Tiger Woods relishing Sunday challenge at Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods relishing Sunday challenge at Valspar Championship

Don't say it too loud but Tiger Woods could be back in the winner's circle come Sunday night.

Snedeker joined Woods in posting a 67, with the trio two shots ahead of 21-year-old Sam Burns, who is having the week of his life.

Conners, who has never won on the PGA Tour, finished the round with six birdies and three bogeys.

It's been 54 months since Woods' last victory at the 2013 WGC - Bridgestone Invitational and the now 42-year old is set to dispel any criticism, and not that he has not already done in 13 rounds this new season, with what would be a 80th PGA Tour success.

Justin Rose will play in the last group with Conners after a superb -5 round of 66 which saw him hole out for eagle from 122 yards (see below!).

Tiger Woods tees off on the second hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Woods will again play with Snedeker in the final round, a group in front of the final pairing of Conners and Rose. "I kind of knew what to expect out there with a lot of people and lot of people watching, but I felt comfortable". Starting on the back nine of the testing Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, Woods recovered from a wayward drive on the 10th to make par and also parred the next before holing from five feet for birdie on the 12th. Should he win his first tour event, it could be one of the bigger upsets golf has seen in awhile. "Wasn't really too anxious about what was going on around me".

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Conners is ranked in the top 20 in all four Strokes Gained categories this week, including 11th in Strokes Gained: Putting and fourth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee.

There were birdies (five), a chip-in, a walk-it-in putt, fist pumps and club twirls. "I said to my caddie, 'Have you ever seen those crowds?' Eight-deep back there".

That was good enough for a share of the early clubhouse lead but eventually two strokes behind Canadian rookie Conners, the overnight leader who fired a 69 for 136.

Pernice shot a 1-under 70 with a sloppy bogey on the par-5 18th as the leaderboard began to bunch up.

"He's getting better every round". I couldn't have fun today, I need to find another job. "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've played half of them with Sneds", Woods told NBC sports.

Spieth missed the cut for the second time this year.

"I've played myself right there into contention so it should be a fun Sunday", he said. "Just kind of vintage Tiger".