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Tiger Woods takes one-shot lead into the final round at Bay Hill

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For about 13 holes on Saturday, it appeared Tiger Woods was on the verge of doing something we haven't seen him do in a long time, after he rolled in a birdie putt that stretched his lead to four shots.

Forget him just winning his first official tournament in more than two years, he was on the verge of steamrolling the field, something he used to do with regularity at one point in his career.

He was back ... or at least it felt that way for a fleeting moment. Woods went on to go bogey-double over the next two holes -- including knocking his tee shot OB on the 15th -- and just like that, the lead was gone.

But Woods didn't hit the panic button this time around. Instead of letting things unravel from there, he dug in and managed to go 1-under over his final three holes to grab a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell going into Sunday's final round (his first since the 2009 BMW Championship).

Woods now finds himself in a position he used to thrive in, holding the lead on Sunday at course he's dominated in the past. But the funny thing is we don't know who's going to show up in the final round.

It could be the guy who was nearly unbeatable for his entire career, winning 37 of the 39 times he held the lead going into the final round. Or it could be the guy who shot 75 on Sunday at Pebble and lost to unheralded Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi. Despite the fact that one of the greatest closers in the history of the sport has a lead, we just can't trust him to close things out -- at least not yet.

But that all could change on Sunday at Bay Hill. All he has to do is win.

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