Tiger Woods Ties PGA Win Record

Nora Toscano, Reporter

Tiger Woods is one of the most renowned names in golf history.  The 43-year-old professional golfer has 109 professional wins. He was ranked number one in the world for a consecutive 264 weeks from 1999 to 2004 and regained the title for a solid 281 weeks from 2005 to 2010. After that, his career was put on hold because of the publicizing of his numerous affairs, which led to his divorce, before becoming number one again in 2013-2014. Following this ascension, he had four back surgeries in the span of four years.  He returned to the spotlight with a win in 2018 and won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.  

Woods has broken many records, including the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history. He has been ranked number one for 683 weeks in total. He has also been the PGA Player of the Year 11 times, which is a record.  This weekend, he tied for another golf world record: most PGA Tour wins. Beating Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes at the Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan, gives him 82 PGA Tour wins, which ties Sam Snead for the record.  

Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner, said, “Today, we celebrate both Tiger and Sam Snead as they share a record that, given how difficult it is to win just once on the PGA Tour, should sit squarely alongside the greatest accomplishments in sporting history.”  After his victory, Woods tweeted, “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.”