Tiger Woods leads Tour Championship by three shots going into final round

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Rose, who made a bogey at the opening hole as Woods converted from 30ft for a birdie, was amongst those battered by a Tiger tsunami. 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.

And then he touched it off.

Tiger Woods has a three-shot lead with three holes to play, and now the Tour Championship has a few other developments. The tournament tipped toward Tiger at that moment.

Five years and four back surgeries later, Tiger Woods is a victor on the PGA Tour once again. It was "How To Protect a Lead 101" from the man who invented the class. Truth is, he hasn't had much of anything since "13 when his dominance was sidetracked by an ailing back".

Woods is at 12-under 198 (65-68-65). It was as spectacular as it was boring, as nostalgic as it was mundane.

It seemed nearly surreal as Woods went through the first seven holes in six-under. It was probably already in the bag at that point, but that one was for good measure. And when he finally missed a fairway at No. 7, Woods hit a 9-iron from the bunker that hopped out of the first cut to about 5 feet for a sixth birdie in seven holes.

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Welcome to the official YouTube channel of the PGA TOUR. McIlroy is a threat to Woods, all right; the Northern Irishman prevailed at East Lake in 2016.

In 2017, Justin Thomas capped off an incredible season, one that included five victories - including his first major at the PGA Championship - and a career-best 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, with the FedExCup. On one hand, it was astonishing.

Remember: All these things must happen, and Woods still has to win his first tournament since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. That's 1,876 days, if you're scoring at home. I've got a bunch of guys behind me who have been playing well and are playing well.

Woods has had opportunities to win earlier this year, but they would have required a large final-round comeback.

Woods said prior to this final round if he was able to win, it would be one of the "better accomplishments I've had, just considering where I've been and what I've had to do through and fight through and amount of help I've had to have to get myself to this point". You've got to keep hanging in there and make a lot of pars and I did that today ... "My body was a wreck". He's seen plenty of the 14-time major champion over the years and is just as curious as the rest of us as to how it will play out. Playing alongside Woods, Rose did well to retain his focus as his joint-overnight leader quickly moved five clear. He's repeatedly said that just making to East Lake with this final 30 was a victory.

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