Tiger looms large, even on star-filled Masters leaderboard

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods rolled back the years at Augusta National on Sunday, with the famous "Tiger Roar" echoing through the azaleas as he claimed a share of the US Masters lead.

That birdie took Woods to six-under, within range of Australia's clubhouse leaders Adam Scott and Jason Day, who are alongside British Open victor Francesco Molinari, three-time major victor Brooks Koepka and Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, at seven-under par.

Players were greeted by steady rain as play began on Friday but the skies cleared allowing over half of the 87-player field to complete their rounds before action was halted.

Oosthuizen posted the second-lowest number in round two - his 66 improving on the scores of Molinari and Day by one.

Tony Finau threw his hat into the Green Jacket ring on Saturday, stealing the early third round lead at the Masters with a record-equalling outward nine to jump to the top of a leaderboard packed with major winners.

"It was just one of those weeks, just not quite had it", McIlroy said after an erratic round containing an eagle, four birdies and five bogeys.

At the par-5 15th, Woods curled in a 30-footer for birdie, punctuated with a right fist pump to put himself one stroke off the lead.

"I felt like the first round was kind of where I was on the weekend last week and then I thought today was a bit better, " Spieth said.

He poured in his birdie putt to jump to 5-under for the tournament. Simpson made a 37-foot putt for eagle on No. 13.

Woods missed a great chance to advance further on the 12th, and his pulled drive at 13 took a fortunate kick off the branches and back into play, which he took full advantage of with a birdie four before a neat up-and-down at 15 got him to 10 under.

Any other time, a hobbled Day might have might have been the story after getting up off the deck to shoot five-under 67.

Throughout Tom Watson's competitive dotage, it became nearly an annual refrain that Augusta National was too long and that his body could not take it any longer.

"Look, tomorrow is a very important day because there's no doubt someone in the top 15, or a few of them, are going to play very well", Scott said. He got up and down from the fairway on the 18th hole to finish off a bogey-free round.

After hitting a fantastic approach shot from deep in the rough after a wild, hooking tee shot, Woods - and a packed viewing gallery - raced out to check on the ball's progress.

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