'What was he thinking?': Tiger Woods in insane moment with security guard

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Yet Woods provided the day's biggest talking point, as he surged into contention having survived a dramatic scare on the 14th hole when a security guard - running in a bid to control spectators - slipped and nearly knocked golf's biggest star off his feet.

It was like old times as the 43-year-old turned up the buzz with each shot, the roars echoing across Augusta National when Woods rolled in a long birdie putt at 15 and continued until he walked off the 18th where his birdie putt clung to the lip leaving him a tap-in par.

Woods had played a sublime recovery shot from the pine straw immediately prior to that incident and duly converted his resulting birdie putt before picking up another shot at the 15th to get to six under.

However, the five men sharing the lead have all claimed major titles and will each be confident in their ability to deny Woods his first such success since the 2008 U.S. Open.

However the South Australian missed a short par putt on the par-three 16th - the bogey dropping him back into a tie for the lead at seven under alongside Day. "I haven't done that, I think, in my life".

Sunday with what would be a fifth Green Jacket after he surged into contention on Friday behind a brilliant four-under 68.

Woods would go on to birdie the hole, so the effect of the slide wasn't immediate.

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The loss could dent the Gunners chances of finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football for next season. They fell at the semi final stage in 2014-15, but won the competition in 1988-89 with a side featuring Diego Maradona.

Woods returned from spinal fusion surgery last year and contended at the British Open and PGA Championship then snapped a five-year US PGA Tour win drought at the Tour Championship and stretched his comeback story again Friday with no health issues after great play on one of golf's biggest stages.

He didn't show any trouble the rest of the way, and didn't find much interest in talking about it after his round except to say "accidents happen" and "it's all good".

At the par-5 15th, Woods curled in a 30-footer for birdie, punctuated with a right fist pump to put himself one stroke off the lead.

"I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament", Woods said.

"It is what it is", Woods said on ESPN after carding a 4 under 68 to move to one shot off the lead.

Scott then knocked in the eagle putt to move to eight under par.