Tiger Woods record-tying win at inaugural Zozo Championship

by Maura Hutchinson

Tiger Woods made history in Japan on Monday, winning the inaugural Zozo Championship and tying Sam Snead’s record of the most PGA Tour titles.

The 15-time major winner was the picture of precision throughout his wire-to-wire win in Japan. The only thing that slowed him down was the torrential rain that wiped out Friday’s round. Woods however was undeterred, playing 29 holes on Sunday before showing back up on Monday morning to finish the job, three-strokes ahead of Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.

“This is big,” Woods told reporters after the win. Adding, “ Hideki made it tight. It was a lot closer than people maybe thought. It is just crazy. It is a lot. I have been able to be consistent most of my career and have put myself up there with a chance to win on a number of occasions, there was plenty of times I didn't but today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out.”

This was Woods’ first tournament back since undergoing a knee operation nine weeks ago. The 43-year-old proved he was fit and ready to continue an amazing year that has seen him win three times in the past 13 months, including his epic Masters victory in April.

Snead secured his 82nd victory in 1965 at the age of 52, so does Woods believe he has what it takes to overtake the record?

“As far as playing until 52, I hope that’s the case,” Woods said. “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, and hopefully I can be as consistent as he was well into my 40s and early 50s.”

Check out the TaylorMade golfer’s winning bag below:

Driver: TaylorMade M5
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M5; TaylorMade M3
Irons: TaylorMade P7 TW
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS