Tiger Woods wins historic 82nd PGA Tour title at Zozo Championship
Woods triumphs in Japan to move alongside Sam Snead's all-time haul of Tour wins
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 28/10/19 7:48pm
Tiger Woods secured a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour title by holding on for a three-stroke victory at the weather-delayed Zozo Championship in Japan.
Woods, making his first PGA Tour start since undergoing knee surgery in August, held a three-shot lead with seven holes remaining when play was suspended due to darkness on Sunday evening.
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The former world No 1 returned on Monday morning to close out a three-under 67 at Narashino Country Club near Tokyo and end the week on 19 under, keeping him ahead of home favourite Hideki Matsuyama.
Victory is Woods' first since claiming a fifth Green Jacket at the Masters in April and moves him alongside Sam Snead's all-time number of PGA Tour titles, with the win also lifting him to sixth in the world rankings.
Woods got off to a sluggish start when play resumed at 7.30am, slamming his club into the ground in frustration after finding the bunker with his approach into the par-four 12th and then failing to get up and down to save par.
With the lead cut to two, Woods didn't convert an eight-foot birdie try at the 13th but avoided see his advantage reduced further when Matsuyama - in the group ahead - missed his birdie look from half the distance at the par-five next.
Woods restored his three-stroke cushion by walking home a 15-foot birdie at the 14th, only for Matsuyama to respond by draining a 30-footer at the par-three 16th.
Matsuyama squandered his 15-foot birdie try at the 17th and then found a fairway bunker off the final tee on his way to a closing par, with a three-under 67 setting the clubhouse target at 16 under.
Woods safely negotiated his closing stretch in two-putt pars to retain his two-shot cushion heading to the 18th, where he splashed out of a greenside bunker to eight feet and sign off his victory with a birdie.
A birdie-birdie finish saw Rory McIlroy end the week tied-third on 13 under alongside Sungjae Im, while a two-putt gain at the last lifted Gary Woodland to fifth spot ahead of Billy Horschel and Corey Conners.