The spectators' handbook at Augusta National is very clear: "for the safety of everyone, running is considered unacceptable behaviour". He sent his tee shot on No. 2 way to the right and into the trees, setting off a tough chain of shots that eventually resulted in a double bogey.
The 43-year-old made the turn at 3-under par and carded the hard 11th hole's first birdie of the day.
Woods' use of blue language on the course is nothing new. After a nice two-putt for par at the 16th, Woods had an 8-footer for birdie at the 17th and a 14-footer at the 18th, both of which did not drop. Even after his ankle turned awkwardly when an officer slipped and collided with his foot in a frenzy just off the 14 fairway, a moment when the entire sport held its collective breath. He drilled the putt and unleashed a vintage fist pump.
Finau hit his second shot on the par-5 No. 8 to within eight inches of the cup for an easy eagle putt.
The course record of 63 (set by Nick Price in 1986 and Greg Norman in 1996) appeared to be in jeopardy Saturday afternoon as several players were going low before the leaders even got on the back nine. "But they were on my lines, so that's fun".
Woods said he'll probably have to get up about 4am to get the body ready in time for a 9-20am start but who needs sleep anyway with the prospect of winning a 15th major?
"Well, he made birdie, so I guess it all worked out", the security guard told golf.com shortly after the incident.
While it's not quite Arnold Palmer hanging out in the Founders' Circle leaning against a convertible in his green jacket, it's a modern-day embodiment of cool, calm confidence.
Not since 1990 has anyone from outside the top five won the Masters. "I feel like I played well and I controlled my golf ball all day". "If you can't laugh at yourself in something like that", Finau said, "then I think you're doing it all wrong". "I'm very happy where I am".
"I did all the things I needed to do to post a good number".
Tiger Woods' round wasn't going great early Saturday, and then came the fifth hole. Here's a few nuggets from a manic day at Augusta National.
Woods finished tied for sixth at The Open, where Molinari won, and was second at the PGA Championship, where Koepka won his third major.
Finau is already at 8-under for the day through 16 holes, giving him a chance at making history. Heck, even the actual wound that almost felled him on 14 ultimately got brushed aside without a second thought. I missed a couple of greens. He was only seven shots behind, but he had 35 players in front of him.