Will Tiger End Losing Streak? Woods on the Verge of First Win in Five Years

Tiger Woods stands on the verge of breaking a five-year winless streak after taking a commanding lead in the Tour Championship.

The 14-time major winner heads into the final round at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club with a three-stroke lead over 2016 champion Rory McIlroy and current world number one Justin Rose. Woods is 12-under par for the tournament after carding a five-under par 65 in the third round on Saturday and is on the cusp of what would be his 80th career win on the PGA circuit.

According to oddschecker.com, he is 4/7 favorite (-175.00 in money line terms) going into the final round, while McIlroy and Rose are both at 4/1 respectively.

''I've gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point, and understanding and fighting my way through it,'' Woods told Golf.com. ''I'm certainly much more equipped than I was in March because of what I've gone through."

Success in Atlanta on Sunday would be his first win since he triumphed at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, when he finished seven strokes ahead of Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson.

It would mark a remarkable comeback for Woods, who looks to be approaching his best form after a nightmare couple of years.

After spending six months out of the game following his fourth back surgery last year, Woods returned to action in the Hero World Challenge last December, where he briefly held the lead before finishing ninth in an 18-man field.

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Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the 15th green during the third round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Further progress followed at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines at the end of January, and Woods was three shots off the lead on the final round of the Honda Classic in February and finished one shot behind winner Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship in March.

The 42-year-old finished tied for sixth at The Open in July and second at the U.S. PGA Championship in August, his highest finish in a major since he had finished runner-up in the same tournament in 2009.

Woods has never lost an official tournament when leading by more than two shots going into the final round. The 14-time major winner will share the final 18 holes with McIlroy, who carded a six-under par 66 in the third round, which included two birdies in the final three holes.

''It's obviously exciting for the golf tournament. It's exciting for golf in general that he's up there,'' McIlroy said. ''But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself. The game is hard enough without looking at other people. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough.''

Justin Rose, who played with Woods on Saturday, believes the final round could prove to be one of the hardest the California native has had to play in his glittering career.

"I'm sure it will be hard for him tomorrow,'' Rose told ESPN. "It will probably be for him, trying to win for the first time again. It's been a long time. But he has as much experience to draw on that he's going to be a hard guy to chase down tomorrow.''