He backed that up with a long birdie putt on the 10th to take the lead with Conners, before bogeying the 13th and birdying at 14, in shooting a round of four under 67. He is vying for his first victory since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 80th of his career.
"Loud as I've heard it in a long time", Snedeker said.
But he got up and down for par from a bunker at 17, and when his ball moved slightly on the 18th green he stayed calm, consulted a rules official and finished out with a par.
Tiger played one truly bad shot Saturday-his errant effort off the tee on the par-three 13th, which led to his only bogey of the day.
"I am excited. I feel good", said Woods, who's made just two bogeys in the past 36 holes. "I felt good about my round and tried to keep that going". "I was really patient out there, hit a lot of good tee balls and picked my shots to be aggressive at some pins".
"I feel like I did that really well, Conners said. I think it's exciting to have him back for the casual golf fan, but now the true Tiger fans get excited".
The galleries swelled with each hole, and among the constant, predictable chatter and screams came an occasional cry of "I love you, Tiger", from the mouths of women, men and children alike.
Over 54 remarkable holes here, with expectations starting low and swelling higher, Woods has proven he can still play. He's made 10 previous starts on the PGA Tour this season and finished no better than 29th.More news: OU basketball: A look at Rhode Island
Spieth missed the cut for the second time this year.
"I'm finding the rhythm of the round, hitting shots, I don't have a problem posting scores".
"I've played with Tiger many times".
Given it is has been over three-years since Woods has been in a position for victory, and given four well-published back operations, Woods was asked what would it mean if he were to win tomorrow. Every putt I had, I thought would go in.
On Saturday, he played in the group behind Woods.
By rule, Cousins' bag was considered an obstruction, which allowed him to take a free drop.
The even-keeled Canadian handled himself well in an unprecedented situation, but it will be different when Woods dons the red and black on Sunday.