer to the pin. It just evaded another ball on its route in, which was met with wild celebrations. A large crystal bowl awaits DeChambeau as a prize.
2.20pm: They are off! Tiger Woods hits the ball 277 yards with a 3-wood, managing to keep it in on the fairway – something Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau couldn’t.
2.10pm: TEN MINUTE TIGER KLAXON! AND MOLINARI. AND FINAU. It’s all very exciting. The three top contenders tee off on the 1st shortly. Best to stick on this page for updates, I reckon.
Tiger is donning a classic red tee, as per every Sunday in history. Molinari, who could become the first Italian to win the Masters, is sporting a very light shade of mint polo. Different interpretations of that hue won’t be vilified.
Masters 2019 LIVE: Francesco Molinari warms up for the showdown
2pm: Jordan Spieth is off to a flyer! The dexterous Texan had a shocking Thursday, seemingly ruling himself out of contention with an opening 75.
But 65 on Friday followed by yesterday’s solid round left him four under. Two birdies on 1 and 2 this morning have bumped him up to tied-16th, and he looks set to claim another birdie on 3.
Spoke too soon, Spieth misses the 16ft putt by a smidge but taps it in for birdie.
1.50pm: Can Tiger Woods do it? Well, yeah, obviously. But what do the stats say? It’s been 14 long years since he last adorned the Green Jacket, and a lot has happened in that time.
A reformed swing, back and private life come with the Tiger package nowadays, but it still seems he is distant from being ‘back to his best’.
Mind you, who cares about your average putts per round when you’ve won the Masters? That’s enough of the rhetorical questions, here are those stats I mentioned…
Masters 2019 LIVE: Tiger Woods isn’t playing as well he did in his past Augusta successes
1.40pm: Phil Mickelson sends his first shot into the trees on Tea Olive. The three-time champion could draw level with longtime sparring partner Tiger Woods if he makes a memorable surge today.
The second shot is not much prettier however, failing to get back onto the fairway. Will take something special from here to avoid a bogey early doors. And that’s how it pans out, Mickelson goes to -5 after dropping a shot first thing.
1.30pm: Rory McIlroy has parred his first two on the back nine, driving just under 300 yards before a neat approach to the Camellia green. He then makes amends for a slightly off putt by holing from six feet.
More of the same on 11, where a slightly wayward drive off the tee is saved by a fine approach. Par. Rory still on -1.
1.15pm: There’s not much interest around the first few threeballs, but we have just seen the first birdie of the final day from Patton Kizzire (-4).
After posting two 70s, he stumbled along the course yesterday with a round of 73 which put him out of contention. The Alabama native made a neat approach here on Tea Olive, before holing from ten feet.
Another early pacesetter, Bryson DeChambeau, has shown early on why he’s no longer in the running. A double bogey at 10 reflects the lack of conviction in his putting, and that is visible once again at 11, which he double bogeys.
1pm: What’s the latest weather forecast? Cloudy, with a chance of golf balls. And thunderstorms. Earlier than expected. Damn.
We’re not going to have an iconic Sunday sunset finish this year, unfortunately.
Until 2pm, the weather will be a bit like Patrick Reed in a Ryder Cup team – muggy. Twenty-two degrees and cloudy, with light wind.
Just to refresh your memory…
Masters 2019 LIVE: How it looks at the top before the favourites tee off
12.30pm: Aaron Wise, Marc Leishman, Si Woo Kim get us underway on the 1st, while Kyle Stanley, Viktor Hovand and Charley Hoffman get into the swing of things on hole 10.
Masters 2019 Day 4 tee times
12.30pm – Aaron Wise, Marc Leishman, Si Woo Kim
12.41pm – Matthew Fitzpatrick, Kevin Tway, Patton Kizzire
12.52pm – Henrirk Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith
1.03pm – Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners
1.14pm – Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Lucas Bjerregaard
1.25pm – Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm
1.36pm – Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Thorbjorn Olesen
1.47pm – Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler
1.58pm – Matt Kuchar, Justin Harding, Xander Schauffele
2.09pm – Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter
2.20pm – Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau, Tiger Woods
12.30pm – Kyle Stanley, Viktor Hovand, Charley Hoffman
12.41pm – Kevin Kisner, Bryson DeChambeau, Takumi Kanaya
12.52pm – Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Gary Woodland
1.03pm – Jimmy Walker, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III
1.14pm – Kiradech, Aphibarnrat, Kevin Na, Alvaro Ortiz
1.25pm – Patrick Reed, Devon Bling, Keith Mitchell
1.36pm – Tyrrell Hatton, Satoshi Kodaira, Andrew Landry
1.47pm – Bernhard Langer, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Eddie Pepperell
1.58pm – Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Haotong Li
2.09pm – Emiliano Grirllo, Zach Johnson, Billy Horrschel
2.20pm – Trevor Immelman, Alex Noren
12.25pm: Brace yourselves for an action-packed afternoon, with players going out in threeballs and off split tees from 12.30pm UK time.
Thunderstorms are expected around 4pm ET (9pm BST) over Augusta, hence the drastic change in schedule.
Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said: “The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount.
“We also believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to complete the Masters on Sunday.”
We ruddy hope so.
Masters 2019 LIVE: The course on which Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari are battling it out
12.15pm: Due to storms being forecast play will get underway earlier at Augusta today.
The first group of players will get underway from 12.30pm BST in just 15 minutes time.
The leading players including Woods tee off at 2.20pm.
You won’t miss any of the action with us throughout the afternoon.
Masters 2019 LIVE: Tiger Woods has been in fine form at Augusta
12pm: Welcome to coverage of the final day of The Masters 2019 and what a day at Augusta it could be.
Tiger Woods is in contention and will look to win his fifth Green Jacket.
The legendary golfer hasn’t won a major since way back in 2008 but he has been in great form and goes into the final round -10.
Francesco Molinari leads the way on -13.