Last Updated on October 30, 2019 by Daniel
Tiger Woods chalked up the 82nd PGA Tour win of his career at the Zozo Championship in Japan.
Woods, making his first PGA Tour start since undergoing knee medical procedure in August, held a three-shot lead with seven openings remaining when play was suspended because of obscurity on Sunday evening. The previous world No.1 returned on Monday morning to finish off a three-under-standard 67 at Narashino Country Club close to Tokyo and end the week on 19 under, keeping him in front of home most loved Hideki Matsuyama. Tiger Woods verified a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour title when winning the Zozo Championship in Japan.
Triumph is Woods’ first since winning the Masters in April, and moves him close by Sam Snead’s unequaled number of PGA Tour titles, with the success additionally lifting him to 6th on the planet rankings.
Woods got off to a moderate beginning when play continued at 7.30 am, finding the shelter with his methodology into the standard four twelfth and afterward neglecting to get here and there to spare standard. With the lead slice to two, Woods missed an eight-foot birdie endeavor at the thirteenth, yet stayed away from seeing his bit of leeway diminished further when Matsuyama – playing in the gathering ahead – missed his birdie from a large portion of that separation at the standard five next.
Woods reestablished his three-stroke pad with a 15-foot birdie at 14, just for Matsuyama to react by depleting a 30-footer at the standard three sixteenth.
Matsuyama missed a 15-foot birdie attempt at 17, and afterward found a fairway fortification off the last gap on his way to an end standard, with a three-under 67 settings the clubhouse focus at 16 under.
Woods securely arranged his end stretch in two-putt standards to hold his two-shot pad going to the eighteenth, where he sprinkled out of a greenside shelter to eight feet and closed down his triumph with a birdie.
“This is huge,” Woods said. “Hideki set up an astonishing battle on his home soil, yet to do this in Japan is something I’ll always remember. It’s been a marvelous year. Be that as it may, it’s simply insane. Eighty-two wins – it’s a great deal. Sam [Snead] did it into his 50s, I’m in my mid-40s still. Yet, so as to win that measure of times, you will need to flop a great deal, however, I’ve continued giving myself possibilities. Luckily, I’ve gone on minimal hot streaks throughout the years, and it’s everything amassed into a number – 82.”
He included: “I’m playing against kids now that truly begun after I won my first Major title. That is the cycle of sports – and golf is one of that one of a kind games that we can accomplish for quite a long time and I’ve had the option to do it for an extensive stretch of time and ideally I can keep on doing it at this elevated level.”
A birdie-birdie finish saw Rory McIlroy end the week tied third on 13 under close by Sungjae I’m, while a two-putt birdie at the last lifted Gary Woodland in fifth place in front of Billy Horschel and Corey Conners.
Tiger Woods’ winning gear
Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5°)
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M5 (15°), TaylorMade M3 (19°)
Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 (56°, 60°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS