This gap modified the whole lot for Tiger Woods on the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The 12th gap at Augusta Nationwide normally has one thing to say about who wins the Masters. The storied par-Three proved important once more Sunday afternoon, opening the door for Tiger Woods to assert his fifth inexperienced jacket.

4 gamers within the final two groupings discovered the water off the tee on the 12th, together with Francesco Molinari, who was two photographs forward of Woods on the time. Tony Finau, additionally in rivalry and taking part in together with Woods and Molinari, additionally discovered the water as did Brooks Koepka, who was within the group forward of Woods. All suffered double-bogey on the gap, whereas Woods managed a par. He left the outlet tied with Molinari at 11-under, whereas Koepka dropped to 9-under and Finau went from 10-under to 8-under.

After one other birdie on the par-5 13th, Woods took his first lead on Sunday on the Masters since 2005 when he made birdie on the 15th, breaking via a logjam of contenders that had jammed the leaderboard.

“That mistake Francesco made there let a variety of guys again into the event myself included,” Woods stated. “There have been so many various situations that might have transpired on that again 9. There have been so many guys that had an opportunity to win. The leaderboard was completely packed and everybody was taking part in nicely. You couldn’t have had extra drama than all of us had on the market. Now I do know why I’m balding. These items is difficult.”

Molinari, the 2018 British Open champion and 54-hole chief on the Masters, blamed a poorly executed 8-iron for his missed shot on the 12.

“I feel we picked the correct shot and simply didn’t hit it exhausting sufficient,” he stated. “It was a troublesome at present with the wind gusting. I managed to scramble nicely on the entrance 9. I simply had a few psychological lapses on the again 9 that had been expensive.”

Molinari, who held the 54-hole lead by two strokes, additionally put the ball within the water on the par-5 15th after clipping a tree. He wound up with a 2-over 74 on Sunday to complete at 11-under, two strokes behind Woods. Koepka was 12-under and Finau 11-under.

“I feel it wasn’t my day at present,” Molinari stated. “That ball on 12, if it’s 1 yard farther left it in all probability goes within the bunker. Clearly, I did a few issues that I want I had achieved otherwise. However I’ll study from my errors.”

Finau stated the 12th gap was the turning level. It performed the toughest gap within the fourth spherical with a mean of three.338.

“I knew from then on I needed to play just about excellent golf,” Finau stated. “I nonetheless may have made one thing occur down the stretch. However 12 was form of an enormous swing.”

Koepka, who would eagle the par-5 13th, stated the wind slammed his ball on the 12th.

“As soon as it will get above these bushes, it’s only a guessing recreation,” he stated.

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