Tiger Woods relishing Sunday challenge at Valspar Championship
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 11/03/18 7:10pm
Tiger Woods is relishing the opportunity to contend for PGA Tour titles again after moving within a shot of the lead during the third round of the Valspar Championship.
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Report and highlights from the third round of the Valspar Championship.
The former world No 1 posted a four-under 67 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook to join Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker on eight under, one shot back from 54-hole leader Corey Conners.
Woods drained a 20-footer at the third and tapped in at the fifth, before following a pitch-in from the rough at the ninth with another birdie at the next to briefly move joint-top of the leaderboard.
The 42-year-old, making just his fourth PGA Tour start since back surgery, bounced back from a blemish at the 13th to birdie the next and safely negotiated the Snake Pit to remain well-placed to challenge for a first worldwide victory since 2013.
"It feels good to be up here," Woods said. "I've been in this position many times. I've won my far share of events here and overseas. I've been here before, I just need to execute.
"I feel like I'm playing a bit better and cleaner. It's been a pretty clean last couple of days and really good, really consistent. I moved myself up the board.
"We had fun again, Sneds (Brandt Snedeker) and I. We both played well and it was just an unbelievable environment. People were into it and we put up some good numbers."
Woods will tee off in the penultimate group alongside Snedeker on Sunday, with five strokes separating the top 17 players ahead of the final round.
"There's a packed leaderboard," Woods added. There are so many guys that played their way back up into this tournament.
"Scotty (Adam Scott) played well, he got it up there. Rosy (Justin Rose) has been playing well. He's playing a top-10 almost every single week he's played over the last five, six months.
"There's a lot of guys up there, myself included. I have to go out there and really play well again. Hopefully I'll make a few more birdies and keep that card clean.
Watch the final round of the Valspar Championship live on Sunday from 5pm on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event.