Having played 29 holes Sunday before play was suspended due to darkness, Woods finished up the final seven holes Monday. Friday’s second round was washed out because of torrential rain at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, located approximately 35 miles east of Tokyo in an area pummeled by a typhoon.
Woods ended up carding a 3-under final round of 67 for a total of 19-under, three shots better than Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.
The win also made Woods a likely choice for the Presidents Cup team that will play in December at Royal Melbourne. Woods, who happens to be the U.S. captain, will make his picks in November.
Woods and Snead are the only two golfers with 80 or more PGA titles. Snead won his 82nd when he was 52. Woods, the Masters champion in April, is nine years younger.
The tournament itself was of a historic nature, as it marked the first official PGA event to be held in Japan. Woods hadn’t played a competitive round in that country since losing in a playoff to Padraig Harrington at the 2006 Dunlop Phoenix, in the southern city of Miyazaki.
Woods won that tournament in 2004 and 2005, and he led from the start in the Zozo Championship, but he admitted that Sunday’s marathon session was difficult, calling it “a long day in the saddle.”
“It’s been a long week. Five days at the top of the board is a long time, and it was definitely stressful,” Woods said Monday.
It’s an honor to be tied with Sam Snead for most wins in @PGATOUR history. Thanks Mom and Pop and everyone who helped make this possible. Hideki put up an amazing fight on his home soil, but to do this in Japan is something I’ll never forget. It’s been an awesome year. pic.twitter.com/m9ICuVyJmX— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 28, 2019
Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for third at 13-under, having played his final two holes on Monday.
“Physically, I can’t do any of the things I used to be able to do … but I can think my way around the course,” Woods, who underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure in August, said after his win.
“There was a point when I didn’t know if I’d be play again,” he added of his physical issues in recent years, most notably involving his back. “I was just hoping to walk normally again.”
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