Despite bad weather and recent surgery, the Sportster put forward an outstanding performance.
Tiger Woods is a well-known name in the world of sports. Wood's progress to becoming the only player to hold four major championships at the same time was nothing short of prodigious. However, in the last couple of years. the athlete has had some really tough tears with an infamous divorce battle and injuries. Despite these, the golf star has bounced back by making a mark in history.
According to CBS, Tiger Woods made history after hitting the record for the most PGA Tour titles. This comes after his 82nd win at the Zozo Championship on 27 October 2019. His masterful performance despite the unfavorable rainy weather is what got him the title.
Wood opened with 64-64-66 to take a three-stroke lead to the final round. He then went on to beat the local favorite Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes in the first-ever PGA Tour event held in Japan at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.
"Five days at the top of the board is a long time, man. It was definitely stressful," said the golfer ranked sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings.
He has done it. 🏆— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) October 28, 2019
Tiger Woods wins the Zozo Championship in Japan for his 82nd PGA Tour win, tied for the most ever Tour wins with Sam Snead. pic.twitter.com/LR5GEaeaRK
The major win has now tied the 43-year-old to the legendary golfer Sam Snead, who won 82 titles over his 50-year long career. According to Guardian, Snead, who died in 2002 aged 89, won the last of his PGA titles in 1965. "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," said Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner.
8️⃣2️⃣— Scott Michaux (@ScottMichaux) October 28, 2019
Wood, too, expressed his happiness through Twitter. "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," wrote the star.
On being asked about the secret behind tying the record with Snead, the golfer attributed it all to him being consistent. “It’s a lot of 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 the career I’ve had so far,” said Woods.
Though Woods was seen not shooting a score less than 67 since March 2019, his win was unexpected. The sports star had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee just two months ago. It was his fifth surgery on the same knee. "This is my fifth operation on it. I understand what it takes to come back from it. It's been nice to have movement again and not having it catch and lock up," said Wood in Japan. However, he transcended it all.
“It’s just crazy. It’s a lot. I’ve been able to be consistent most of my career. … Today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out," said Woods after the win. “I can still manage my way around the golf course. I know how to play. I was able to do that this week,” he added.