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Finau ties first-9 Masters record with 6-under 30

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Finau's eagle helps him tie first-9 record at The Masters (0:21)

Tony Finau just misses an albatross on the eighth hole and settles for an eagle on his next putt on his way to a 6-under first 9. (0:21)

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tony Finau tied the opening-nine Masters record with a 6-under 30 on Saturday and came within 1 stroke of matching the 18-hole mark with a third-round 64.

It all added up to a 54-hole total of 11 under for the long-hitting Finau, catapulting him into Sunday's final group with Tiger Woods (-11) and Francesco Molinari (-13).

Finau, 27, missed a 10-foot putt on the No. 9 hole to break the first-nine record.

Before Saturday, there had never been two 64s in the same Masters, let alone in the same round. Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson also posted scores of 64 on Saturday.

Finau, from Salt Lake City, joined just five other players who have shot 30 on the front-nine at the Masters: Gary Woodland (2014), Phil Mickelson (2009), K.J. Choi (2004), Greg Norman (1988) and Johnny Miller (1975).

Before his record-tying first nine on Saturday, Finau was famous for celebrating an ace in last year's Par 3 Contest at Augusta National Golf Club -- and in the process dislocating his ankle, which he then popped back into place.