Caption: Woods checking his drive in 2007 – Pic By Keith Allison (Tiger Woods) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tiger Woods is 18 holes away from his first PGA Tour title since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

After fusion surgery to his spine 17 months ago, Woods is in good shape and in pole position to win his 80th PGA Tour title.

The legendary golfer finished round three of The Tour Championship with a five-under 65 opening a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy on Saturday at the East Lake Golf Club.

“Simple math says that if I play a clean card, the guys behind me have to shoot 67 to force it into the extra (holes),” Woods said at the end of round three.

The 42-year-old said he doesn’t have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope he gets help. “That’s a big difference. This is a spot I’d much rather be in than certainly four or five back.”

I’ve gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point, and understanding and fighting my way through it, I’m certainly more equipped than I was in March because of what I’ve gone through,” Woods said.

WATCH: Highlights from Wood’s 65 as he edges closer to victory

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