Tiger Woods couldn't have asked for much more at his first Wyndham Championship.
And now he will play a Sunday round that matters.
Woods shot a 2-under-par 68 in the third round Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., leaving him two strokes behind leader and longtime friend Jason Gore in a three-way tie for second.
Gore had a career-best 62 to reach 15-under 195 at Sedgefield Country Club.
"I need to go out there tomorrow and make a run and get myself up there and make some birdies," Woods said. "There's a bunch of guys ... at 13 [under]. There's a whole slew of guys at 12, 11, 10. Anybody can make a run and shoot the score Jason and Jonas [Blixt] did."
Woods is shooting for his first victory in more than two years, one that would earn him enough points to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs opener next week. A solo second-place finish might be enough for Woods, who's at No. 187.
Woods' streak of 28 holes without a bogey ended on No. 18 when his 6-foot par putt lipped out. He had sank 10 straight pars before briefly moving within one shot of Gore with a birdie on the par-3 16th.
"The putter just felt really good. My pace, I felt like I could be aggressive," Woods said. "I took a few runs at putts and ripped them past the hole, but I never felt like I was going to miss any of them."
Blixt and Scott Brown joined Woods at 13 under. Blixt shot a career-best 62, and Brown, who will be paired with Woods on Sunday, had a 66.
Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker were three strokes back along with Paul Casey, Jim Herman and Cameron Percy.
Billy Andrade made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 7-under 65 and a three-stroke lead at 10-under 134 after two rounds of the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash. Bernhard Langer, the 2010 winner, and Jeff Freeman were tied for second.
Amateur final set
Bryson DeChambeau of SMU and Virginia junior Derek Bard will meet in the 36-hole U.S. Amateur final on Sunday at Olympia Fields (Ill.).