Woods closes within 1 shot of rookie Conners

Woods closes within 1 shot of rookie Conners

Woods closes within 1 shot of rookie Conners

The Englishman heads into the final round just a shot off leader Corey Conners, with the world No 5 aiming to follow on from victories in China, Turkey and Indonesia as he chases a fourth worldwide win in 10 starts.

"I just froze there", Cousins told the Times. The crowd willing Woods to take the lead all day and he came close after he hit a wedge to seven feet at the par-5 11th and faced that birdie putt to move to 9 under and the solo lead. "Just kind of vintage Tiger". He's made 10 previous starts on the PGA Tour this season and finished no better than 29th. He has done so for the tournament 14 of 20 times. "I'm due to hole one, and I finally holed one".

Woods was nearly flawless, only a bogey at his final hole, the par-four ninth at Innisbrook Resort north of Tampa, Florida, preventing him from holding the outright clubhouse lead.

"Another round of 66 like that tomorrow will be great to take to the Arnold Palmer and then a great showing at Bay Hill could get me into the Match-Play and hopefully then onto Augusta", said Knox. He had a slick downhill 10-footer at the 12th that lipped out. Even Snedeker had a huge grin on his face when the ball vanished into the cup. He blasted out and made the putt for his only bogey.

He dropped only one shot and finished with four straight pars in his round of 67.

"The people were pumped up, " said Joe LaCava, his caddie.

These will be invaluable reps for Woods, who gets more comfortable with what his fused back will allow him to do every single round.

So he at least knows what to expect. "We've had a good time".

Conners, a 26-year-old rookie who unsuccessfully tried to Monday qualify before getting in the field, has led since the first round. He's now led all three days here, shooting scores of 67-69-68.

"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. Justin Rose (-8), Brandt Snedeker (-8), Patrick Reed (-6) and Adam Scott (-4) are among the other notable golfers firmly in the mix heading into what should be an entertaining final round.

The even-keeled Canadian handled himself well in an unprecedented situation, but it will be different when Woods dons the red and black on Sunday. Although that won't happen Sunday, he'll get to see plenty of Woods while trying to win his first tournament on tour. "Fun position to be".

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