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Masters Live: Tiger, now the leader by 2

April 15, 2019

2 p.m.

Tiger knocked down a 3-foot birdie putt on 16 and is now up by two shots in the Masters with two holes to play

1:45 p.m.

Tiger Woods rolled in a short putt on 15 and now leads the Masters by one shot at 13-under over Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele.

Francesco Molinari went in the water again on his approach shot and double bogeyed the 15th hole and is now three shots back at 10-under.

1:30 p.m.

And it continues to twist and turn, Xander Schauffele saved par on 15 - although that’s not good on that hole - and is tied with Francesco Molinari and Tiger at the top at 12-under.

Patrick Cantlay who had the lead for a moment had back to back bogeys and dropped to 10-under with one hole to play.

Dustin Johnson is now making a late bid with birdies on three of the last four holes and he’s at 11-under with 17 and 18 left.

It looks as though the rain will hold off to get the tournament in:

1 p.m.

Holy cow what a turn of events. Francesco Molinari holding a two-shot lead put his tee shot in the drink on the dangerous No. 12 and couldn’t save bogey when he missed a 13-foot putt and had to take a double bogey.

Meanwhile Tiger Woods played it safe and parred to tie Molinari and Xander Schauffele for the lead.

Until ... Patrick Cantlay hit a 17-footer on 15 for an eagle and take the lead at 12-under. Cantlay was 1-over par and barely made the cut coming into the weekend.

OH, and look at Brooks Koepka, who sank to 9-under just grabbed an eagle and HE’s back to 11-under.

Now look what happened Xander Schauffele just birdied 14 and HE shares the lead with Cantlay

STAY AWAY RAIN:

12:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, Kevin Kisner couldn’t keep his pace. He suffered a double bogey on his 16th hole and is 5-under for the tournament and that’s where he finished the tournament at 5-under and 3-under for the day.

After Tiger bogeyed 10 and Brooks Koepka double bogeyed 12, Francseco Molinari holds a two-shot lead and is looking like he’s not giving that up.

But hey, here comes Bubba Watson, who just eagled 15 and is at 10-under.

Jason Day is also at 10-under as is Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.

Noon

Rickie Fowler talked about a bubble around Augusta National when it comes to the weather. The image of the rain approaching may just mean that’s true. What was a heavy line of showers seems to be splitting apart as it approaches Augusta.

Meanwhile, Kevin Kisner is now through 16 holes and is still 5-under for the day and 7-under for the tournament.

And through nine, the leaders remained the same with Tiger one shot back of Molinari at the turn.

11:30 a.m.

Kevin Kisner is still at 5-under for the day with four holes left to play. He’s 7-under for the tournament and for a day where many have maintained or not made much of a move, this will most likely end up a nice day for him.

The only other player at 5-under for the day is China’s Haotong Li who is 2-under for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy is 4-under on the day and 5-under for the tournament.

There is some drama now among the leaders. Francesco Molinaro had his first bogey in the last 50 holes and Tiger Woods hit a beautiful approach to the pin for short birdie. What was a three-shot lead is now down to one after seven holes.

Brooks Koepka also birdied No. 8 and he’s at 11-under.

11 a.m.

Kevin Kisner continues to play strong. On his 12th hole (No 3 on the course) he chipped in from 5 yards out for a birdie and now he’s 5-under for the day and 7-under for the tournament. Right now he’s in 12th place on the leaderboard, so he’s making an exceptionally nice climb.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has bogeyed two holes while Francesco Molinari continues to play steady. Molinari is 13-under and leads by three shots over Woods, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka.

10:30 a.m.

Kevin Kisner made the turn and parred the 10th hole to remain 6-under for the tournament.

On the leader front, Tiger made an 8-footer for birdie on the third hole and pulled to within one of the lead at 12-under, but then missed a lengthy putt on 4 to drop back to 11-under.

Phil Mickelson is having a nice day so far going 2-under through seven holes and he’s at 8-under.

Outside the winds are picking up ahead of the rain, which is still marching toward Augusta National.

10 a.m.

Kevin Kisner made the turn at 18 (His 9th) at 4-under for the day and 6-under for the tournament. So far a very nice rally that will at least gain some ground.

All three of the leaders all parred their second hole so the score remains the same.

Nobody else is making a charge to the top, in fact, of those having the best day so far its Kisner.

9:45 a.m.

Kevin Kisner is playing as the hottest golfer on the course right now, He hit his approach shot 164 yards to just 7 feet from the hole on 17 and made the easy birdie to run up to 6-under for the tournament. He’s 4-under on the day.

Kisner missed an 11-foot putt for birdie on 16, but still parred the hole.

Bryson DeChambeau, playing Kisner today, has had bad luck since he was one of the leaders entering Friday. But on Sunday he gained some of that back and at least had a memorable experience.

On the 170-yard par 3 No. 16, DeChambeau hit his tee shot to the right side of the green, the curled back to the left around what appeared to be Kisner’s ball and gently rolled into the cup for a Hole-in-One.

Francesco Molinari saved par by hitting a 13-footer to remain at 13-under. Tiger and Tony Finau also parred the first hole.

9:15 a.m.

Among the hottest golfers of the day so far, Kevin Kisner is 3-under par through six holes. He just birdied 15 to move to 5-under for the tournament.

And oh look at this. Jordan Spieth is trying to recreate his 64 on the final day last year. He’s birdied three of the first four holes and is at 7-under.

Leaders Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau and Tiger Woods are about to tee off.

The rain is now hitting the Atlanta area.

8:45 a.m.

Well, guess who is getting hot? Aiken’s own Kevin Kisner.

Kisner has birdies on 11 and 13 and is now 4-under for the tournament. Keep in mind, Kisner started on the back nine today so this is still early in his round.

What started his round was nailing a 30-foot putt that started way right and then curved in to the left. On 13, Kisner’s approach shot on the 510-yard par 5 put him 23 feet away with a chance for an eagle. That attempt went just left of the hole, but he had an easy birdie coming back.

8 a.m.

Ready for a wild ride today?

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner, starting on the 10th hole teed off at 7:42 and just finished with a par. He’s at 2-under 11 shots back of leader Francesco Molinari who tees off at 9:20 a.m.

As golf fans know, everything was bumped up today due to the arrival of storms this afternoon.

Right now the storms are still west of Atlanta: