One of the greatest golfers to have ever graced the game Tiger Woods has tied the record for the most wins in a Professional Gold Association (PGA) Tour in Japan. Woods now is tied at most wins with Sam Snead.
Tiger Woods held off competition from Hideki who put up an amazing fight on his home soil in Japan. For Woods, to win the Japan open was something that he was longing for and it now also means that he has qualified for the Olympics competition.
Tiger Woods managed to record his 82 win in a PGA gold tour, making him one of the highest winners of golf tournaments in the history of the sport.
The 43-year-old world number 10 had seven holes to finish in Japan on Monday as he matched fellow American Sam Snead’s record, set in 1965.
It was his first event since having his fifth knee operation nine weeks ago.
In April, Woods won his first major for 11 years with victory at the Masters, leaving him three short of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
After his record-equalling victory, Woods said: “As far as playing until 52, I hope that’s the case.
“If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have given you a different answer, but certainly the future looks brighter than it has.
“The body can’t do what it used to but I can still think my way around the golf course.
“I know how to play and I was able to do that this week. There was a time if I didn’t know if I would play again so I am very appreciative.”
The 15-time major winner said the knee surgery provided the “most challenging” comeback of his career but he eased to a three-shot victory from Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama to win a PGA Tour title in a seventh different country.
Woods said he now hopes to return to the country to compete at the 2020 Olympics.
He said: “I know some of my friends have made Olympic teams before in the past and they said it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ll be 44 and I don’t know if I have many more chances after that.”
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