The Masters Round 3 and an early start to Masters Sunday

Masters 2019 moving day was remarkable. For the first time in history there were three rounds of 64 from  Patrick Cantlay, former US Open Webb Simpson and Tony Finau whose score moved him to joint 2nd on the leaderboard, Players took advantage of the slower, softer greens due to the heavy rains this week with a spate of birdies. Most of all Tiger Woods, looking to win his 6th Masters, had a round of 67 by making a lot of good chips and a lot of short putts, something he was tending to miss in the two previous rounds.

Francesco Molinari took the lead at -13 with an exciting round of 66 and went 43 holes this week without a bogey. He looks a picture of clam and stability. The current Open Champion played well in all the majors last year. He will play in a threeball with Finau and Woods on Sunday. Woods will put the pressure on the whole field but he has never won a major championship from behind before.

Tee times for Sunday’s final round at the Masters have been brought forward because of anticipated bad weather.

Players will be grouped in threesomes, with the first group expected to start at 12:30 BST and the leaders at 14:20.

With thunderstorms forecast in Augusta, tournament chairman Fred Ridley said the decision to start earlier would “benefit everyone”.

“We believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to complete the Masters on Sunday,” Ridley said in a statement.

“The safety of everyone is paramount. This decision should benefit everyone – the players, our patrons and our fans watching around the world.”

Tournament officials announced early Sunday that there will be no Green Jacket Ceremony. The champion will still participate in the green jacket presentation in Butler Cabin, but the traditional ceremony on the terrace putting green was cancelled “in order to expedite gate closures.”

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