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Woods begins Masters quest at Augusta

Draped in his trademark final-round red shirt, Tiger Woods has begun his quest for a fifth Masters green jacket at Augusta National.

Playing in the final group off at 9.20am on Sunday due to forecast storms, Woods will attempt to chase down playing partner and leader Francesco Molinari having duelled with the Italian at the British Open last year - which Molinari won.

Woods hit a 3-wood down the left side of the fairway on the par-4 first before firing his iron shot to within close range and two-putting for a stress-free opening par.

He remains at 11 under and two back of Molinari, who managed to hole a clutch 13-foot par putt having missed the green.

Final group member Tony Finau is also at 11 under, while boom American youngster Xander Schauffele has picked up two shots to move to 10 under alongside three-time major winner Brooks Koepka.

Jason Day and Adam Scott sit at six under after Scott made double-bogey at the par-4 fourth.

Their fellow Australian Marc Leishman is two under and even with Sunday's scorecard.

Cameron Smith has dropped two shots to fall to one under.

Masters officials were forced to make the rare move of sending out final-round competitors in threesomes off two tees due to an impending storm.

The storm was scheduled to hit the Augusta, Georgia area at 4pm local time but is now likely to arrive before noon - increasing concerns the Masters may go to a rare Monday finish.

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