For the first time since that tournament, there was a Friday suspension at Augusta due to inclement weather, with the threat of lightning forcing a brief stoppage.
Reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari, last year's British Open and PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka, Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott and South African Louis Oosthuizen all shared the midway lead.
Players were greeted by steady rain as play began on Friday but the skies cleared allowing over half of the 87-player field to complete their rounds before action was halted.
When he rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and the massive gallery rose to their feet with yet another ear-splitting roar, Woods became the ninth player who had at least a share of the lead Saturday.
But in order to overtake the firepower at the top of the leaderboard, Woods will need to convert some of those putts - he missed five inside of 10 feet.
"After three knee surgeries and four back surgeries, I'm great", Woods said.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are right in the hunt for historic wins in their 40s; Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler are superstar players; and there are plenty of European hopes, including Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.
His five putts made from beyond 20 feet over two days are two more than any rival.
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Woods was forced to lay up on the par-5 15th and gave himself a lengthy look at birdie. Day also shot a 67.
"I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament", Woods said. Day was right behind, coping with nagging soreness in his lower back with a 67 to match the Italian. "This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix, and so it's good stuff".
"I missed a few putts out there, but I'm not too bummed out about it because I hit them on my lines, " he said.
Molinari sits alone atop The Masters leaderboard at 13-under-par.
"The greens are a little bit slower than we're used to", Koepka said in response to those four bogeys.
The 43-year-old Woods hasn't won the green jacket since 2005, and he's been seeking his 15th major title since winning the 2008 US Open.
The two major champions will be accompanied by Tony Finau, who matched Woods's 11-under total with a dazzling eight-under 64 that featured a Masters-record equaling front nine of six-under 30.
"As a kid, I always wanted to compete against him and have the opportunity to. you know, I've dreamed of playing in the final group with him in a major championship".