2018 Tour Championship Third Round Highlights

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the eighth green during the third round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

For the third day in a row the two-time FedEx Cup winner Tiger Woods is on top of the leaderboard at East Lake Golf Club. Unlike the first two rounds of the 2018 PGA Tour Championship Woods will head into the final round with sole possession of the top spot at 12-under par. A win this week would be the first since 2013 for the 14-time major champion.

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Sitting in second and still in striking distance of the “Big Cat” are Rory McIlroy and current FedEx Cup points leader Justin Rose both at 9-under. McIlroy and Rose still have three strokes to make up on Sunday but as is often the case in golf, anything can happen over the final 18 holes. Despite a clear top three separating themselves from the pack there were still plenty of highlights from the 30-man field during the third round of the 2018 Tour Championship.

Woods wows at East Lake on Saturday

Tiger Woods heard the roars from the gallery from the very first hole on Saturday opening with a strong birdie at the par-4 1st.

On his third hold of the day Woods recorded his second birdie of the round ushering in what would be a masterful round to take the outright lead.

Covering some distance with the putter on the par-4 4th hole, Woods rolled in his third birdie of the day to continue to pad his lead.

An “absolute clinic” is exactly what Woods provided golf fans Saturday as he began with four birdies over five holes.

Make it five birdies in six holes to start his round as Woods got up and down out of the green side bunker for birdie at the par-5 6th.

Another sand shot on seven couldn’t stop the Tiger train from rolling through East Lake as Woods carded his sixth birdie of the round through his first seven holes.

Following a front nine score of 30 Woods refused to let off the gas with another birdie at the par-4 12th hole.

Rose and Rory keep the Tour Championship in sight

As he’s done for much of his career, Rory McIlroy’s control of his irons set him up early and often during the third round including on the 2nd hole for birdie.

A pitch over the bunker at three is no worry for McIlroy as he completes back to back birdies to take sole possession of second place.

Still four shots behind the lead, FedEx Cup points leader Justin Rose continued to stay patient and poised with his irons leading to a birdie opportunity at the par-4 12th hole to take back sole possession of second place.

McIlroy continued to work his magic around the greens including a near hole out as he continued to chase the lead.

Second place is tied back up as McIlroy drains his birdie putt at the par-4 16th.

With McIlroy in the clubhouse at 9-under, Rose played his way into a share of second place once again at the 16th hole.

The field fires up the crowd

After flubbing his first chip, 2018 Open Champion, Francesco Molinari chipped in on the opening hole to save par.

Entering as the FedEx Cup points leader didn’t help Bryson DeChambeau around East Lake this week but the odds were in his favor on 17 as he holed his eagle approach from 100 yards out.

Currently sitting in fourth place Kyle Stanley snakes in a winding putt at 14 for birdie.

Australia’s own Marc Leishman almost added a career hole in one highlight at East Lake at the par-3 17th with a near slam dunk with a 7-iron.

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