On Thursday, Woods started on the more hard back nine, played his first two par-5s in three over and stood at four over after seven holes. He wound up with a one-shot lead over Kyle Stanley, who bogeyed the 18th hole from the bunker for a 70; Cantlay, who drove into the creek left of the 18th fairway for a bogey and a 66; and Niemann, who atoned for one big mistake on the 15th hole with a birdie on the 18th for a 70.
When he birdied the 15th hole by rolling in his longest putt of the day, Woods was at 11 under and tied for the lead with the second-round leaders still early on their front nine.
Bryson DeChambeau closed in style Saturday, knocking his approach to 5 feet at the par-4 18th and draining the birdie putt. I could have easily shot myself out of it.
"I've been driving the ball well, which I think is the key to this golf course." the American said. Woods ran his 45-foot birdie putt about 7 feet by on the par-3 16th and missed it coming back, and then closed by missing a 3-foot par putt.
"But the good thing is I'm in position, and if I shoot another good round like I have the last two days, I've got a chance".
"I know I shot 68 today, but again, that's probably the highest score I could have possibly shot", said Woods, who was five shots behind. "I played really, really well".More news: Sears to close 72 stores after reporting $424 million first-quarter loss
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"I hit the ball well enough to where shooting in the 60s could have been pretty easy if I had just putted normally".
Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and defending champion Jason Dufner were among those in the field at the outset.
McIlroy, who was on the cut mark at level par after Friday's second round, sent his tee shot to within inches of the flag at the par three 12th in a bogey-free round.
With inclement weather in the forecast for Sunday, the final round tee times were moved to between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. off two tees. McIlroy missed three birdie chances inside 8 feet.
The world number 406 holed a 47-foot putt across the seventh green and was two shots ahead before dropping two shots on the back nine. Rose was No. 5 last week, making him the first player from the top 10 to win on the PGA Tour since Justin Thomas (No. 4) at the Honda Classic three months ago.