Stenson shares lead with DeChambeau at Bay Hill

Woods found a greenside bunker at the par-3 second hole and missed a 10-foot par putt but answered the bogey with birdies on three of the next four holes.

Talor Gooch is two off the lead and one ahead of Byeong Hun An.

The 14-time major victor was two-over after his front nine, but at least managed to salvage some hope on the back nine with birdies at the 12th and 16th, that saw him finish with a 72. "I've got three days to go and hopefully I can cap it off with a nice win".

Rose's playing partner Woods also clawed his way back into the tournament with a 69 and at seven under lurks ominously.

But Woods responded with birdies on three of the next four holes, sinking a four-footer at the par-5 fourth and a three-footer at the par-5 sixth.

Tiger Woods says the biggest thrill of his extraordinary comeback is that his children are finally realising their father is not just "the YouTube golfer".

"Henrik's playing great, I'm going to have to play very, very good golf on the weekend to catch him", McIrloy said.

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy trails the leaders by six shots, with Justin Rose of England one shot further back.

Four players are at eight-under 208, including Rickie Fowler, who posted a two-under 70 that featured six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on his final hole of the day. Stenson shanked a fairway bunker shot short and right of the green on the 16th and pitched some 70 feet long, from where he had to make an 8-footer to escape with par.

Like most of the day, Woods was unable to get a putt to drop on the 18th after a mammoth 3-wood liner off the tee that left him just 150 yards in.

He had only two birdie chances inside 30 feet on the back nine (he started on No. 10), and those were from 18 feet. He at least managed to birdie the par 5s on the back, and had a tough par save on the 15th. He never got anything particularly close.

When Woods picked up Sam, 10, and Charlie, 9, from school the next day, he was surprised to hear them recount his Valspar Championship performance in detail.

Woods, a 14-time major victor, is seeking a first title since 2013.

Sweden's Stenson, the 2016 British Open victor, dropped his approach inside four feet from the cup at the par-5 12th hole to set up a bogey that left him one-under for the third round and 12-under overall at Bay Hill.

  • Lawrence Cooper