Woods, so impressive in his latest comeback this year following a fourth back operation, got off to a flyer at East Lake to open up a healthy cushion over Rose with five birdies in the first six holes to go 12 under.
Woods hasn't won a PGA Tour event since taking down the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on August 4, 2013. And he's never lost a lead larger than two shots.
For the handful of players who were around when Woods made a mysterious and maddening game seem simple, it was like old times, times that weren't necessarily good for anyone not named Tiger.
"I've gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point, and understanding and fighting my way through it", Woods said. Woods departed the 16th green having taken a bogey five, in itself a effect of an outstanding second chip.
He likely needs to finish in the top five to be assured of winning the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.
"For the most part, I did that". "I've had hot days, I've had hot stretches, but I haven't been consistent day in, day out".
The news will come as a big setback to Keith Pelley, th e European Tour's chief executive, who put great store in his Rolex Series - a collection of $7m-plus events - luring the big names back across the pond.
Woods surged into the lead starting with a wedge to 4 feet on No. 12, an 8-foot par save on the 13th, an 18-foot birdie on the 14th, and a tee shot that flirted with the edge of the peninsula green on the par-3 15th. "That helps. I don't have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help".
On Saturday at East Lake, Tiger Woods was his best version.
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Woods opened his round with a bogey but fought back with two front-nine birdies.
"The best way to describe today is I ground out a round", said Woods, a former two-time victor of the season-ending tournament. He's 42-for-44 when going into the final round with the outright lead and the last time he blew a 54-hole lead was at the 2009 PGA Championship. "In the past, he's been chasing, chasing, chasing and people want him to win so badly and he gets close but you have to remember there are people behind him who are capable of going low".
"I've been streaky with my putter", he said. He even replaced Woods as the face of the EA Sports golf franchise that year.
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