Tiger Woods one off Corey Conners' lead at Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods picks ball out of lady's bag as he eyes first win in almost five years at Valspar Championship

Corey Conners acknowledges the gallery following a putt on the third hole during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Saturday in Palm Harbor, Fla.

At even-par through nine holes, the 42-year-old Woods then made consecutive birdies to start the back nine but followed that immediately with a pair of bogeys.

Conners, 26, started his round well, making three birdies in the first four holes but back-to-back bogeys at six and seven halted his progress.

Sharma, who four days ago received a special invitation to play in the Masters, shot a par 72 with five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. When he left the course, he was in a four-way tie at 138 with Paul Casey, Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Palmer.

Before this season, the last time Woods had any chance anywhere on a Sunday was at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, but on that day he succumbed to a 50-year-old Davis Love III.

Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour. It's so loud and overpowering, a true mob just trying to get close to Woods for the same reasons all people want to be close to anyone who makes them feel good or experience something that makes them feel like they matter.

"We had fun again, Sneds and I".

Woods said afterward it was his left forearm that took the brunt of the blow, and he downplayed any injury although few would be surprised if a bit of ice were necessary overnight.

Tiger Woods chipped in from behind the ninth green and the roar was unmistakable, the tree-rattling variety that belongs to only one player in golf.

Woods was in trouble again on the par-three 13th when he landed in the rough off the tee and then failed to get up and down to slip back to even.

"I'm excited", Woods said.

Asked about his second shot on the 16th, Woods added: "If I went over that sign in the water and I turned it, I'd be all right". Woods managed the swirling wind better than playing partners Jordan Spieth (76) and Henrik Stenson (74). "I see him do stuff like that, let's you know he's back enjoying it and having fun".

"Seeing Phil win I think was really cool for Tiger to recognise, "I've got all this time to be able to still get to that high level"," Spieth said.

And although the birdie on the seventh repaired some of the damage, McIlroy dropped another shot on his final hole to card a fifth consecutive over-par round on the PGA for the first time since April 2010.

"Of course, I will", he said smiling. "I said to my caddie, 'Have you ever seen those crowds?' eight deep back there", Rose said. Then he made his major mistake of the day, hitting over the green at the 13th, leaving him with a almost impossible chip that he left in a bunker. Ahead of what is sure to be a third round that draws millions of eyes the world over we look at some of the big questions for Saturday's play.

"It didn't feel very good", he said.

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