Rose wasn't happy that he finished up the third round with a bogey at the Farmers Insurance Open, but it didn't take away from a game so strong that having his lead cut in half over the closing five holes was no cause for alarm.
Rose threatened to put a stranglehold on the tournament by shooting 3-under-par 69 on Saturday in San Diego.
World number one Rose stole the top spot from first round leader Jon Rahm and opened up a three-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama in second. Rose is at 18-under 198 for the tournament. "Anytime there's more of a favor to ball striking, it gives me more benefit".
Rose's third bogey of the round came on the fifth hole, putting him at 2-over for the round. But his lead would be even more commanding if not for a few major errors. He also had a double-bogey on No. 14, again hitting left and taking a penalty.
"I didn't quite start out the way I wanted to this week, wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be, but each day it got a little better", Woods said. "At Torrey Pines. Look out", Alex Myers tweeted. "But the way I am striking the ball, I have confidence that I can attack a really hard golf course".
The result saw the Northern Irishman ascend 65 places up the leaderboard into joint-ninth.
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It was a hard day for Woods, who ended the round 13 shots off the pace following three bogeys and four birdies. That was the first of his 28 European Tour titles.
After a drive to the right side of the fairway on the 450-yard par-4 first hole, Rahm had a 137 yard approach shot, setting himself up for the birdie.
After a mostly frustrating tournament, Woods got something going over his final nine holes, making five birdies to finish with a 5-under-par 67 at Torrey Pines - to post the double-digit-under-par score he set as his goal. He's at 14 under after a range of rounds, recovering from Friday's 72. The Australian figured he lost his best chance on the front nine, when Rose was dropping shots and he couldn't make a move. He tied for 23rd previous year. He's in this week's tournament on a sponsor invitation. Woods birdied three of his last five holes to salvage a 71, leaving him 13 shots behind and in search of moral victories in his 2019 debut.
Woods enjoyed a fine season past year, winning his first tournament since August 2013 at the Tour Championship in September.
While he conceded to some tournament rust - this was only his second event since he won the Tour Championship on September 23 - Woods says there is far less uncertainty about what he expects out of his game.
"As good as I'm playing, I feel like I'm a long way behind", Scott said.
Defending champion Jason Day of Australia will need a huge rally to repeat.