Whatever the outcome, Woods has left no doubt in his past two events that he is destined for further glory, as long as his body holds up and excitement for next month's Masters is going into overdrive.
Swinging with a club head speed measured by laser as the fastest in the field on Saturday, he mixed power with precision on a day conducive to low scores.
"I can confirm he's back. The roars are back," said Woods' playing partner Snedeker. "Loud as I've heard it in a long time.
"It's fun to hear the crowd going crazy again and realise how excited we are in having him back out here and play the way he is. He's playing great."
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, relished a final day battle with Woods in contention after witnessing the excitement around the former No.1 once more.