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Tiger's mind on PGA shootout birdies, not 15th major win

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wouldn't even contemplate how it would feel to win his 15th major title, his first in more than a decade, after leaping into contention at the

The 42-year-old former world No 1 fired a four-under-par 66 in Saturday's third round at to share sixth on eight-under 202, four back of leader after 54 holes.

"A long way to go before that happens," Woods said when asked about a 15th major title.

"I've got to shoot a low round tomorrow and hopefully it will be enough."

Eight months into his comeback from spinal fusion surgery, Woods has shown moments of the form that once dominated the sport. And while he draws huge crowds, he hasn't won a major since or any event in five years.

Woods birdied five of his first eight holes but closed with 10 pars and while he has never won a major he didn't lead after 54 holes, he has battled on enough Sundays to know what he must do on a back nine where he's shooting only two-over par this week.

"Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds," Woods said.

"It's soft, it's gettable and you can't just go out there and make a bunch of pars. You're going to have to make some birdies."

Woods, whose was so bad he once wondered if he might ever have a normal life much less play again, was thrilled at his birdie binge early.

"It was fun. I got off to a good start," he said. "That was nice to be able to do something like that. I just wish I could have got myself a couple more shots closer to the lead... but there aren't a lot of guys up there in front of me."

Koepka stands one ahead of Australia's with Americans and and Spain's two adrift.

Playing partner Stewart Cink, winner who matched Woods on 66 and 202, marveled at what he saw as a vintage Woods performance.

"I didn't really feel like there was a difference at all," Cink said.

"It just felt like all that I remembered playing with Tiger all those years, you know, when he was winning tournaments. It was really no different."

The 14 majors won by Woods rank second on the all-time list to the record 18 won by And Woods has 79 career PGA victories, three shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

Woods would match the all-time record of five career titles won by Nicklaus and with a victory and would clinch a playing spot on the US defending the trophy next month in

World number 51 Woods was fourth at after 54 holes and his back-to-back major top-10s entering the final round are his first since 2012.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 11:40 IST