Could Tiger Woods win his first tournament since 2013?

Could Tiger Woods win his first tournament since 2013?

Tiger Woods edged closer to snapping a more than five-year winless drought as he is the co-leader with Justin Rose after the first two rounds of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

After entering Saturday's third round tied for the lead with Rose, Woods birdied six of his first seven holes, en route to a 5-under-par 65, the day's best round.

Woods sent fans into a frenzy when he reached the par-5 18th in two shots at East Lake Golf Club before draining a 27-foot eagle putt to post a five-under- par 65 today.

Tiger Woods is bidding for his first win since 2013 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Rory McIlroy, victor two years ago of both the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship, remains in the hunt in sole possession of third after shooting a 68. He has flirted with victory this year, surging late to finish second at last month's PGA Championship and posting three other top-sixes since the start of July, but never before has he been so within reach of ending his hard, complicated drought. He opened with a 62 at Aronimink two weeks ago on a rain-softened course and stayed within five shots of the lead the rest of the way until he tied for sixth.

Woods usually wears a red top during his final round so it will be interesting to see if the Northern Irishman goes ahead with the mind/fashion games.

-Justin Rose finishing in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. An incessant combination of cheers, chatter and combustion follows him from green to tee, down the fairway, with moments of peace coming only during his shots.

"Simple math says that if I play a clean card, the guys behind me have to shoot 67 to force it into extras", Woods said.

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He started the week second in the standings behind Bryson DeChambeau, who appears to be out of contention after a 75 that left him equal second-last.

"But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself".

"It's a little more unknown now", Rose said, when asked if it felt different to chase Woods on Sunday these days than in years past. He finished second at the PGA Championship this August, losing to Brooks Koepka by two shots despite shooting a final round 64.

Woods has not been the closer of old in his return this year from a spinal fusion, most notably at the British Open at Carnoustie where he charged into the lead halfway through the final round before faltering.

Rose is still in position to capture the FedEx Cup, the season-long points race that concludes Sunday.

Woods was 12-1 to win the Masters before this weekend. "Obviously, people are excited about watching Tiger play again".

Paul Casey, Tony Finau and Billy Horschel are seven off the lead on five under. "You've just got to hit and hope".

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