Masters 2019: Francesco Molinari leads Tiger Woods and Tony Finau by two

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Open champion Francesco Molinari will take a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods and Tony Finau into the final round of the Masters at Augusta National.

Italian Molinari holed four successive birdies on the second nine to card a 66 and finish on 13 under as he looks to win a second major.

Woods, who won the last of his four Green Jackets in 2005, had a five-under 67 to move second with fellow American Finau, who hit a sensational 64.

Three-time major winner Brooks Koepka is a shot further back after a 69, while England’s Ian Poulter carded a 68 to remain in the hunt at nine under.

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Woods storms into Masters contention despite bizarre collision

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Masters second-round leaderboard
-7: F Molinari (Ita), J Day (Aus), B Koepka (US), A Scott (Aus), L Oosthuizen (SA); -6: D Johnson (US), J Harding (SA), T Woods (US), X Schauffele (US); -5: I Poulter (Eng), J Rahm (Spa)
Selected others: -4 P Mickelson (US); -3: B DeChambeau (US), R Fowler (US); -2: T Fleetwood (Eng); -1: J Spieth (US), B Langer (Ger), P Reed (US); Level: R McIlroy (NI); +2: T Hatton (Eng); +3: E Pepperell (Eng) Full leaderboard

Tiger Woods is in contention to win a first major since 2008 despite almost being injured in a bizarre incident on a rain-hit second day at the Masters.

The four-time champion hit a four-under 68 to finish six under, one shot behind five halfway leaders – all of them major winners – including Open champion Francesco Molinari and US Open and US PGA winner Brooks Koepka.

However, Woods was almost knocked over by a security guard who slipped on the damp grass and clipped his right ankle, causing the 43-year-old to hop forward to avoid a fall.

Ian Poulter is the leading Englishman on five under, while Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy shot a 71 that leaves him level par but world number one Justin Rose bogeyed the last to miss the cut on four over.

It is an exceptionally tight leaderboard though, with 22 players within four shots of the lead.

The third round is live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website from 19:30 BST with live coverage of featured groups on Connected TV and online from 15:15.

What happened to Woods?

The world number 12 had miscued his drive into the trees down the right of the 14th hole and after hitting his shot towards the green, a few enthusiastic patrons raced forward to see where it had gone.

The mild panic caused a security guard to rush in to protect Woods but he lost his footing on the wet surface and slid straight into the back of the 14-time major champion’s right heel. A startled Woods hopped forward a few paces but there appeared to be no serious damage done.

In fact, Woods knocked in the birdie putt and then holed a 25-footer on the par-five 15th to get to six under.

The roars that greeted them were reminiscent of Woods at his prime, echoing up from the bottom end of the course.

The thousands that had followed him round every inch of the Augusta National clamoured for birdies on 17 and 18. Both putts missed by centimetres but Woods, who has overcome four operations on his back in recent years, was all smiles as he walked off to sign his card.

“Accidents happen, we move on,” he said. “Other than having four knee surgeries and four back surgeries I’m great.

“It’s all good. I’ve had galleries run over me before. When you play in front of a lot of people things happen.”

The security guard told golf.com: