Tiger Woods described his record-tying PGA Tour victory as “crazy” after reigning supreme at the Zozo Championship.
It was all about Woods in Japan, where the 15-time major champion claimed an historic 82nd PGA Tour title on Monday to draw even with Sam Snead for the most career wins.
Woods posted a final-round 67 to win the rain-delayed inaugural tournament by three strokes ahead of Hideki Matsuyama at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba.
“It is just crazy. It is a lot,” Woods said of the 82 career wins. “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. It was definitely stressful.”
It’s an honor to be tied with Sam Snead for most wins in @pgatour history. Thanks Mom and Pop and everyone who helped make this possible. Hideki put up an amazing fight on his home soil, but to do this in Japan is something I’ll never forget. It’s been an awesome year.
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Woods added: “Well, it’s a big number. It’s about consistency and doing it for a long period of time Sam did it into his 50s and I’m in my early to mid-40s. So it’s about being consistent and doing it for a very long period of time.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had so far. To have won this tournament in Japan, it’s just so ironic because I’ve always been a global player, always played all around the world and to tie the record outside the United States is pretty cool.”
The 43-year-old Woods underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, having secured a remarkable Masters victory in April — his first major title in almost 11 years.
Woods made a spectacular return from career-threatening back injuries in 2018 by claiming the season-ending Tour Championship and the former World No. 1 continued his rise back to the top of golf.
He returned to complete his final seven holes on Monday after darkness suspended the deciding round at the Zozo Championship, where he birdied his last hole to finish 19 under overall.
“I didn’t really know I would come back and play at this level,” Woods said. “But the fact that I could get down to read putts again, that’s something I haven’t been able to do in months. Something so subtle and simple like that, it makes a difference.
“The way I started out this week, who would’ve guessed that after bogeying the first three holes that I’d shoot the numbers I did. I made a few mistakes but they weren’t bad. When I did get out of position, I put myself back in.”
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