Fast forward 13 years and Molinari is a three-time PGA Tour victor, a major champion, and will be playing with Woods in the final pairing on Sunday.
The American winced briefly and was evidently caught off guard by the whole episode.
Tiger limped for a few seconds as the internet freaked out and then he walked up to the green and sank the birdie putt, much to the security guard's delight.
The birdie at the 14th was part of a spectacular final 10 holes for Woods, who shot 68 to sit just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
He closed with a round of six-under 66 to finish at 13-under and leads Woods and Tony Finau as he looks for his first Green Jacket.
An injury-hampered career very almost saw Woods retire from the sport, though a resurgence in the last 12 months has put the former World No 1 firmly in contention.
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After a great escape from the trees following a wayward drive, the crowd rushed to follow Woods to the green. Woods will play with Ian Poulter in the third round.
After a 30-minute delay, Woods came out and missed the 5-footer. Just as they are set to commence the sudden-death playoff on the 18th tee, the weather siren sounds and the playoff is postponed until 9 a.m. Monday so that CBS can show the Morning News in its entirety.
"I was a little bit stiff when I came back out and started swinging again, but I was able to ratchet up the speed for 13 to just sort of go after it, " he said. Not the short misses. Not the sliding security guard.
But things nearly took a serious turn for the worse following a remarkable shot on the 14th hole. Webb Simpson and Patrick Cantlay both shot an 8-under 64, just one shot away from tying the Masters record.Finau is already at 8-under for the day through 16 holes, giving him a chance at making history.
When the third round begins, Woods will be chasing five players who have combined for seven major titles - or half of his total of 14. A top-10 feels like a lock, but a win would be legendary for the golfer now carrying a lead in that "best player without a major" conversation. He's 61 years old and under par for the tournament. Like myself and Phil [Mickelson], we're on the older side.