Tiger Woods equals Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins

Tiger Woods equalled Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 wins last night with victory at the ZoZo Championship.

Woods was also competing in his first tournament since undergoing left knee surgery two months ago.

It was another chapter in the Woods recovery, in which he underwent a spinal fusion in 2017 that fixed searing back and leg pain and resurrected a career that appeared to be over.

Woods had seven holes to complete on the final day after severe weather had delayed play. He dropped a shot on the first hole but sunk a 10-foot putt to birdie the par-five 14th and eventually finished with a three-under round of 67 to win by three shots.

Woods still has time and age on his side if he is to eclipse Snead, who was 52 when he won his last title.

Woods, who turns 44 in December, 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 sporting icon can now look forward to new challenges in 2020 by potentially representing USA in the Olympics.

Woods added: “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.”

If Woods stays fully fit, he will have four opportunities next year to break the Majors record set by Jack Nicklaus, who remains on 18.

Woods’ dramatic victory at Augusta in April now leaves him within three of his idol.

The world of sport loves a comeback, and no one done it quite like Tiger Woods.

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