Tiger Woods Ties Sam Snead’s Career Wins Record in Japan

on golfWoods got his 82nd tournament victory at the Zozo Championship.Tiger Woods celebrated winning the Zozo Championship by three strokes on Monday, tying him with Sam Snead for career PGA Tour victories. “This is big,” Woods said.Credit…Chung Sung-Jun/Getty ImagesOct. 27, 2019Updated 9:42 p.m. ETTiger Woods was 6 years old the first time he crossed paths…

Tiger Woods Ties Sam Snead’s Career Wins Record in Japan

on golfWoods got his 82nd tournament victory at the Zozo Championship.Tiger Woods celebrated winning the Zozo Championship by three strokes on Monday, tying him with Sam Snead for career PGA Tour victories. “This is big,” Woods said.Credit…Chung Sung-Jun/Getty ImagesOct. 27, 2019Updated 9:42 p.m. ETTiger Woods was 6 years old the first time he crossed paths with Sam Snead, who played a two-hole exhibition in Southern California with Woods and said afterward, “If the kid doesn’t burn out, he’ll be the greatest golfer the world has ever seen.”Thirty-seven years later, Woods again found himself in Snead’s company. At the inaugural Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan, Woods chased down Snead, completing a wire-to-wire win on Monday for his 82nd tour victory to pull even with Snead, the PGA Tour’s career titles leader. It was Woods’s 359th start, which means that he has won roughly one-quarter of the tour events that he has played.The site of Woods’s latest milestone was itself a nod to his eminence. Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club was the first Japanese course to host a PGA Tour event as the United States-based circuit continues to spread into far-flung territories seeded by Woods’s renown.Woods’s worldwide reach was borne out in the huge crowds — at times 20 fans or more deep — that turned out to catch a glimpse of him. His global influence was also evident in the form of his main challenger, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, whose golf journey was inspired by Woods.After Woods won his first Masters, in 1997, Matsuyama, who was 5 at the time, said he repeatedly replayed the video of Woods’s 12-stroke victory. Matsuyama offered that anecdote in 2016, after he won the tournament in the Bahamas hosted by Woods, who finished 14 strokes behind in his return to competition after a back injury had sidelined him for roughly 15 months.Matsuyama started the final round in second and that’s where he finished. Denied the opportunity to go head-to-head with Woods in the final grouping — to save time, the players weren’t re-paired bef
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