Adam Scott takes a risk and it pays off with Masters lead

Tiger Woods is two shots off the lead heading into the final round of the Masters

Tiger Woods is two shots off the lead heading into the final round of the Masters

"I've dreamed of playing in the final group with him in a major championship".

Now he'll be in the final group Sunday, for the first time at the Masters since 2007.

Woods has made huge strides since returning from back fusion surgery almost two years ago, collecting his 80th career PGA Tour title at last season's ending Tour Championships.

One of those big birdies followed a freakish moment on the 14th hole.

The nerve-wracking moment, which reminded some golf fans of a scene in the movie "Happy Gilmore", happened after Woods hit a drive from the trees on the 14th hole that landed on the green.

"The favorite is probably the golf course out there waiting for us", he said. His credentials may be less impressive than his playing partners, but his game is ready for a huge life-changing victory, of which Augusta National has a habit of providing. Dustin Johnson, poised to return to No. 1 in the world after Justin Rose missed the cut, has looked effortless over two days and was one shot behind.

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Webb Simpson, who also shot 64, joined Ian Poulter (68) at 9-under 207, four shots behind and very much in the picture. As he walked toward the green, Rickie Fowler was walking down the ninth fairway and gave Finau a thumb's up on the shot. "So I'm aware that it's not going to be easy tomorrow and, like I said, I can just do my best". Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., missed the cut by a shot.

All logic suggests one of that modern trio should win, given that Woods hasn't won any major for 11 years and this particular one since 2005.

But he feels he's getting closer. The performance over the last year favors Molinari, whose British Open title is among four big tournaments he has won since last year's Masters. Day was right behind, coping with nagging soreness in his lower back with a 67 to match the Italian. "You never know how it's going to go, especially around a course like here". "Certainly some similarities to that year in 2013, where I want to prove to myself that I've got it, and I've worked at it", he added. "You've got a lot of holes left, and you can make up some ground".

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At the par-five 15th, Woods curled in a 30-footer for a birdie, punctuated with a right fist pump to put himself one stroke off the lead.

Here he is, with a lot of company.

"I hit the ball a little less well than yesterday", Molinari said.

Scott, who is paired with Brooks Koepka in the penultimate grouping Saturday, said he can't wait to test himself against a leaderboard loaded with top players.

Storms stopped play for only 29 minutes, long enough to stall Woods.

He made the only birdie on No. 11 all day, and hit his tee shot on the risky par-3 12th to 5 feet when the horn sounded.

Par-saving putts at the fourth and fifth and an up and down for par from a bunker at 18 were - for him - the highlights of a round that included six birdies. He skipped three times, shook it off and strolled on towards the green, where he made a 28-foot putt for birdie.

"I'm just thankful to be able to come back here and play again", Woods said. "I wish I only had to worry about him", Molinari said of Woods. "This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix and so it's good stuff".

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, seeking a green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam, fired a 71 to stand seven back on 144. McIlroy played the par 5s in even - two bogeys, one par and an eagle on No. 8 that got him under par, but only briefly.

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