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Day and Scott were joined in the clubhouse lead by British Open victor Francesco Molinari (67), Brooks Koepka (71) and Louis Oosthuzien (66).

Francesco Molinari surged two shots clear at the top of the Masters leaderboard on Saturday to set up another final round showdown with Tiger Woods for a major title. He had four birdies and added an eagle on No. 8 on the front nine alone.

Tiger Woods claimed a year ago that even getting onto the course at Augusta National was a "miracle" considering his back troubles.

The Woods show overshadowed everything else. Day fired 67 after tweaking his back Thursday.

Barely able to walk after throwing out his back bending over to kiss his daughter on the practice range on Thursday, the battling Australian somehow turned in a near flawless scorecard, with six birdies and a single bogey.

Molinari, the British Open champion who has shown he belongs among the elite in golf, had a 67 and was the first to reach 7-under 137.

After scorching to the turn in 30, Finau threatened to at least match the course record when he birdied the two par-fives on the homeward stretch, but he was unable to find another as he settled for a 64 and the early clubhouse lead on 11 under.

Woods went on to birdie the 14th and 15th to send familiar roars through the Georgia pines and could very well have grabbed the outright lead but sent an eight-foot birdie putt at 17 just past the hole and left a 14-footer at 18 just short.

The four-time Masters champion then brought his head up with a steely look on his face before stepping up to his ball.

While Woods settled for being in a pack one adrift with second-ranked Dustin Johnson, fellow American Xander Schauffele and South African Justin Harding, there was no doubt he was the star to crowds glued to his every move.

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.

Mickelson stumbled to a 73 but still was only three shots behind.

The Englishman's performance was a surprise since he had arrived at the tournament in fine fettle, seemingly poised to make another tilt at the Green Jacket two years after losing a playoff to Sergio Garcia.

Rose, Garcia and Willett, at four-over-par 148, missed by one stroke, while Schwartzel was two shots over the line.

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