That unimaginable streak ended Friday at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla., as Woods carded a 3-under-par 68 to take a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker into the clubhouse after his morning round at the Valspar Championship.
Woods looked sharper as the gallery got louder.
"I can confirm he's back".
"We've got a long way to go", Woods said. "All day I've been saying 'I don't even see them".
The Englishman heads into the final round just a shot off leader Corey Conners, with the world No 5 aiming to follow on from victories in China, Turkey and Indonesia as he chases a fourth worldwide win in 10 starts.
Tiger Woods pumps his fist after making a birdie putt during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament at Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, Florida March 10, 2018. "That's probably why I played so good. I know it's packed up there, but at least I got a shot".
Woods finds himself tied for the lead after 10 holes in the third round Saturday with a tremendous minus-8 showing.
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"I tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely", Conners said. "It kind of feels like you're playing in a major championship in a normal round, which if anything should bring out better golf for me".
In a greenside bunker at the par-five fifth, Woods blasted out to five feet and made the putt for a birdie that moved him to five-under for the tournament and put him alone atop the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, it's hard to believe how quickly Woods got his game back to a title-contending level.
"It's something that I just find really cool", Conners said with a smile.
"I am excited", he said.
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. "Wasn't really too anxious about what was going on around me".
In a tweet following the third round, Golf Channel's senior researcher, Justin Ray, provided a reminder of Woods' outstanding record when in contention on Sunday.