But Molinari said his approach remained the same.
Ancer had enjoyed the best round of the day with a stunning 62, but a strong finish saw Molinari join him in setting the pace.
"Amazing. I played great today", Molinari said. "This is what I came here for". "It was not easy to skip Paris and the French Open". Unlike Francesco Molinari and Abraham Ancer, he couldn't keep it going Saturday in the Quicken Loans National. He also won the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions in China.
The pair lie two shots ahead of Zac Blair and Ryan Armour, while Andrew Landry is at 10 under.
Molinari holed a 50-foot eagle putt to start the back nine, and he never stopped until he turned the final round into a runaway Sunday at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.
Following a 275-yard drive at the par-4 fourth leaving 150 yards to the flagstick, Woods stuck his approach within seven feet and putted into the center of the cup, eliciting cheers that could be heard several holes away.
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"It's an unbelievable feeling - I still have to realize what's happened", Molinari said. "I've got a lot of work to do tomorrow".
In comments after his round, Woods said he was frustrated he didn't end up 10-under, which he thought he could have achieved on the back nine.
Although he had never won in the United States, Molinari has five career wins on the European Tour. Molinaro is now among qualifiers for the Ryder Cup team, but his FedEx Cup standing is at No. 123. He finished in fourth place for his third top-five finish of the season.
Woods, meanwhile, was left to fight for as high of a finish as he could, grinding as much as possible toward the top of the leaderboard in an effort to earn world ranking points, FedEx Cup points and momentum. "The course is getting a little bit more hard". "Last year I think I missed the Tour Championship by one shot, so that's the mission this year, and this is a good step forward".
Woods' final-round performance featured six birdies, bogeys on the 11th and 13th holes, and a gutsy 16-foot par putt on the closing hole. "I thought I might have given myself a chance when I got to the 10 under mark starting the turn, but, evidently, I would have had to shoot, like, 24 on the back nine to have a chance".
It will take a lot for Woods to catch that elusive win that he's been chasing since his return, but the fact that he's remotely in the mix will have everyone paying very close attention to the action all day.
This week Woods added a TaylorMade putter to his bag, replacing the Scotty Cameron model he wielded to win 13 major championships, most recently the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in an 18-hole Monday playoff against Rocco Mediate. Andrew Landry (65) stood alone in third at 10 under in what's nearly certainly the PGA Tour's final appearance in the national capital region for the foreseeable future.