Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
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Tiger out of the woods

Tiger out of the woods

Sunday could go badly, of course. He crafted a sterling four under par 67 putting him at eight under alone with three others just one off the lead of Corey Conners who sat atop the leaderboard for the third straight day. My game is good enough, I'm confident enough, I'm back to feeling the way I did four, five years ago. It was nothing short of a medical Hail Mary. If I'm not fused, this is a totally different game.

The Honda Classic seemed a risk, with all the water and sand dotting the PGA National course, but Woods saw himself as a weekend contender, although he missed a playoff by eight strokes and ended up finishing 12th. He'll play out of the penultimate twosome again in Round 4 with Woods.

Yet here we are. High above the timeless, trademark smile, Tiger Woods' hair came spilling out in wild, ancient clumps, their dwindling territory no match for the advancing bald spots in between. It was just his fourth official start since back-fusion surgery last April, and just his 13th round of 2018.

Graeme McDowell made the cut on the number after a one-over 72 left him on three over. "I've played half of them with Sneds", Woods told NBC sports. Woods had 16/1 odds as recently as March 8. He followed it with a "smoking" 4-iron onto the front of the green on the par 5.

"It was great. I can confirm he's back, the roars are back, " said Snedeker, who also shot 67. "Shots he's trying to hit, he's pulling them off". "Win tomorrow. I got one goal tomorrow and that's to go out there and play as good as I possibly can and see if that stacks up at the end of the day". Then he holed a chip shot from over the ninth green for a birdie that brought him into a tie and electrified the crowd. Not that he minded.

"It's really cool, " Conners said.

"It's just him to a tee", Snedeker said.

"You can't ignore it", he said. "Just kind of vintage Tiger".

"He's getting better every round". He's made 10 previous starts on the PGA Tour this season and finished no better than 29th. "I finally got one".

Still, Woods is trying to temper expectations, as he has all year.

Rose had a 66 and will be in the final group with Conners.

The 26-year-old played most of his 2017 on the Tour and notched seven top 25s to graduate to the big boy circuit.

None, though, loom as large as Woods. He expects that confidence to carry over in to Sunday's final round. He has gone on to win 62 times, and 89.8 percent conversion percentage.

Woods, 42, has won 79 times on the PGA Tour.

It's how he always used to be, and how many never expected to see him again. Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.

"He's a huge draw and he plays good this week and the excitement going into the Masters is going to be massive because I don't know if any of us were really thinking he was a true favorite there and he might be after one more round of golf", Adam Scott said. "It's going to be fun".

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