Tiger Woods Has Fans Excited With A Chance To Win Sunday At Valspar


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Suddenly Tiger Woods is back and the fans at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor could not be happier. He crafted a sterling four under par 67 putting him at eight under alone with three others just one off the lead of Corey Conners who sat atop the leaderboard for the third straight day.

The Bay Area golf fans have been treated to the best golf that Woods has played since 2013. A packed crowd followed Woods around all day cheering him on and seeing some of those trademark fist pumps every time he hits a good shot.

Woods, 42, struggled to start the third round, missing a pair of fairways and hitting one sloppy approach, but he managed to open with two pars. Then after a superb approach from the rough to 20 feet at the par-4 third, Woods drained the birdie putt to get his round rolling.

Another birdie followed at the par-5 fifth after Woods nearly chipped in for eagle. He’d actually lost ground, moving from two behind at the start of the round to three behind as Conners birdied three of his first four holes to move to 9 under.

Woods and Conners battled each other all day. 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. But Woods missed the putt low.

At the par-4 18th, Woods had a 24-footer for birdie but ran it by. He cleaned up the comebacker for a par and a 67. The crowd roared their approval and Tiger gave them a fist pump and a tip of the cap.

In today’s final round he will once again be paired with Brandt Snedeker in the next to last group. Conners will play his final round with Justin Rose who had an outstanding 5 under par 66 putting him at 8 under with Woods and Snedeker.

He’s looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and his 80th overall. This is his fourth start back in his comeback. And he has a legitimate chance to win with 18 holes to go.

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved with Berman Concerts and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.