Woods round of 67 has him tied for second and just one behind the surprise leader, Corey Conners, who is chasing his first victory on any recognised tour in what is his rookie season on the PGA Tour.
Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker are tied with Woods and it will be Snedeker who again partners with Woods in tomorrow’s final round while Rose will play in the final group with Conners.
“I think I have played 13 round since coming back and half of them have been with Sneds," said Woods (Snedeker) a player he appears to have a good rapport with so for Woods his pairing tomorrow might well assist in securing this much awaited 80th PGA Tour title.
While a victory for Woods could have immense impact on the game worldwide, a win by Conners would be a life changer for him as an individual.
The 26-year-old was an outstanding amateur while at Kent State winning a series of events including here in Australia when successful at the Lake Macquarie Amateur near Newcastle. He was also runner-up at the US Amateur but, until now at least, success in the paid ranks has not come at the same rate.
He has been outstanding this week, however, taking the lead on day one and not surrendering it even despite the buzz around the Copperhead layout as a huge crowd witnessed the ongoing story that is Tiger Woods.
Two fascinating stories will be played out tomorrow therefore, one involving a young player looking to quickly elevate his career, the other with nothing to prove given his amazing record but the opportunity to further consolidate his standing as one of the greats if not the greatest the game has seen.
Imagine if you will the constant and intense scrutiny Woods is under every time he steps onto a golf course. Tomorrow that attention goes to another level again as he faces might well be one of his finest hours.
Adam Scott rebounded from his second round of 73 with a 5 under par 66 to move into a share of 11th and just five shots from the lead.
Another 66 tomorrow might well see the Australian contending for the title himself but either way his game is definitely trending in the right direction.
Cameron Smith is tied for 28th, Aaron Baddeley 50th and Rod Pampling 70th.
Tomorrow however the story is all about a remarkable athlete and personality on the edge of a spine tingling comeback and a young rookie looking to take his golfing career to another level.
In the past five years seldom has there been as much interest in the outcome of a golfing event which in itself tells the story of just what Tiger Woods means to the game.
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