Tiger Woods chips in for birdie on No. 9 at Valspar Championship

Watch: Tiger Woods Takes a Share of the Lead at the Valspar Championship

But Woods missed the putt low.

Yet here we are. Casey has gone almost four years since his last victory. "We've been calling for one all year".

He dropped his only shot on the next hole when his tee shot sailed over the green into matted, thin grass where the gallery had been standing.

But if you want a stat that actually means something, there's this: Tiger's club-head speed on his drive at 14 was measured at 129 miles per hour.

"I've come a long way in that span of time", Woods said.

"I'm hitting the shots".

"I don't want to get carried away from one good tournament, but you could see signs of him playing well and hitting it better, so, no, I'm not surprised".

He drained a putt from 22 feet for birdie at No. 10 underneath an overcast sky similar in color to his dark gray slacks and cap, contrasting Woods' bright pink Nike shirt that helped him stand out in a crowd even more than normal. The crowd swelled to eight deep, and it was vocal.

Rose holed a 120-yard wedge for an eagle on the par-five 11th to add to four birdies and a bogey in his impressive round and he will be in the final pairing with Conners on Sunday.

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He has a simple strategy for today: "I'll try to really focus on breathing". "Couple big roars and put a smile on my face". Snedeker will be grouped with Woods again Sunday (1:50 p.m. ET).

He will play with Woods again in the final round.

"It's just him to a tee", Snedeker said. "I know it's packed up there, but at least I got a shot". "Just kind of vintage Tiger". He didn't fare much better on Friday with two birdies, two bogeys, a 71 and a phone call to get back to Dallas sooner than he wanted. "The more time he has, he's going to feel better".

Corey Conners heard the whole round and it made him smile.

Still, Woods is trying to temper expectations, as he has all year.

Woods ended the round equal second with fellow American Brandt Snedeker (67) and Englishman Justin Rose (66). There are so many guys that played their way back up into this tournament.

None, though, loom as large as Woods. He has gone on to win 62 of the previous 69 instances (win percentage of 89.9).

The 14-time major victor is on eight under, one behind Canadian Corey Conners, who carded a three-under 68.

"To play myself into contention this early into it was nice, and on top of that, to build on what I did a week ago", he said, referring to the Honda Classic when he was on the fringe of contention going to the back nine. I putted really, really well on the back nine. "I think I've played half of them with Sneds", the 42-year-old Woods told NBC after his round.

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