Tiger Woods ties Sam Snead to 82 PGA Tour event wins, keeping Hideki Matsuyama to win the Zozo Championship title
- Tiger Woods emerged victorious at Zozo Championship in Inzai, Japan
- Living legend now equaled 82 event victories of the Sam Pead Tour PGA Tour
- Japan was hosting the PGA Tour for the first time, with thousands of people attending
- Woods resisted local hero Hideki Matsuyama's challenge to win the event
When he turned pro in 1996, Tiger Woods had two landmarks in mind that he knew would occupy him for much of his career. One of them, of course, was Jack Nicklaus's total of 18 courses. The other was Sam Snead's historic record of 82 PGA Tour wins.
After advancing for the first time in 11 seasons with his 15th blockbuster Masters success in April, Woods – playing in his first tournament for nine weeks after a fifth period of left knee surgery – signed this remarkable comeback year by moving alongside Snead with a three-stroke success in the rain affected the Zozo Championship, the first PGA Tour event to be held in Japan.
Snead reached 82nd in 1965 at the age of 52. Even after all the injuries, Woods achieved the feat at age 43, and certainly now will reach a total that will last at least as long as the man-defined one. known as Slammin & # 39; Sam.
Tiger Woods holds trophy high at Zozo Championship in Inzai on Monday
Woods tied with Sam Snead after winning his 82nd PGA Tour title in Japan
Tiger, who started the tournament with three straight bogeys, defeated a stellar table, with Japanese superstar Hideki Matsuyama his closest stalker, followed by Rory McIlroy in third place. Woods had only seven holes left to complete when play resumed at 6.30 am outside. Tokyo, but that didn't stop thousands of viewers from waking up early to accompany him on his last march in history.
There was a moment of alarm when his three-shot lead was instantly reduced with a trick in the 12th. In addition, Matsuyama had a chance to further reduce the deficit with a 6 foot bird attempt in the 14tt – but that escaped and would be as close as possible to him. A Tiger bird in the same hole meant he could play smarter than aggressive golf from there to club headquarters and close another win, this time for three strokes.
Woods looked old as he advanced to victory at the Zozo Championship in Inzai
Woods' latest triumph puts him at the level of Sam Snead's PGA 82 touring victories
Tiger's next task will be to wear the captain's hat to the Presidents Cup and name his four wildcards next week. Now he is sure to spend one of them for the match against Ernie Els's international team at the Royal Melbourne in December.
Woods said, “That's great. Hideki made it steady. It was much closer than people thought. This is crazy. Is very.
& # 39; I managed to be consistent most of my career and put myself up there with a chance to win on several occasions, there were many times not, but today was one of those days when I was able to pull it out.
"It was definitely stressful."
Meanwhile at Portugal Masters, Englishman Steven Brown was speechless after a remarkable success on the first tour. The 32-year-old started the week in a precarious position with regard to maintaining his privileges on the European tour for next season. Now he says goodbye to worrying about the next qualifying school and prepares to say hello to the brilliant world of mega-dollar parts. offs, starting next week with the £ 7 million Turkish Airlines Open.
Talk about four days that changed everything.
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama himself led Woods to close on the last day, but fell short
How does a man play so badly for most of the season and then find his shape when nothing else suits? Even getting into the last day, Brown knew he still had work to do, despite being in a healthy fourth place. He needed the first three places.
Against two South Africans in Brandon Stone and Justin Walters, let's hope the Middlesex man set the tone for this important sporting week between the two nations with his emotionless play. Brown finished with a wonderful 66 for a triumph of a blow over the pair.
"It's hard to express words," he said. & # 39; It just shows that you never know about this game. It's crazy to think about how I played here and in France last week (he finished 11th) and how much I played for most of the season. I never thought this could happen. I was counting down to qualified school and getting ready for it.
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