Kevin Na cruised to a four-stroke victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge on Sunday.

Na entered the final round in the lead and the 35-year-old never looked back following a four-under-par 66 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He had six birdies – four of which were on the front nine – and a pair of bogeys en route to his third PGA Tour title.

Na finished 13 under overall at Colonial Golf Course, ahead of fellow American Tony Finau.

"It feels great," Na said after his round. "Standing on the first tee, I looked at that wall [of winners at Colonial] and I imagined my name on it, and sure enough it's going to be there.

"Every year I come here I know I have a chance to win, and I knew before my career was over I was definitely going to win out here, if not multiple times. It's nice to get one, and who knows, maybe I'll win a couple more times before my career is over here."

Finau, who was the 18-hole leader, remained in contention and ultimately finished runner-up following his final-round 68.

He used a birdie on the par-four 18th hole to break out of a tie for second place.

It was his fifth second-place finish since the start of the 2017-18 season — the most of any player on Tour.

Andrew Putnam (66) and C.T. Pan (69) were a shot further back and tied for third, while Jonas Blixt (68) rounded out the top five at seven under.

Rory Sabbatini (67) and Ryan Palmer (69) were locked into a tie for sixth place at six under and Jordan Spieth joined Tyrrell Hatton and Mackenzie Hughes, among others, in a tie for eighth.

Former world number one Spieth had three bogeys and a birdie for a two-over-par 72 as he finished eight strokes off the pace.

Kevin Na built on an impressive second round to take the lead at the Charles Schwab Challenge on Saturday.

The two-time winner on the PGA Tour carded a one-under 69 in the third round to hold a two-stroke lead over the rest of the field.

Na, who carded the best round (62) of the tournament on Friday, played steady golf at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Na finished the day with three birdies, including two to open the round on the first and second holes. His only mistake came on the par-five 11th, where he had his first double bogey of the week.

He is nine under for the tournament.

"Over the years I've had some good rounds [at Colonial] and it's a golf course you don't have to overpower. You have to keep it in play," Na said, via Golfweek.com.

"From fairway in I'm a pretty good player, so I think it plays right into my game."

Right behind him is a star-studded tie for second place at seven under, including Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Jim Furyk. C.T. Pan and Mackenzie Hughes join them.

Spieth's game, including his putting, has been superb this weekend as he is chasing his first win since the 2017 Open Championship.

It is a good sign for Spieth, who had failed to finish inside the top 20 this year until ending up tied for third at last week's US PGA Championship.

Spieth also opened his round with birdies after a 29-foot putt on the par-five first hole and another 20-foot putt on the par-four second.

Charley Hoffman and Austin Cook are locked in a tie for seventh place at six under while Ryan Palmer, Nick Watney and Jonas Blixt – who was leading the field after 36 holes – are tied for ninth at five under heading into Sunday's final round.

Jonas Blixt took control of the Charles Schwab Challenge after claiming a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage on Friday.

Swedish golfer Blitx carded a six-under-par 64 to sit atop the leaderboard after round two at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Blixt – who is chasing his fourth PGA Tour win and first since claiming the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans – enjoyed a bogey-free round with four birdies and a hole-out for eagle on the par-four 17th.

The impressive hole-out put Blixt one stroke ahead of Kevin Na and Tony Finau, who are tied for second position, at nine under.

Finau had the 18-hole lead but still remains in contention despite a bogey staining his scorecard early in the round. He played steady golf the rest of the way to finish two-under 68.

Na, who has had success at the Colonial Golf Course in Fort Worth, Texas, shot a 62 for the best round of the day.

Rory Sabbatini has sole possession of fourth place at six under, a stroke ahead of former world number one Jordan Spieth.

Spieth – who was tied for third at the US PGA Championship – posted a 70 to be level alongside Nick Watney (68), Jim Furyk (66), C.T. Pan (67) and Jason Dufner (68).

The three-time major champion had another good day putting. Spieth had a career first when he made three putts from outside 40 feet in a single tournament.

Defending champion Justin Rose was able to make the cut after his three-under-par 67 left him one over after 36 holes.

While Rose qualified for the weekend, the likes of Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and Zach Johnson missed the cut.

Tony Finau leads the Charles Schwab Challenge after opening with seven birdies to sit ahead of Jordan Spieth and Roger Sloan following the first round.

Finau carded one bogey on his front nine, but after the turn he finished without any blemishes. He credited his improved putting for his six-under 64.

"I haven't been putting great I feel like, and standing over the ball the most important thing is, do you feel like you're going to make the putt or not?" Finau said after his round, via Golf Digest.

"Outside of everything else, do you believe you can make the putt? So for me, I needed to switch something."

Finau hopes his new grip will keep him in contention at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. But there is a crowded field behind him, including Texas native and 2016 winner Spieth.

Spieth birded his final hole to move into second place at five under with Sloan. Spieth was also putting well, finishing the day 15 of 15 from putts inside 15 feet.

He also sank a 46-foot putt on the par-three fourth hole for a birdie.

Spieth could have easily been in first place after firing off eight birdies but carded a double bogey on the par-four 18th hole and a bogey on the par-three eighth to finish just a stroke shy of Finau.

"It's nice to see some results off what I believe is the progress I've been making," Spieth said, via the Dallas Morning News.

"At the same time, it's one round. I've got to keep my head down and keep working."

There is a sizable tie for fourth place at three under, including an American cast featuring Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker and Trey Mullinax.

Justin Rose, the defending champion, had a forgettable round. He fell into a tie for 95th place after his round was plagued with five bogeys.

Rickie Fowler joined Rose with a four-over 74.

The denouement of the 2019 Masters will not be forgotten in a hurry.

Yet amid all the understandable excitement that accompanied Tiger Woods' 15th major triumph, it is perhaps easy to lose track of how the final round unfolded.

Omnisport runs through the thrills and spills of a remarkable final 18 holes at Augusta National.

 

MOLINARI SCRAMBLES LIKE A CHAMPION

Woods began the final round, which started earlier than usual due to the threat of storms in the afternoon, sharing second place with Tony Finau on 11 under, two behind leader Francesco Molinari.

Molinari's advantage fluctuated over the first nine, briefly reaching three shots at one point, but it could have been wiped out altogether had the Italian not produced some sensational work around the greens, salvaging unlikely pars at the first, fifth and sixth.

He ultimately turned in a level-par 36, with Woods having closed to within one shot and Finau two behind alongside Brooks Koepka.

 

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

Molinari was two clear again when Woods bogeyed the 10th, but the drama was only just beginning.

After Koepka and Ian Poulter, playing in the penultimate group, each found water at the 12th, Molinari and Finau sensationally followed suit and each registered double bogeys.

Suddenly, Woods was tied for the lead with Molinari at 11 under, while Xander Schauffele had also reached the same number.

 

EVERYONE'S A (POTENTIAL) WINNER

This was the point when things started to get silly. For around half an hour, it felt like anyone could win.

Patrick Cantlay, who had been two over through 36 holes before shooting 64 on day three, eagled the 15th to claim sole possession of the lead on 12 under. Yet before long, he had registered back-to-back bogeys and was out of the running.

By the time Woods and Molinari came up the 15th, they were two of five men sharing first place, along with Koepka, Schauffele and Dustin Johnson.

 

THE TWO SHOTS THAT CLEARED IT ALL UP

Within a few minutes, the picture was so much clearer.

Molinari amazingly found water again with a pitch to the 15th green, another double-bogey effectively ending his hopes as Woods made birdie at the same hole to claim the outright lead.

Any doubts over Tiger's ability to close things out were removed with his next stroke, as a superb tee shot at 16 almost yielded a hole-in-one and enabled the crowd favourite to reach 14 under with another birdie.

He retained a two-shot cushion heading to the final tee and could afford the luxury of bogeying the 18th as a remarkable win was completed.

Tony Finau felt privileged to be afforded a front-row seat as Tiger Woods claimed an emotional Masters triumph on Sunday.

Forecasted storms at Augusta meant both Finau and Woods played alongside overnight leader Francesco Molinari to ensure a timely conclusion before the inclement weather arrived.

And while Molinari and Finau both fell short on the back nine, Woods reprised the ruthless streak that saw him win 14 major titles between 1997 and 2008, a final-round 70 taking him to 13 under – good enough to seal victory by a solitary stroke as he donned the green jacket for a fifth time.

For Finau, who was tied-fifth with Molinari on 11 under, the disappointment was tempered by being present to witness Woods crown his comeback – a moment he plans to tell his young son about in the future.

"I'll tell him I was there when Tiger won his 15th major in the final group," Finau said.

"At that point, I'll hopefully have a few under my own belt. You can't say enough about Tiger and what he's done for the game.

"It's great for him to be involved in the game and now he's got his 15th major. He's going to be a force to be reckoned with these next few years, I'm sure.

"It was great. Not the ending that I wanted. But to witness that, a handful of years ago I don't know a lot of people believed that Tiger would win another major. From what I saw today obviously he's not going anywhere anytime soon and congrats to him on his 15th major.

"For me it was fun being a part of the action. And it's a lot of fun to be in that type of atmosphere. It's what I practice for, what I play for, what I train for. My time is coming. I know it is. And I've just got to keep riding the storm."

Molinari, who dropped two shots at the 12th hole and two more at the 15th having led at the start of the back nine, joked that he had "made a few new fans today with those double bogeys".

When asked if he became a fan upon watching Woods' crowning moment, the Italian replied: "No. Sorry, but no, no. No, it was great to see, but, no, it's actually…you start losing a bit of adrenaline.

"But it's nice to see his story, his comeback, and to be a witness in first person, it's nice.

"It's great to see Tiger doing well but the way he was playing last year I think we all knew it was coming sooner or later.

"So maybe next time it will be better for me, but it was nice to be out with him, he played well, he hit the right shots at the right time and deserved to win."

Tiger Woods' hopes of winning a fifth Masters title were dramatically enhanced as he found himself in a share of the lead when playing partner Francesco Molinari found water at the par-three 12th.

Molinari held a two-shot lead over Woods at the top of the leaderboard as they arrived on the 12th tee on Sunday.

However, the Italian made a mess of his tee shot, failing to clear the water guarding the green, and ended up making a double-bogey five.

Woods - seeking a fifth green jacket 14 years after he claimed his fourth - played it safe after Molinari's error, finding the left side of the putting surface and two-putting for par.

Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter also put balls into Rae's Creek to dent their chances, but Xander Schauffele joined Woods and Molinari at 11 under by birdieing the 13th.

Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm were suddenly only off the pace.

Two of the next three holes for the final group were par fives, raising the possibility of more dramatic leaderboard movement as the tournament neared a conclusion, particularly with rain now falling at a windy Augusta.

Sunday's action began much earlier than usual, with tee times having been brought forward and players grouped in threesomes due to the anticipated arrival of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

 

 

Francesco Molinari took a one-shot lead into the final nine holes of the Masters, with Tiger Woods his nearest rival at Augusta.

On a day when play had been brought forward by several hours due to the anticipated arrival of thunderstorms in the afternoon, Molinari teed off leading Woods and Tony Finau by two.

Yet four-time Masters champion Woods - seeking a first major title in 11 years - reduced his arrears by turning in 35 as Molinari and Finau shot 36 over the first nine.

Molinari had led by three after five holes but headed to the 10th a solitary stroke clear of Woods at 13 under, with Finau and Brooks Koepka two off the pace.

The overnight leader's play over the front nine was far from faultless as rising winds made life tricky, but he initially salvaged a succession of pars with sensational scrambling skills.

Molinari drained a 13-footer on the first hole, before producing brilliant up-and-downs on the fifth, which Woods and Finau bogeyed, and sixth to stay at 13 under.

At that point, he was three clear, but Molinari finally faltered on the seventh - dropping his first shot in 50 holes to fall one short of Stuart Appleby's record for the longest bogey-free streak at the Masters.

Woods hit his approach to tap-in distance at the same hole, meaning a two-shot swing that left the 14-time major champion just one off the pace heading to the par-five eighth.

All three players in the final group birdied that hole, before Woods produced a magnificent lag putt from 70 feet on the ninth to ensure he was able to rescue par and stay on Molinari's heels.

Ian Poulter, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay were not out of the running at 10 under, while Bryson DeChambeau was well down the field but made an ace at the par-three 16th.

Francesco Molinari extended his lead to three strokes at the Masters by again keeping a bogey off his card over the opening holes at Augusta.

Molinari's only bogey through 59 holes this week came at the 11th in round one and he began Sunday with five successive pars to remain clear of the field at 13 under.

His lead, which stood at two strokes overnight, was enhanced when nearest rivals Tony Finau and Tiger Woods both bogeyed the fifth, where Molinari rescued par after a wild tee shot.

Woods had reduced his deficit to one with a birdie at the third.

However, he then bogeyed each of the next two holes, dropping a shot at the fifth for the fourth day in succession despite hitting the fairway with his drive.

Brooks Koepka briefly moved to 11 under with a birdie at the second, but he was alongside Woods and Finau - three of the pace - when he gave that shot back on the sixth.

Patrick Cantlay and Ian Poulter were a shot further back, on a day when tee times had been brought forward by several hours due to the anticipated arrival of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Stephen Curry will keep as close an eye as possible on the final round of the Masters and is banking on some 'magic' from the legendary Tiger Woods.

Golden State Warriors star Curry is a keen golfer, who has a handicap reported as between two and scratch and has appeared on the PGA's Web.com Tour.

The 7:30am (4:30am PT) start time of the final round at Augusta is hardly ideal for Curry given the Warriors began their Western Conference round one playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Curry scored 38 points in the 121-104 victory and broke Ray Allen's record of all-time postseason three-pointers in the process.

Practice takes precedence for the six-time NBA All-Star, but he is rooting for Woods – just two strokes back from leader Francesco Molinari after three rounds – to rack up major number 15.

Asked how locked in the Masters he would be, Curry replied: "As locked in as I can get before practice starts.

"Hopefully, I don't know the timing of it all, when the back nine will start, how close that will be until practice starts but I'll be locked in for sure hoping to see some Tiger magic to be honest with you. 

"It's exciting for the game of golf when he's doing what he is doing."

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.

Another thrilling Sunday is in prospect at Augusta National, with Francesco Molinari holding a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods and Tony Finau heading into the final round of the Masters.

Woods is seeking to secure his 15th major title, almost 11 years after his last such success at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Yet the 43-year-old - a winner of the Masters on four previous occasions - must overhaul the steely Molinari, who triumphed at last year's Open Championship after being paired with Woods in the final round.

Four of the last five champions at Augusta held at least a share of the lead heading into the final day.

Omnisport takes a look at how those Sundays panned out at Augusta.

 

2014:

Champion: Bubba Watson

Margin of victory: Three shots

Position after R3: T1 (with Jordan Spieth)

Final-round summary: Tournament debutant Spieth threatened to pull off a major shock when he pulled two clear of fellow third-round leader Watson - the 2012 winner - through seven holes on Sunday. However, a four-shot swing over the next two put Watson in charge and he ultimately triumphed with relative comfort. Spieth and Jonas Blixt finished three shots off the pace in second as Watson completed a 69 to secure his second victory at Augusta in three years.

 

2015:

Champion: Jordan Spieth

Margin of victory: Four shots

Position after R3: 1 (leading by four)

Final-round summary: Twelve months on from his impressive debut, Spieth was a class above the rest as he cruised to a remarkable, record-breaking success. Only 21 at the time, the Texan had led after each of the first three days and demonstrated supreme composure to retain a healthy advantage over the final 18 holes. Spieth's lead was never less than three on Sunday and he equalled the lowest score in tournament history - matching Woods' aggregate of 270 in 1997 - despite bogeying the final hole. Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, his nearest challengers, were four shots adrift.

 

2016:

Champion: Danny Willett

Margin of victory: Three shots

Position after R3: T5 (three off the lead)

Final-round summary: Spieth looked set to record another wire-to-wire win and prevail by an even greater margin when he birdied four holes in a row to open up a five-shot lead with nine holes to play. Yet a stunning collapse lay ahead as he followed bogeys at the 10th and 11th by finding the water twice on his way to a staggering quadruple-bogey seven at the short 12th. That nightmare for Spieth left Willett in charge, the Englishman having just birdied the 13th and 14th holes up ahead. Willett could have buckled under the pressure, but he duly picked up another shot on 16 and parred the last two to finish three clear of Spieth and Lee Westwood at five under. 

 

2017:

Champion: Sergio Garcia

Margin of victory: Play-off

Position after R3: T1 (with Justin Rose)

Final-round summary: For the second year running, the closing stages of the Masters provided outstanding drama, as Garcia and Rose slugged it out in a titanic duel. So often the nearly man in majors, Garcia was three clear of Rose after five holes but appeared likely to fall short once again as he slipped behind early on the back nine. A miraculous par save at 13 and an eagle at 15 revived the Spaniard, yet he then missed a five-footer for the win on the final hole. Amid increasing tension, Garcia eventually broke his major duck in a play-off, making birdie to Rose's bogey when the pair returned to the 18th. 

 

2018:

Champion: Patrick Reed

Margin of victory: Two shots

Position after R3: 1 (leading by three)

Final-round summary: Rory McIlroy was chasing a career Grand Slam and expected to provide the biggest challenge to Reed, who began Sunday three clear at the top of the leaderboard. However, McIlroy slumped to a 74 and it was left to Rickie Fowler and a charging Spieth to threaten Reed's position. Spieth put together a stunning 64, but came up two short as Reed pipped Fowler by one with a closing 71 and earned his maiden major title.

Francesco Molinari says he does not intend to draw heavily on his success at last year's Open Championship, in the company of Tiger Woods, when the two play together in the final round of the Masters on Sunday.

Molinari remained cool under immense pressure to secure his maiden major title at Carnoustie, having been paired with former world number one Woods for the last 18 holes.

The Italian went on to excel at the 2018 Ryder Cup and is now in pole position to claim a first green jacket, after shooting a bogey-free 66 to top the Augusta leaderboard by two shots on 13 under.

Woods, the winner of 14 majors, and Tony Finau will be alongside Molinari when round four begins earlier than scheduled, with organisers hoping to finish the event before an anticipated barrage of poor weather.

Asked if he would benefit from the fact he won The Open playing with Tiger, Molinari said: "I think how I hit the ball tomorrow [Sunday] will help my comfort a lot more than thinking about Carnoustie. I don't think I'll be thinking about Carnoustie a lot.

"It's going to be a battle. There's him [Woods], a lot of guys ... but you know, it's a different tournament, different course. A few months has passed by, and anything can happen.

"The plan is [to] hit the middle of the clubface as much as possible and find the ball and hit it again."

Fourteen years on from the most recent of his four triumphs to date at Augusta, Woods is looking to seal a fairytale victory, having recovered from career-threatening back injuries to shine at the highest level once more. 

"He obviously loves this place, and he's playing great golf," said Molinari, who is nevertheless aware Woods is far from his only rival for Masters glory.

"I'm aware that it's not going to be easy tomorrow [Sunday]," he added. "But it's not like I can only worry about him. There's a lot of guys in with a chance."

Asked to name a favourite ahead of the final round, Molinari simply replied: "It's golf. So the favourite is probably the golf course out there waiting for us."

Tony Finau says it will be a "dream come true" to play alongside Tiger Woods in the final round of the Masters.

Finau and 14-time major champion Woods both climbed to 11 under at Augusta on Saturday, leaving them two adrift of leader Francesco Molinari with 18 holes to play.

That trio will all play together in a final round set to begin much earlier than usual on Sunday due to the anticipated arrival of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Speaking before the grouping was confirmed, Finau, who shot a sparkling 64 to surge into contention, revealed he would be fulfilling a childhood fantasy by playing with Woods.

"[It is] something that I've dreamed of for a long time," said the 29-year-old. "As a kid, I always wanted to compete against him ... I've dreamed of playing in the final group with him in a major championship.

"It would be a dream come true for me."

A sensational start lifted Finau into contention on Saturday. He was six under through eight holes and missed a 10-footer on the ninth that would have seen him become the first man to shoot 29 on Augusta's outward nine.

Two further birdies followed, giving Finau a clubhouse lead that Woods matched, before Molinari overtook both men.

"I was happy to post the number I did, but more than anything, just [to] keep my foot on the gas pedal and not let off," said Finau.

"I'm well in contention, and I'm happy about that."

The prospect of beginning round four at 9:20am local time on Sunday could help Finau, after he struggled in waiting to tee off in the final group of last year's U.S. Open, where he ultimately finished fifth.

"I do think that's nice, not waiting around 'til 3 o'clock to tee off, kind of twiddling your thumbs," he added.

"I remember when I was in the final group last year at Shinnecock, just how much time, it was like the longest day of my life and I still hadn't teed off.

"But no matter what, when it's time to tee it up tomorrow [Sunday], there's going to be guys on our heels, and I'm going to have to play good golf no matter what time I play."

Tiger Woods will play in the final group on Sunday at the 2019 Masters, but Francesco Molinari is in pole position to claim the green jacket after he produced another sensational performance under pressure in round three to secure a two-shot lead.

On a day of unprecedented low scoring at Augusta, Woods carded a 67 - his best round at Augusta in eight years - to reach 11 under and share second with Tony Finau, one of three men to shoot 64.

Woods, who has made a remarkable return from spinal fusion surgery after his career appeared to be in jeopardy, is firmly in contention to complete a fairytale comeback by claiming his first major title since 2008. He last won the Masters, for a fourth time, in 2005.

Yet if the 43-year-old is to triumph on Sunday, when the leaders will begin at 9:20am local time (2:20pm BST) due to the threat of thunderstorms, he will need to overcome Molinari, the man who lifted the Claret Jug when the two were paired together in the final round of last year's Open.

Molinari followed up that maiden major success by claiming a maximum haul of points in Europe's Ryder Cup triumph and he once again demonstrated skill and nerve in abundance on Saturday, going round in 66 for an aggregate score of 13 under.

Remarkably, Molinari has only made one bogey all week, on the 11th hole on Thursday, and he will surely be confident of holding off Woods once again given his performances in recent months. He saved par superbly from a greenside bunker on the 18th, just when it looked like he might give a shot back.

A run of four successive birdies from the 12th lifted Molinari to the top of the leaderboard, after countless rivals had made birdies and eagles galore.

No previous Masters has ever featured more than one round of 64 or lower, yet there were three on Saturday as Finau, Webb Simpson and Patrick Cantlay all took full advantage of low winds and receptive greens to card eight-under scores.

Woods got off to a slow start and was one over for the day when he bogeyed the fifth, but he bounced back superbly with birdies at the next three holes.

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.

Yet there was no fortune involved when he gained another shot at the 15th and then fired a dart into the par-three 16th to set up his sixth birdie of the day, one that briefly lifted him into the lead.

Finau's stunning round owed much to a front-nine 30 highlighted by a spectacular eagle on the par-five eighth, where he almost holed his second shot.

Brooks Koepka - the winner of three majors in the last two years - is three off the pace after a 69, with Simpson and Ian Poulter (68) a shot further back.

Koepka and Molinari had shared the overnight lead at seven under with Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott and Jason Day, but the latter trio shot 71, 72 and 73 respectively.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, may wonder how he is six off the pace. He played beautifully from tee to green, but struggled badly with the putter, missing a host of presentable chances.

Phil Mickelson's hopes of a fourth green jacket faded significantly as he shot 70 to trail the leaders by seven. Jordan Spieth will begin the final round two shots further back at four under following a 69, while Rory McIlroy will need to wait at least another 12 months to complete the career Grand Slam. He went round in 71 and is 12 adrift.

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