Tiger Woods stalks Conners

Tiger Woods stalks Conners

This is the 70th time Woods will be tied or within one of the lead entering the final round; he won on 62 of those occasions.

Corey Conners continues to play the role of spoiler in Tiger Woods' efforts to get back in the win column for the first time in almost five years as he carded a three-under 68 Saturday to reach nine-under overall in the 2018 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida. "The roars are back", said Brandt Snedeker, who was along for the ride with Woods and matched his 67.

On a cool, gray afternoon, on a course - the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort - that he hadn't played in 22 years, in a tournament he had never before graced, Woods shot a 4-under 67 and whipped a teeming, half-delirious, half-incredulous crowd into a frenzy.

He's looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and his 80th overall. And Conners will do so again Sunday alongside Rose (2 p.m. ET). "I think it's exciting to have him back for the casual golf fan, but now the true Tiger fans get excited". He now has played with Woods four times this year (Farmers Insurance and Honda Classic twice).

"I putted really, really well on the back nine", Rose said.

The 79-time TOUR victor will play in front of Conners for the second consecutive day.

"I am excited. I feel good", Woods said.

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"Another round of 66 like that tomorrow will be great to take to the Arnold Palmer and then a great showing at Bay Hill could get me into the Match-Play and hopefully then onto Augusta", said Knox.

"That was sweet", Woods said.

By rule, Cousins' bag was considered an obstruction, which allowed him to take a free drop. He'll play out of the penultimate twosome again in Round 4 with Woods.

"I got into the field late, and kind of came in here with nothing to lose", he said.

Golf's dominant figure for much of the past two decades, Woods was the centre of attention once again at Palm Harbor on Saturday, with huge crowds gathering to see if the former world number one could continue a hugely encouraging week. How do people even see the ball until it hits on the green?

"So, there's a lot of guys up there, so, you know, myself included".

"I keep getting a little bit better, here and there making little subtle tweaks and I've done that from tournament to tournament", the 14-times major champion told reporters.

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