Marcha 23, 2018

Tiger Woods back in swing for Augusta

11 Marcha 2018, 01:10 | Gerardo Tarin

FacebookPinterestMike Ehrmann Getty Images Woods hopes to show further improvement in his game this week at the Valspar Championship

FacebookPinterestMike Ehrmann  Getty Images Woods hopes to show further improvement in his game this week at the Valspar Championship

The 10th hole starter said, simply, "On the tee, from Jupiter, Florida, Tiger Woods". Indeed, the way he has played during the first three rounds of the Valspar championship suggests he will be a serious contender at The Masters at Augusta next month.

Woods hasn't been in this good a position to add to his total since he finished tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015, and he hasn't lifted a trophy since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. Woods said he was unaware that he ever had the lead to himself, because he never saw a leader board until he walked off his last green after his bogey.

"We had fun again, Sneds and I".

"Close to a third of these guys", Woods said, "I don't even know anymore".

Woods sits in a tie for second alongside England's Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker of the United States, but it is Conners who continues to lead the way after a 68. But I have to execute. Looking forward it. I was smiling a lot out there.

While Woods' play on the first day was up-and-down, he finished tied for eighth and began the second day strong.

These will be invaluable reps for Woods, who gets more comfortable with what his fused back will allow him to do every single round.

Tiger posted four birdies in an eight-hole stretch on Saturday that made this often sleepy Valspar Championship feel like moving day at a major. "I think it's exciting to have him back for the casual golf fan, but now the true Tiger fans get excited".

Starting on Saturday two shots behind Canadian Corey Conners, Woods made birdies on this third and fifth holes before delighting the galleries when he did not require his putter as he made the turn. "It's fun seeing him out there, and I'm sure he'll be battling hard tomorrow, but hopefully I can play my game and have a good day".

However, presentable birdie chances went begging for the 14-time major champion at the 11th and 12th, and he then made a clumsy bogey at the short 13th after a ugly pulled tee shot.

"Loud as I've heard it in a long time", Snedeker said. I' the group behind him.

"I am only one back and as I said it is a bunched leaderboard and I have a shot at victory tomorrow. Just kind of vintage Tiger". He hit 14 greens Saturday and got up and down to save par (or better) three of four times.

"We knew when he hit it, and then of course I didn't see it", said Cousins told the Times. Conners is third in the field this week in strokes gained tee to green and 11th in putting. On the next hole, the par-4 10th, Woods rolled in a 22-footer for birdie to briefly seize a share of the lead. It's great. They get a little carried away at times and you've got to calm 'em down.

This is Tiger's 70th time he'll go into the final round within at least one stroke of the lead.

"It was really cool; I grew up idolizing Tiger", Conners said. Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.

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