Valspar Championship: Tiger Woods 'right there' entering final round

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Thousands bordered on a delirium for just about every shot Woods hit, especially when he chipped in for birdie behind the ninth green, holed a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 10 and gave himself birdie chances inside 8 feet on the next two holes. He is vying for his first victory since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 80th of his career.

"Nine was good", Woods said.

Another birdie followed at the par-5 fifth after Woods almost chipped in for eagle. "When Tiger came up and said 'where's the ball?' I said, 'In my bag". "In golf it feels like a long time ago I last won".

"So, there's a lot of guys up there, so, you know, myself included".

"It's fun to hear the crowd going insane again and realise how excited we are in having him back out here and play the way he is". I'm excited. I've been ready to go.

The galleries swelled with each hole, and among the constant, predictable chatter and screams came an occasional cry of "I love you, Tiger", from the mouths of women, men and children alike.

Woods made a decision to play at the Valspar for the first time right before the entry deadline.

Woods showed no sign of allowing his momentum to slip heading into his third round over the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, picking up a birdie three on the third hole and then another at the par-five fifth. But this was the first time he has holed a shot from off the green this year. Not bad for someone who previously had made just 16 PGA Tour starts and never finished any round better than T-21. I've got a shot going into tomorrow. "I felt really good about my game for the last little while and just wanted to get another opportunity to play, and fortunately able to get that opportunity this week and had a good week so far". And to have seen him under these circumstances, near the weekend lead, with major season approaching, was something approaching transcendent - even for those who saw it from up close.

He dropped only one shot and finished with four straight pars in his round of 67. "He's back in action and everyone's rooting for him".

Woods will play in the penultimate group on Sunday alongside Snedeker who also carded a 67 while Rose fired a five-under 66 - highlighted by an eagle at the 11th - to reach eight-under.

Watch the final round of the Valspar Championship live on Sunday from 5pm on Sky Sports Golf and 6.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event.

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