Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Tiger Woods: He Is Finally Back to Old Form

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2012

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 28:  Tiger Woods of the USA in action during the third round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 28, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods has had one of the biggest downfalls in all of sports over the past two years. It started with the infamous Thanksgiving weekend incident, then came his divorce and allegations—but it looks like Tiger's golf game is no longer reaping the effects of what was a disastrous two years.

In the third round after playing two solid days of golf, Tiger went out and fired a 66 on the day, jumping into a tie for the lead at 11-under for the tournament. 

Everyone knows what happens when Tiger Woods has the lead going into the final round of a tournament—it's not good news for anyone else.

After struggling with putting the first day and having some issues off the tee the second, it looks like Woods has finally got it dialed in, a sign that he is back.

Tiger was pretty happy with his performance on Saturday, telling this to ESPN:

I didn't do a lot of things right, but I didn't do a lot of things wrong today, It was just very consistent. I made a couple of putts here and there, but it was just a very consistent round of golf.

Tiger hasn't led a tournament going into the last round since the Australian Masters in 2009—right before his downfall—and surely it feels great to be back in control.

There is just something about Tiger this weekend that has looked like the old Tiger. His fierce ball striking, his two out of three bogey-free rounds and, frankly, his tie for the lead.

With Tiger out front, don't be surprised if he checks out and just dominates this one, because overall, it looks like the Tiger that golf fans and sports fans alike adored so much, is back on the prowl again.