Tiger Woods’ 82nd PGA Tour Win

Hudson Yu '22

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Tiger Woods won his 82nd PGA Tour title at the ZOZO championship in Chiba, Japan. The four time Master’s champion ties legendary golfer Sam Snead at 82 titles.

 

This win did not come easy, as this tournament was a test of endurance over everything else for Woods, who underwent surgery on his left knee for the fifth time just two months ago. In addition, he had five other back surgeries that plagued his entire golf career.

 

With all these problems, Woods still prevailed. He started rough, with back to back to back bogeys, but he ended with an astonishing 19-under par final score. Woods also made 27 birdies for the week to propel him to his 8th ever season-opening victory and his first ever PGA Tour title in Japan – marking the 7th different country in which he’s won.

 

After the win, Golf legend Jack Nicolus applauded him “I think @TigerWoods put it well after the @zozochamp when he said that the body doesn’t allow him to do what he once did, but he can still think his way around a golf course. Congrats my friend! I wish I could shake your hand today, but I’m not sure I could get there in time.” Aside from this, there were countless other congratulations and applause given to him for his win.

 

‘82 PGA TOUR victories in this era of deep tournament fields and incredible competition is truly a remarkable achievement, and we’re honored to have played a small part in it,” said Dan Murphy, President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. This achievement was history, the only other human to ever do the same was Sam Snead, at the age of 53. 

 

Woods lies three majors back of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles. Nicklaus was 46 when he won his final major, a sixth Masters title at Augusta, while Snead was 52 when he won his 82nd PGA Tour title. Tiger being only 43, will give him an opportunity to crack both these milestones, creating more history in the sport of Golf.

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