Tiger Woods waking up early Sunday morning to play the final round of the Masters ordinarily would mean he is at the bottom of the leaderboard.
That wasn’t the case this year.
Francesco Molinari took a two-shot lead over Woods and Tony Finau into a first-ever Sunday morning start – threesomes off the first and 10th tees – with hopes of finishing the Masters ahead of severe storms in the forecast.
A powerful line of thunderstorms has swept across the South over the past few days and the rain has already made it to the outskirts of Atlanta, which is approximately 145 miles to the west of Augusta.
Conditions on Sunday morning at Augusta National weren’t bad, with overcast skies and relatively calm winds.
But the weather is forecast to deteriorate as the day progresses, with wind building and a line of storms approaching by mid-afternoon. Molinari, Finau and Woods tee’d off at 9:20 a.m.
Woods, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson were among 10 players within five of the lead.