For Woods, however, Friday was "a good day", despite the 42-year-old carding his lone bogey of the round at his final hole, the par-four ninth, where his six-foot par putt grazed the hole after his birdie chip had struck the flagstick. He is vying for his first victory since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 80th of his career.
"That was sweet", Woods said.
After playing his first eight holes of the day at 2-under par, Woods belted his drive at the ninth left of the fairway and had to deal with some tree trouble on his approach.
Woods shot 4-under 67 Saturday in Round 3, his lowest score on Tour since 2015.
"I feel very excited going into tomorrow and I feel very good", said Woods. "I think this is what, maybe 13 rounds and 6 or 7 of them with him", Woods said. "That's probably why I played so good". "It kind of feels like you're playing in a major championship in a normal round, which if anything should bring out better golf for me. But hopefully, I can play my game and have a good day".
"I didn't want to go there". It was a moment that would have unnerved a lot of players playing right behind Woods. He then added another birdie by draining a 20-footer at the 10th.
"I came out and tried to have as much fun as possible", he said. But this was the first time he has holed a shot from off the green this year. He hit 14 greens Saturday and got up and down to save par (or better) three of four times.
Woods made four birdies but dropped a shot on his final hole
"I've played with Tiger many times". Then he made his major mistake of the day, hitting over the green at the 13th, leaving him with a almost impossible chip that he left in a bunker.
Given it is has been over three-years since Woods has been in a position for victory, and given four well-published back operations, Woods was asked what would it mean if he were to win tomorrow.
By rule, Cousins' bag was considered an obstruction, which allowed him to take a free drop.
"The roars are a little louder, and there's certainly an energy about the gallery that you don't have anywhere else", Jordan Spieth said.
In a tweet following the third round, Golf Channel's senior researcher, Justin Ray, provided a reminder of Woods' outstanding record when in contention on Sunday.
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