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Conners calm, collected in lead with Tiger right behind at Valspar

Conners calm, collected in lead with Tiger right behind at Valspar”

Surely more people than normal will tune into the Valspar Championship's final-round coverage on Sunday for one reason and one reason only: Tiger Woods. "Tiger!" Others were yelling, "U-S-A!" Tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely. Woods was the 36-hole leader there and trailed by two entering the final round before falling to a tie for 10th - still his best finish since the first of four back surgeries in 2014.

He is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

"Another round of 66 like that tomorrow will be great to take to the Arnold Palmer and then a great showing at Bay Hill could get me into the Match-Play and hopefully then onto Augusta", said Knox.

Impressively, Woods displayed an assortment of shots off the tee on Saturday. I hit some good shots.

"I started smiling, " Snedeker said.

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One of the most impressive aspects of Woods' return has been his short game. And he hasn't won when trailing entering the final round since the AT&T National in 2012. Initially there was fear he might not break 80 for a time, but the highest score he has shot so far is the 76 in the second round of the Genesis Open, where he missed the cut three weeks ago. He still shot a 69 for his first 36-hole lead. The world number five only dropped one shot while the highlight of his round was a holed approach to the 11th that brought him an eagle. "Today, for example, when he crossed the golf course I think two, three times on the golf course our paths crossed and I was teeing off on 10, 11, he was playing 9". Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here. I made that one. I needed something to happen. Obviously it's not. I really remember that and all those good feelings.

He spent Saturday playing one group behind Tiger, hearing every roar of the crowd when the fan favorite delivered a chip-in birdie or long-range putt. "I felt good about my round and tried to keep that going".

Snedeker, coming off a sternum injury that knocked him out of golf for the second half of past year, was equally impressive as the guy in his group everyone came to see. Got to go out there and really play well again.

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

Woods expects a tough battle for victory on Sunday, when he can once again expect to be followed by huge crowds.

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