Tiger Woods equalled the PGA Tour record of 82 tournament wins with victory at the Zozo Championship.
The 43-year-old world number 10 had seven holes to finish in Japan on Monday as he matched fellow American Sam Snead’s record, set in 1965. It was his first event since having his fifth knee operation nine weeks ago.
In April, Woods won his first major for 11 years with victory at the Masters, leaving him three short of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles. After his record-equalling victory, Woods said: “As far as playing until 52, I hope that’s the case.”
“If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have given you a different answer, but certainly the future looks brighter than it has. The body can’t do what it used to but I can still think my way around the golf course. I know how to play and I was able to do that this week. There was a time if I didn’t know if I would play again so I am very appreciative.”
Woods played 29 holes on Sunday as the tournament attempted to make up for the weather delays.
At 6.30am local time in Monday morning sunshine, he resumed his final round with a three-shot lead over Matsuyama.
He dropped a shot at his first hole of the day after finding a greenside bunker, but rolled in a 10 foot putt to birdie the par-five 14th and finished with a three-under round of 67 and a 19 under total to win by three shots.
His first PGA title came 23 years ago this month at the Las Vegas Invitational, in a play-off against Davis Love III.
Source: Elombah News