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Tiger Woods Is Off To An Awesome Start In His Final Round Today

Tiger Woods in his back swing.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 13: Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the 13th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is looking to win his first PGA Tour event in more than five years this afternoon. So far, so good for the 42-year-old golfer.

Woods, a 14-time major champion, began the day with a three-stroke lead in the Tour Championship. He's playing in the final group with Rory McIlroy.

Not only is Woods still in the lead, but he's extended it.

Woods birdied his first hole of the round and he was off from there. Things are going very well right now.

"I know I'm not Rory Tracker, but would you want to know if he bogeyed again? Cause he did. Tiger by FIVE over Rose, by SIX over McIlroy," tweeted Tiger Tracker.

This start by Woods shouldn't be surprising considering what he looked like when he showed up at the course today.

Woods said before his final round that he knew what he needed to do to win.

“Simple math says that if I play a clean card, the guys behind me have to shoot 67 to force it into extra (holes)," Woods said. “That helps. I don't have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help. That's a big difference.

“This is a spot I'd much rather be in than certainly four or five back.”

This would be Woods' first win since the 2013 season. He spoke at length about how much it would mean to him.

“I’ve gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point, and understanding and fighting my way through it, I'm certainly more equipped than I was in March because of what I've gone through,” Woods told reporters. “It feels great to have worked my way into this spot. This has been a difficult setup. It's a golf course that's very easy to make bogeys, and it's difficult to make birdies. My game plan throughout the week has been very conservative.

“And occasionally I'll get hot for a couple holes and try and take advantage of it. It hasn't been real complicated.”

Woods and Co. are being televised on NBC.