About the time he was dropping a shot, Conners was across the lake at No. 12 and rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to stretch his lead to two shots over Rose, three shots over Woods. He hasn't won since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.
England's Rose shot into contention after holing out for eagle from 120 yards at the par-five 11th.
Playing behind Woods on Saturday didn't seem to faze him, either.
"I'm up there", Woods said.
"I was living from minute to minute". It's so loud and overpowering, a true mob just trying to get close to Woods for the same reasons all people want to be close to anyone who makes them feel good or experience something that makes them feel like they matter. "I was thinking about that when I finished the round, that felt nice to kind of keep myself in the lead most of the day and the same thing [Sunday]". Got to go out there and really play well again.
"I am excited", Woods said.
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. It was a moment that would have unnerved a lot of players playing right behind Woods. He didn't fare much better on Friday with two birdies, two bogeys, a 71 and a phone call to get back to Dallas sooner than he wanted. But this was the first time he has holed a shot from off the green this year. "There's so many guys (who) played their way back up into this tournament", Woods said. Then he made his major mistake of the day, hitting over the green at the 13th, leaving him with a almost impossible chip that he left in a bunker. "Every putt I had I thought it was going to go in".
Only four men beat Woods' score of 67, with Rose's five-under round putting the Englishman in the final group with Conners, who endured a stressful end to his round when his ball moved on the 18th green as he took a practice stroke.
By rule, Cousins' bag was considered an obstruction, which allowed him to take a free drop. You could hear some roars [from Woods' group].
It was a reminder that an entire generation of golfers - from Jordan Spieth to Jon Rahm to Justin Thomas, and to the great (this week) Corey Conners himself - has come of age not knowing what it feels like to be sucked into the black hole of a Tiger Woods weekend charge, when the rest of the sport's collective gravity is no match for his.
Woods and Snedeker are off at 1:50 p.m. ET, while Rose will join Conners in the final pairing at 2:00 p.m. ET.