Many have questioned as to whether the 14-time major champion could return to winning form after the disruptions he has experienced in recent times but today he displayed an increasing sharpness as he builds continuity of play.
Woods is in a share of second place and just two behind the PGA Tour rookie Corey Conners who only just gained a start in the event following the late withdrawal of Kyle Stanley.
The 26-year-old Conners, who had attempted Monday qualifying for the event before being told by the PGA Tour on Monday that he was in the field, has taken full advantage of the opportunity however by adding a round of 69 to his opening 67 to lead into the weekend.
“Everything feels really good,” said the leader. “I haven't had the best results on the weekend so trying to learn from prior experiences and kind of get in a better rhythm and stay focused. Everything is solid. I feel really good about my game and was really happy to have gotten into the field here and definitely feel like I'm due for a good week.”
For Woods who is playing his third event on 2018 he has announced he will also play the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week therefore playing four events in a five week stretch which he has not done since 2013. It is clear he is getting better with every competitve round he plays and again today he impressed with only one bogey, that coming at his final hole.
After his round he spoke (below) with New Zealander Phil Tataurangi to discuss his day.
Woods is tied in second position with Paul Casey, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Palmer and Kelly Kraft and although he is playing in just the second to last group on day three he will be close enough to Conners for the man who has yet to win a professional event on a recognised tour to know he is around.
Four Australians, Cameron Smith, Rod Pampling, Aaron Baddeley and Adam Scott are tied for 38th, Scott tumbling down the leaderboard with a round of 73 after what had been good start to the event yesterday.
Greg Chalmers and Geoff Ogilvy have both missed the cut.
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