Woods one stroke off lead after three rounds at Valspar

Woods one stroke off lead after three rounds at Valspar

I've won my share of events here and overseas and so I like to be one back or near the lead.

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. Woods plays right in front of them with Snedeker, who also had a 67.

Woods is playing just his fourth PGA Tour event since undergoing spinal fusion surgery - his fourth back operation in three years - last April. Woods finished t-23rd at the Famers Insurance Open, missed the cut at the Genesis Open and showed promising signs in taking 12th at the Honda Classic two weeks ago.

Woods has never been so close to winning since his last victory in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in 2013. Conners and Rose will tee off at 2 Sunday's final group, 10 minutes after Snedeker and Woods. "I've been ready to go".

Tiger Woods has played consistently well for seven consecutive rounds. "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".

"I was playing well all day".

"Nine was good", Woods said. "I'm really looking forward to it. I tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely".

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. 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.

"I'm up there", Woods said. I figure it will be similar tomorrow. After getting a drop, his chip came out too strong and hit the flag, leaving it only 6 feet away.

It was a reminder that an entire generation of golfers - from Jordan Spieth to Jon Rahm to Justin Thomas, and to the great (this week) Corey Conners himself - has come of age not knowing what it feels like to be sucked into the black hole of a Tiger Woods weekend charge, when the rest of the sport's collective gravity is no match for his.

"We knew when he hit it, and then of course I didn't see it", said Cousins told the Times.