"Woods finished the third round by shooting a five-under 67 to post 11 under for the tournament". He was 7-under for the day through 15 holes which put him two shots behind the leaders. "But then again the last two majors counts for something. This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix, so it's good stuff", he said afterward. "And so that helps".
"I'm pretty comfortable being in, being up there on the leaderboard in a major come Sunday", said Koepka, whose roller-coaster round included an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys. Woods tied for sixth.
"I saw Tony (Finau) shot six-under the front nine".
On moving day at Augusta National, Patrick Cantlay made a monster leap, turning in an error-free eight-under 64 to jump from two-over at the start of the day to six-under with his name popping up on the leaderboard.
He was paired with him in the final round of the British Open at Carnoustie past year, where Woods briefly took the lead and the Italian never flinched, playing bogey-free to capture his first major.
So is the fact that Woods has never won a major without at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
"Obviously, he's playing great", Molinari said of Woods. "And to be committed, hit the proper shots and then hopefully we time it right". He got up and down from the fairway on the 18th hole to finish off a bogey-free round. And now he goes into the weekend one shot behind, the closest he has been to a lead going into the weekend at a major since the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. He was 4 or 5 under. Tony obviously was 6 under through 8.
From there, it was all pars until Woods got a break with his tee shot on the par-5 13th.
When Woods' birdie putt at the last stayed out the sound of deflation was palpable, but the former world No.1 is in prime position as he chases a 15th major title and first since 2008.
One of the first of the leaders to reach the clubhouse at seven under was Italy's Molinari, who went round alongside Woods on his first visit to Augusta in 2006. Koepka, after a 69, is 3 shots back of Molinari, with Simpson and Poulter 4 shots behind.
"Just little things like that where a different day could be a different result".
"It's not as if I'm playing bad golf", McIlroy said. "I drove it well and hit my irons well". "But I just haven't been getting much out of my round".
"I'll try and get to bed as soon as possible", he promised.
The fun will, therefore, start a lot earlier and heat up over the course of the afternoon.
It won't be easy, but the challenge is something Woods relishes.
"I'm good. Accidents happen", said Woods.
"I feel good, I may bend down and give my daughter a kiss a bit differently". "I'm under par for the golf tournament, but I'm just not enough under par".