Tiger Woods celebrates winning the Zozo Championship (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

PGA Tour

ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club

Purse: $9,750,000 ($1,755,000 to the winner)

Continuing his case for being named the Greatest Golfer of all Time, Tiger Woods tied Sam Snead’s TOUR record of 82 career victories with his three-shot win at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. Woods’ 82nd career victory comes at age 43. Sam Snead’s 82nd came at age 52. Woods has now converted 25 of 25 leads of three shots or more after 54 holes and 44 of 46 solo 54-hole leads

Final-Round Leaderboard

Tiger Woods                         64-64-66-67—261 (-19)

Hideki Matsuyama              65-67-65-67—264 (-16)

Rory McIlroy                         72-65-63-67—267 (-13)

Sungjae Im                            71-64-67-65—267 (-13)

 

“[82] It’s a big number. It’s about consistency and doing it for a long period of time,” Woods said.  “Sam (Snead) 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, I’ve always played all around the world and to tie the record outside the United States is pretty cool.

“It was a very long week because I was tied for the lead for the better part of five days and going into today’s    finishing up the final round, having a three shot lead and Hideki making a run like he did last night birdieing 11 and 12 and then he got off to a good start.  I made a mistake right away at 11 and it became a pretty good ballgame. Wish I would have made one of those putts on 13 and 15, but coming up 18, I had looking back on it, I probably misread the situation because what happened was Hideki hit his ball on    as I was walking up to 17 green, I made sure I saw him hit his tee shot.  He hit a fairway wood off the tee and didn’t like it, so looked like he hit some kind of spinner to the right.

“I finish out 17 and we got to 18 tee, looking down there, it looked like when he hit his shot, he hit a good one.  People were clapping, people were applauding.  When I got into my second shot, I figured he had hit his second shot from the bunker onto the green from the right.  The leaderboard when I got up there on the green didn’t show any of the numbers, so I was looking across to nine and I couldn’t read the numbers, it was too far away, it’s in red, so I figured I need to make par to win by a shot and end up winning by three, which was a little bit to my surprise.”

In comparing TIger’s 82 victories versus Sam Snead, by age:

Wins by Age

Sam Snead vs. Tiger Woods

Sam Snead Victory No. Tiger Woods
25 5 21
26 10 23
28 20 24
32 30 26
34 40 28
37 50 30
38 60 31
41 70 33
47 79 37
47 80 42
52 82 43

 

With the victory

No. 8      FedExCup

1              Starts at ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

359         PGA TOUR starts

82            PGA TOUR victories

2              FedExCup titles (2007, 2009)

198         Top-10s on PGA TOUR

#6            Projected OWGR

1              PGA TOUR starts in 2019-20

 

Highest Win Percentage

Minimum of 200 Starts on PGA TOUR

     # of Starts Wins Win %
Woods, Tiger 359 82 22.8%
Hogan, Ben 300 64 21.3%
Nelson, Byron 287 52 18.1%
Snead, Sam 585 82 14.0%
Picard, Henry 201 26 12.9%
Nicklaus, Jack 595 73 12.2%
Sarazen, Gene 316 38 12.0%
Middlecoff, Cary 346 39 11.3%

 

Tiger Woods

PGA TOUR Career Breakdown

    PCT.
Events 359
Wins 82 22.8%
Top 5s 163 45.4%
Top 10s 198 55.2%
Top 25s 269 74.9%
Cuts Made 326 90.8%
*thru 2019 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Stats about Tiger:

  • Has converted 44 of 46 times (95.6%) when holding the outright 54-hole lead. Only two times he has failed to convert the solo 54-hole lead were the 1996 Quad City Classic and 2009 PGA Championship
  • Has converted 55 of 59 (93.2%) times he’s held the 54-hole lead/co-lead including his last nine consecutive
  • Fifth PGA TOUR winner (since 2003) to play their opening three holes in their opening round in 3-over or worse and go onto win. Ben Crane/2003 AT&T Classic, Vijay Singh/2004 RBC Canadian Open, Bubba Watson/2014 Genesis Open, Rory McIlroy/2016 Dell Technologies Championship are the only other players to do so
  • Played the par-3s in 9-under, his career-best par-3 performance in an event on TOUR and best in the field by four shots. One of only six players since 1983 to play the par-3s in 9-under or better en route to victory
  • Carded 27 birdies, seven more birdies than any other player in the field
  • Has posted PGA TOUR wins in 19 different seasons, beginning in 1996
  • Eight wins in his first start of the season – 1997 Sentry Tournament of Champions, 2000 Sentry Tournament of Champions, 2003 Buick Invitational, 2006 Buick Invitational, 2007 Buick Invitational, 2008 Buick Invitational, 2013 Farmers Insurance Open, 2019 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 19-under 261 ties the third lowest 72-hole score of his career. Best 72-hole career score is 257 (-23) at the 2007 TOUR Championship
  • Ranked third in the field in greens in regulation hit with 55/72 (76%)
  • Ranked T4 in putts per hole with 1.54
  • Finished 13th in the final Presidents Cup rankings in August and has an opportunity to make himself one of four captain’s picks when he decides which players will fill out his U.S. Team. If he is picked, Woods would be the second playing-captain in Presidents Cup history, joining Hale Irwin, who was a playing captain in the inaugural playing in 1994

 

Australian Results

 

             Player Result Earnings FedExCup

Standing

Notes
Jason Day T22 (-6) T22 (-6) 92 Earned his first top-25 finish of the season after finishing T31 in THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. Won The Challenge: Japan Skins at Narashino CC against Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Tiger Woods on Monday.
Marc Leishman 69th (+6) $17,355 28 His first-round 76 equaled his highest round of the season—matching a 76 in the first round at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier en route to a WD.
Adam Scott T33 (-3) $51,528 77 Made the cut for the third consecutive time this season, following a T17 at the Safeway Open and T42 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

                                                                                   

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