Tiger Woods takes the lead with four holes left to play in The Masters

Tiger Woods has taken the lead on the final day of The Masters with just a handful of holes left in the tournament. 

Woods, 43, caught up with tournament leader Francesco Molinari on the 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Sunday, when Molinari double-bogeyed on a shot into the water. 

On the back nine, there was at one point a five-way tie for first place, with Woods, Molinari, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson all sitting at 12 under par. 

Woods jumped out to the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole for 13 under. He went two up on the field with another birdie on the 16th.

Tiger Woods hits on the 12th hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament

Tiger Woods hits on the 12th hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament

Tiger Woods hits on the 12th hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament

Woods watches his shot hit the green after Molinari's ball went in the water on the 12th hole

Woods watches his shot hit the green after Molinari's ball went in the water on the 12th hole

Woods watches his shot hit the green after Molinari’s ball went in the water on the 12th hole

Tiger Woods walks to the 12th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National

Tiger Woods walks to the 12th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National

Tiger Woods walks to the 12th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National

Francesco Molinari of Italy in action on the 4th hole during final round play. He entered Sunday leading the tournament

Francesco Molinari of Italy in action on the 4th hole during final round play. He entered Sunday leading the tournament

Francesco Molinari of Italy in action on the 4th hole during final round play. He entered Sunday leading the tournament 

Woods was wearing his trademark final-round red shirt for the tournament’s last day.

It would be Woods’ first green jacket since 2005, which was his fourth win at The Masters.  

Woods has suffered from injuries and persistent back pain in the interim, and has undergone four back surgeries including a spinal fusion. 

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He missed The Masters in both 2014, 2016 and 2017 due to back issues. 

At one point, he said he did not know if he would be able to return to the PGA Tour. 

Woods called for ground crews to clear the 12th green with blowers before putting for par

Woods called for ground crews to clear the 12th green with blowers before putting for par

Woods called for ground crews to clear the 12th green with blowers before putting for par

Woods makes a long putt on the 12th green as Molinari looks on. Woods was par for the hole while Molinari had a double-bogey, allowing Woods to tie

Woods makes a long putt on the 12th green as Molinari looks on. Woods was par for the hole while Molinari had a double-bogey, allowing Woods to tie

Woods makes a long putt on the 12th green as Molinari looks on. Woods was par for the hole while Molinari had a double-bogey, allowing Woods to tie

Francesco Molinari of Italy (right) reacts to his double bogey on the 12th hole, which allowed Woods to tie him for the lead

Francesco Molinari of Italy (right) reacts to his double bogey on the 12th hole, which allowed Woods to tie him for the lead

Francesco Molinari of Italy (right) reacts to his double bogey on the 12th hole, which allowed Woods to tie him for the lead

Scandal hit in 2017, when he was charged with DUI in Jupiter, Florida. 

He said he had been taking prescription drugs without realizing the side effects, and was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving. 

Wood’s phenomenal comeback was staged under the threat of storms as a severe weather system moved across the South.

In a desperate attempt to get the season’s first major across the finish line before the storm hit, officials pushed up start times and sent golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees.  

Floodlights cast shadows on the practice range as players warmed up in darkness before the final round started at 7.30am. 

Woods said he got up by 4am to start stretching a body that has been slowed by four back surgeries. 

Developing story, check back for updates. 

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