At one point midway through the afternoon, four players - Uihlein, Bryson DeChambeau, Charl Schwartzel and Aaron Wise - all held a share of the lead, but it was Jason Day - already a victor this season on the PGA Tour and playing the Wells Fargo Championship for the first time since 2012 - who emerged from the crowd thanks to back-to-back birdies at Nos.
The four-time major victor got within one of Patrick Reed after two holes on Sunday but ultimately faded for a 74.
That put Woods in a pack of eight players in the clubhouse on the edge with half the field still on the course in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Peter Malnati, the 54-hole leader, fell back with a 4-over 75, and a leaderboard which lacked early star power is suddenly rich with recognizability as Day looks to close out another victory and move closer to his newfound goal.
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Woods moved up 17 places on the leaderboard on Saturday with his first round in the 60s at 68 to sit at 1 under for the tournament, but still was not pleased with the flat stick that has left him confused on the greens at Quail Hollow Club.
He missed five putts from inside 10 feet and flirted with missing the cut before scraping through with a two-over 73 at Quail Hollow.
The final group of Day and Nick Watney go off at 1:35. The back nine, however, was when Woods was dialed in.
And at the Wells Fargo Championship on Saturday, he was reminded that he's still just a rookie.
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Last year's PGA Championship, which was held at Quail Hollow, left many feeling like they'd just gone 72 holes in a title bout that should have ended much earlier with a towel and an extended stay in the trainer's room.
"Although my scores haven't showed it, I've been playing pretty good, " he said. "I'm trying really hard to hit it in the fairway and then trying really hard to get my irons on line. I knew things were going to turn around".
"I feel like it's on the end of my tips, it's right on the end of the tip", Day said, rubbing his fingers.
Crowd favourite Mickelson posted five birdies and an eagle but the round of the day came from Uihlein, who recorded five consecutive birdies followed by an eagle. "It allowed for us to get it a little bit closer, make some birdies". I just haven't made anything. 13, 14 and 15 to drop to 2 under for the tournament before a 3-putt on the 18th green after his approach shot got him inside of 50 feet. 5, 7 and 8.
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The former world number one admitted that he was struggling with his putting this week but put his disappointing second round behind him to shoot three under and get to one under par overall. The seventh and eighth holes have served Woods well this week, coming into the final round 4 under on that stretch in the first three rounds.