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Woods one stroke off lead after three rounds at Valspar

Woods one stroke off lead after three rounds at Valspar

Suddenly Tiger Woods is back and the fans at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor could not be happier. "Tiger!" Others were yelling, "U-S-A!" "That's probably why I played so good".

Woods got the crowd roaring as he chipped in for birdie from the back of the ninth green to tie for the lead, and holed out from 20-feet at the next for another birdie.

Woods has not been in this good a position to add to his total since he finished tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015, and he hasn't lifted a trophy since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. But even if he only gets partway there, say half, he'd be a 7-major-winning-caliber player. But this was the first time he has holed a shot from off the green this year.

"I am only one back and as I said it is a bunched leaderboard and I have a shot at victory tomorrow".

Two fascinating stories will be played out tomorrow therefore, one involving a young player looking to quickly elevate his career, the other with nothing to prove given his awesome record but the opportunity to further consolidate his standing as one of the greats if not the greatest the game has seen.

One of the most impressive aspects of Woods' return has been his short game.

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As you can see, most people are supportive of Tiger being back. And he hasn't won when trailing entering the final round since the AT&T National in 2012. And to think five months ago, Woods wasn't sure if he would ever be able to compete at a high level. He still shot a 69 for his first 36-hole lead.

Woods, who opened 70-68 and rolled in five birdies against one bogey on Saturday, will continue to play with Snedeker in the second-to-last group Sunday.

"I was playing well all day". Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.

"I keep getting a little bit better here and there, making these little subtle tweaks and I've done that from tournament to tournament, " he said. "That's definitely a statistic I need to go into tomorrow with giving confidence", he said.

He will play with Woods again in the final round.

There were birdies (five), a chip-in, a walk-it-in putt, fist pumps and club twirls. Still, it has been a long time since Woods has experienced this kind of rush. "Wasn't really too anxious about what was going on around me". Every putt I had, I thought would go in. He'll be paired with Woods again on Sunday in the second-to-last twosome.