Woods stays in contention as Connors remains in the lead

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

Tiger Woods put his name atop a leaderboard again, if only briefly, driving fans into a frenzy and positioning himself for a weekend run at Valspar Championship leader Corey Conners.

With a raucous crowd following the 14-time major victor just up ahead of him, Conners did well to keep his cool, saving par from the bunker on the 17th to keep hold of the lead.

The highlights of Woods' penultimate round came around the turn, as he chipped in for an unlikely birdie at the ninth before holing a 22-foot putt at the 10th for another gain.

Woods, whose iron play was sparkling for most of the day, was soon back on track with a fifth birdie of the day on 14 and finished confidently with four straight pars, grinning broadly as he shook hands with Snedeker on the 18th green.

Yet all eyes were on Woods, who had led for part of the second round, as the leaders teed off Saturday, with the 42-year-old seemingly fitter than he has been in years after multiple back surgeries - seeking a first tournament win since 2013.

After Woods' chip-in, Snedeker matched his playing partner's birdie to make it a three-way tie at the top.

Woods' return to form following his back problems has been remarkable considering he only started hitting balls five months ago.

While Woods has won 79 times, he hasn't been in the winners circle in almost five years-his last win was at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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