Tiger Woods relishing Sunday challenge at Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods contending only six months after fearing career over

Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker also had 68s and were at 4-under 138.

It will be far from easy, as a slew of excellent players are in the mix and upstart Corey Conners from Canada continues to lead, showing no signs of faltering. Conners, from Listowel, Ont., followed up an impressive 4-under first round with a 2-under on Friday.

Conners didn't even have a spot in the 144-man field to begin the week, gaining entry as an alternate only after he participated in the Monday qualifier.

"I was freezing out there", he said.

Conners, who ran off birdies in the early stretches of both sides at Innisbrook, saved par from the bunker on the 17th and kept his cool when his ball moved slightly on the 18th green to finish off a par for a 3-under 68. He beat Jordan Spieth by nine shots and Henrik Stenson by 10 through 36 holes - and those two guys are the last two Open champions.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy were among those playing in the afternoon.

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - For the better part of an hour Friday, Tiger Woods' name graced the top of a golf tournament leaderboard.

This looked as though it could.

He will play with Woods again in the final round. The second round at Innisbrook was all about control of his shots that rarely put him out of position off the tee and especially on the green, where he could attack putts from below the hole. Those issues were non-existent during the third round, as Conners birdied three of his first four holes and held at least a share of the lead every step of the way.

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His momentum slowed on the 13th with a bogey, but gained it back at the next before finishing with four straight pars for a 67.

By rule, Cousins' bag was considered an obstruction, which allowed him to take a free drop.

Asked if he missed this feeling during his latest absence from the game, Woods said, "No".

Tiger played one truly awful shot Saturday-his errant effort off the tee on the par-three 13th, which led to his only bogey of the day. Woods held a share of the lead during Friday's round, the first time he sat atop the leaderboard in almost four years.

"Loud. Very, very loud", Woods said about the gallery.

Conners nearly wasn't in the Valspar Championship.

"You feel like you're back ... back in the good old days, for sure", caddie Joe LaCava said. It will be the fifth time they have played together this year. Woods had scored better in every round until Saturday. "I was thinking about that when I finished the round, that felt nice to kind of keep myself in the lead most of the day and the same thing [Sunday]".

"I'm starting to get a better feel for it, I'm finding the rhythm of the rounds, I'm hitting shots, I don't have a problem posting scores".

"I was trying to stick to my game plan, play my game, and it will be another fun day out there [Sunday]", Conners said. "That's how you shoot over par".

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