Tiger Woods surges up Players leaderboard

Evin Priest
Tiger Woods shot a seven-under 65 on day three at the Players Championship

Tiger Woods has emerged from the Players Championship wilderness to rocket up the leaderboard on day three at TPC Sawgrass.

Woods, a two-time Players winner, started the day a whopping 14 shots back of overnight leader Webb Simpson (15 under).

But 14-time major champion Woods has pulled within seven midway through moving day after a seven-under-par 65, his best score at golf's unofficial fifth major.

Woods, who currently shares fifth place at eight under, jumped out of the gates and had the enormous TPC Sawgrass galleries on the edge of their seats with a bogey-free front nine of six under 30.

It was one shot worse than the front nine record of 29, set by Martin Kaymer in 2014.

The 42-year-old Woods then jagged birdies at the 11th and 12th but that was it for his charge, with a bogey coming at the 14th.

Scheduled to tee off on moving day later on Saturday afternoon, Simpson sits five shots ahead of South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, American youngster Patrick Cantlay and New Zealand's Danny Lee.

Also yet to get his third round underway are Jason Day, the leading Australian at eight under the card, and countryman Adam Scott at seven under.

Marc Leishman is a shot back of Scott at six under after picking up four shots through 14 holes.