Woods defies skeptics to match Snead’s Tour record
(Accordia Golf Narashino CC, Chiba:) Tiger Woods brilliantly continues to defy the skeptics muscling his way to a three-shot victory in the rain-affected ZOZO Championship and in the process tie the late Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour victories.
Woods, 43, was virtually in a class of his own throughout the eventual four-and-and-a-half days of the inaugural PGA Tour event in Japan.
Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)
“This is big. Hideki made it tight. It was a lot closer than people maybe thought,” said Woods.
“It’s been a long week. Five days at the top of the board if a long time and it was definitely stressful.”
“It’s just crazy. It’ s a lot. I have been able to be consistent most of my career and have put myself up there with a chance to win on a number of occasions, there was plenty of times I didn’t but today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out,” said Woods when asked abut what it means to him to match Sam Snead’s record.
The 15-time Major winner superbly set himself up for victory with a pair of 64s and then kept clear of the chasing pack with an eventual third round 66.
Woods was still two clear of his rivals through 11 holes of his final round late on Sunday when darkness halted play.
However, the sun shone brigthly early Monday morning with Woods completing his closing seven holes of the $US 9.75m event in one-under par, for a score of 67 and a 19-under par tally to finish three clear of local Japan hero, Hideki Matsuyama (67), who finished on 16-under par.
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy also muscled his way to a share of third place after recording a closing round of 67 to end his opening event of the 2019/20 PGA Tour wraparound season tied with newly-crowned PGA Tour Rookie Of The Year, Sunjae Im (65).
Six months on from Woods’ emotional truimph at Augusta National where he defied many doubters to capture a 15th Major Championship and his first Major in 11-years, and again the champion American has added to golf’s history books in matching ‘Slamming Sam’s’ record of the most wins on the PGA Tour.
Tiger was also asked about what Tiger, the Presidents Cup captain, thought about Tiger, the player’s chances of playing in Melbourne in December and the 15-time major champ was quick with his comeback:
“I think the player definitely got the captain’s attention.”
While some observers have been suggesting that Tiger should focus on the captaincy given his return from yet another round of knee surgery and his relative lack of tournament play this season, his latest heroics would suggest he would have to be an almost certain pick if he wants the gig.
Among those to be first to formally congratulate Woods wad PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan.
“On behalf of the PGA Tour, I would like to congratulate Tiger Woods for tying Sam Snead’s all-time PGA Tour victories record of 82 at the inaugural ZOZO Championship,” said Monahan.
“Today, we celebrate both Tiger and Sam Snead as they share a record that, given how difficult it is to win just once on the PGA Tour should sit squarely alongside the greatest accomplishments in sporting history. Tiger has inspired us throughout his career with his talent, passion and the ability to shine in big moments, and he continues to defy even the most outsized expectations with performances like we saw this week.
“Our fans certainly have a lot to look forward to in the coming season as Tiger sets his sights on win No. 83 – and more, I would suspect — competing against many of the players he helped inspire along the way.”
Jason Day fought his way back from an opening 73 to finish the best of the Australians in a share of 22nd place at 6-under with Adam Scott another three shots back at 33rd. Marc Leishman couldn’t find his game and finished well down the leaderboard in 69th place at 6-over.
The PGA Tour now heads to China for the $10.25m World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour Career Record
|1||Oct 06 1996||Las Vegas Invitational|
|2||Oct 20 1996||Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic|
|3||Jan 12 1997||Mercedes Championships|
|4||Apr 13 1997||Masters Tournament|
|5||May 18 1997||GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic|
|6||Jul 06 1997||Motorola Western Open|
|7||May 10 1998||BellSouth Classic|
|8||Feb 14 1999||Buick Invitational|
|9||Jun 06 1999||Memorial Tournament|
|10||Jul 04 1999||Motorola Western Open|
|11||Aug 15 1999||PGA Championship|
|12||Aug 29 1999||NEC Invitational|
|13||Oct 24 1999||National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney|
|14||Oct 31 1999||The Tour Championship|
|15||Nov 07 1999||American Express Championship|
|16||Jan 09 2000||Mercedes Championships|
|17||Feb 07 2000||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am|
|18||Mar 19 2000||Bay Hill Invitational|
|19||May 29 2000||Memorial Tournament|
|20||Jun 18 2000||U.S. Open|
|21||Jul 23 2000||The Open Championship|
|22||Aug 20 2000||PGA Championship|
|23||Aug 27 2000||NEC Invitational|
|24||Sep 10 2000||Bell Canadian Open|
|25||Mar 18 2001||Bay Hill Invitational|
|26||Mar 25 2001||The Players Championship|
|27||Apr 08 2001||Masters Tournament|
|28||Jun 03 2001||Memorial Tournament|
|29||Aug 26 2001||NEC Invitational|
|30||Mar 17 2002||Bay Hill Invitational|
|31||Apr 14 2002||Masters Tournament|
|32||Jun 16 2002||U.S. Open|
|33||Aug 11 2002||Buick Open|
|34||Sep 22 2002||American Express Championship|
|35||Feb 16 2003||Buick Invitational|
|36||Mar 02 2003||Accenture Match Play Championship|
|37||Mar 23 2003||Bay Hill Invitational|
|38||Jul 06 2003||100th Western Open|
|39||Oct 05 2003||American Express Championship|
|40||Feb 29 2004||Accenture Match Play Championship|
|41||Jan 23 2005||Buick Invitational|
|42||Mar 06 2005||Ford Championship at Doral|
|43||Apr 10 2005||Masters Tournament|
|44||Jul 17 2005||The Open Championship|
|45||Aug 21 2005||NEC Invitational|
|46||Oct 09 2005||American Express Championship|
|47||Jan 29 2006||Buick Invitational|
|48||Mar 05 2006||Ford Championship at Doral|
|49||Jul 23 2006||The Open Championship|
|50||Aug 06 2006||Buick Open|
|51||Aug 20 2006||PGA Championship|
|52||Aug 27 2006||Bridgestone Invitational|
|53||Sep 04 2006||Deutsche Bank Championship|
|54||Oct 01 2006||American Express Championship|
|55||Jan 28 2007||Buick Invitational|
|56||Mar 25 2007||CA Championship|
|57||May 06 2007||Wachovia Championship|
|58||Aug 05 2007||Bridgestone Invitational|
|59||Aug 12 2007||PGA Championship|
|60||Sep 09 2007||BMW Championship|
|61||Sep 16 2007||The Tour Championship|
|62||Jan 27 2008||Buick Invitational|
|63||Feb 24 2008||Accenture Match Play Championship|
|64||Mar 16 2008||Arnold Palmer Invitational|
|65||Jun 16 2008||U.S. Open|
|66||Mar 29 2009||Arnold Palmer Invitational|
|67||Jun 07 2009||Memorial Tournament|
|68||Jul 05 2009||AT&T National|
|69||Aug 02 2009||Buick Open|
|70||Aug 09 2009||Bridgestone Invitational|
|71||Sep 13 2009||BMW Championship|
|72||Mar 25 2012||Arnold Palmer Invitational|
|73||Jun 03 2012||Memorial Tournament|
|74||Jul 01 2012||AT&T National|
|75||Jan 28 2013||Farmers Insurance Open|
|76||Mar 10 2013||Cadillac Championship|
|77||Mar 25 2013||Arnold Palmer Invitational|
|78||May 12 2013||The Players Championship|
|79||Aug 04 2013||Bridgestone Invitational|
|80||Sep 23 2018||The Tour Championship|
|81||Apr 14 2019||Masters Tournament|
|82||Oct 27 2019||ZoZo Championship|