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The Bay Area golf fans have been treated to the best golf that Woods has played since 2013.

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.

History suggests Tiger Woods has a 90 per cent chance of winning the Valspar Championship after the 14-time major champion ended round three one shot off the lead.

Rory McIlroy plays his second shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida.

But there have been signs all spring that Woods was building toward something: a tie for 23rd at Torrey Pines, a 12th-place finish at the Honda Classic.

The revival truly started at PGA National, more of a slow burn, the biggest difference this week being his lack of the big number. Rose shot 5-under 66 with an eagle hole-out from 120 yards at the par-5 11 hole to get into Sunday's final pairing with Conners at 2 p.m. ET.

Conners, a 26-year-old PGA TOUR rookie, shot 68 to maintain the lead he's held since Thursday.

"Other than that, it's been a pretty clean three days as I feel really good over everything". "I think two or three times on the golf course our paths crossed, there's a lot more fuss going on the periphery". I've won my share of events. I've been here before. "I was just trying to stay warm".

These will be invaluable reps for Woods, who gets more comfortable with what his fused back will allow him to do every single round. The nerve pain is gone, and it has allowed him to swing freely and aggressively.

Conners, who was paired with Paul Casey in the third round, might as well have been playing in a quiet Saturday afternoon two-ball with a buddy there were so few people following them.

"That was sweet", Woods said. "I felt really good about my game for the last little while and just wanted to get another opportunity to play, and fortunately able to get that opportunity this week and had a good week so far".

Woods teed off on 10 and drained six-foot birdie putts at 12 and 13 and rolled in an 11-footer for another birdie at the par-four second hole. Hit a lot more good quality iron shots today. Woods had 16/1 odds as recently as March 8.

"Ti-Ger! Ti-Ger! Ti-Ger!"

"And he said, 'thank you'". He's waited five years for a day like Sunday.

"You can't ignore it, I guess", said the former Kent State All-American of the looming presence of Woods and the chaos that goes with it. "Wasn't really too anxious about what was going on around me".

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