Fifteen of world’s top 20 bound for the Bahamas as THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME, “Tiger Woods”, announces 2021 Hero World Challenge field, AND MORE. That’s 82! How Tiger’s brilliance defied his age and body
Fifteen of the top 20 to assemble for Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge
Another stellar field has assembled for Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge.The exhibition, which was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated for Dec. 2-5 in the Bahamas. The Hero will feature 15 of the top 20 players in the world, including Collin Morikawa, FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau.The top two players in the world ranking, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson, will not compete in the no-cut, 20-man event that offers world-ranking points.Here is the full field: Morikawa, Cantlay, Schauffele, DeChambeau, McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Harris English, Abe Ancer, Viktor Hovland, Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Tyrrell Hatton, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson, Webb Simpson, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Rose.Stenson is the defending champion from 2019. It is not yet known whether Woods, the tournament host, will make an appearance at Albany as he continues his recovery from a serious car crash earlier this year.Of the 20 players in the field, 15 are ranking inside the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Stenson (2019), Matsuyama (2016) and Spieth (2014) are all previous winners of the Hero, held at Albany now for six years.Proceeds from the 2021 Hero World Challenge benefit the TGR Foundation, Tavistock Foundation and Bahamas Youth Foundation.
Tiger Woods Reportedly Has 1 Main Help In Recovery
A detail of Tiger Woods of the United States during the third round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 15, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California.
Tiger Woods continues to make good progress on his recovery from his serious leg injuries suffered in the early 2021 car accident.
The 15-time major champion was seen walking without crutches earlier this month. Woods was actually spotted on the golf course, watching his son, Charlie Woods, hit balls. Woods was seen with his longtime girlfriend, Erica Herman.
The latest Woods photo had fans encouraged. Many are hoping to see him back on the golf course at some point in 2022.
According to a recent report from PEOPLE, Woods has made great progress with his recovery. According to the report, there’s one main thing helping Woods get through his recovery: his children.
“Being a dad has helped him stay focused on his recovery,” a source told People.
“At times, it’s been very difficult for him both physically and mentally. His leg injuries caused him extreme pain. He is a fighter and has been determined to get better though.”
🚨BACK ON THE COURSE — Tiger Woods was seen this weekend in Florida watching his son compete at a junior event. TW was wearing a sleeve on his right leg & golf clothes on the range with a club in hand. First sighting in quite some time. 🙌 (Post credit: Mack Williams / Facebook) pic.twitter.com/U7Ie42ZxOE
Hopefully we’ll get to see the legendary golfer back playing professionally at some point in 2022.
What a journey. From a 20-year-old, newly established professional to a worldwide sports icon, Tiger Woods has mesmerized the golf world on his way to tying the PGA Tour record of 82 career victories, set by the legendary Sam Snead.
Snead, the Hall of Famer who was born in the same year as golf legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, was 52 years old in 1965 when he became the oldest player to win on the PGA Tour. Eventually, that victory was determined to be his 82nd and last, setting a standard that decades of players could not match.
Woods passed them years ago, before injuries seemingly sidelined his career, stalling at 79 victories after he captured the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
But the past 13 months have produced some amazing moments for Woods, now 43, as he won the Tour Championship last year for his first victory in five years, captured the Masters in April for his 15th major title and now has matched Snead in, of all places, Japan.
Here is a rundown of each and every one of those 82 titles.
1999 – Tiger Woods won his first PGA Championship, breaking out of a tie with Mike Weir at the top, before dueling with Spain’s 19-year-old Sergio Garcia through the back nine. #PGA100pic.twitter.com/y4Iq4GzEjP
1. Las Vegas Invitational Oct. 6, 1996
Runner-up: Davis Love III A final-round 64 in what was then a five-round tournament led to Woods’ first victory in just his fifth start as a pro. He beat Love in a sudden-death playoff.
2. Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic Oct. 20, 1996
Runner-up: Payne Stewart Woods shot a final-round 66 to edge the then two-time major winner by a stroke. The victory propelled Woods to the Tour Championship in just seven starts.
3. Mercedes Championship Oct. 12, 1997
Runner-up: Tom Lehman Then the season-opening tournament on the PGA Tour, the Tournament of Champions as it has been known, was played near San Diego. Weather shortened the event to 54 holes and Woods was tied with Lehman, whom he defeated in a sudden-death playoff.
4. The Masters April 13, 1997
Runner-up: Tom Kite Woods’ first major championship was historic in many ways, and the way he crushed the field was impressive. After shooting 40 for his first 9 holes, Woods rallied with 30 strokes on the back nine and eventually won by 12 over Kite.
5. GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic May 18, 1997
Runner-up: Lee Rinker In his first start after his Masters victory, Woods did not let up, opening the tournament with a pair of 64s on his way to a 2-shot victory.
6. Motorola Western Open July 6, 1997
Runner-up: Frank Nobilo Woods had a swarm of spectators following toward the green while playing the 18th hole at Cog Hill Country Club, where he beat Nobilo by 3 strokes. For the first time in his career, Woods went to No. 1 in the world, surpassing Greg Norman.
7. BellSouth Classic May 10, 1998
Runner-up: Jay Don Blake This was Woods’ only victory of 1998, and a final-round 72 was good for a 1-shot win. It was also a tournament he never returned to, as the following year it was played the week prior to the Masters, and Woods did not defend his title.
8. Buick Invitational Feb. 14,1999
Runner-up: Billy Ray Brown A 62-65 weekend at Torrey Pines was the start of considerable success at one of Woods’ favorite tour venues. He beat Brown by 2 strokes.
9. Memorial Tournament June 6, 1999
Runner-up: Vijay Singh His first victory at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament came after a hot first two rounds and a 69 in the final round to defeat Singh by 2 strokes.
10. Motorola Western Open July 4, 1999
Runner-up: Mike Weir This became the first tournament that Woods won more than once as a final-round 71 was good for a 3-stroke victory.
11. PGA Championship Aug. 15, 1999
Runner-up: Sergio Garcia It might be hard to believe now, but many were questioning Woods’ ability to win numerous majors before this win as 10 majors had passed since his Masters triumph. He got a big scare from 19-year-old Garcia down the stretch before prevailing by a shot with a final-round 72 at Medinah.
12. NEC Invitational Aug. 29, 1999
Runner-up: Phil Mickelson The first of three straight victories at Firestone in Akron, Ohio, in what was the first year of the World Golf Championship events. Woods led by 5 strokes after a third-round 62, and Mickelson, who was 7 back and tied for fourth, made it interesting with a closing 65 to pull within 1 shot.
13. National Car Rental Golf Classic at Disney Oct. 24, 1999
Runner-up: Ernie Els A somewhat frequent occurrence, Woods built a lead, then did what he had to do to win. After three straight rounds of 66, he shot 73 to beat Els by a shot.
14. Tour Championship Oct. 31, 1999
Runner-up: Davis Love III Woods cruised to a 4-shot victory over Love during a week that was marred by the death of Payne Stewart. The tournament was postponed for a day during the event so players could attend Stewart’s funeral.
15. American Express Championship Nov. 7, 1999
Runner-up: Miguel-Angel Jimenez The forerunner to what is now the Mexico Championship, the WGC event moved around in its early years and was played in Spain at Valderrama — site of the 1997 Ryder Cup. Woods was a shot back to begin the final round and shot 68 to tie Jimenez and won on the first extra hole of sudden death. It was the third victory in three weeks and eighth of the year for Woods.
16. Mercedes Championship Jan. 9, 2000
Runner-up: Ernie Els The start of a glorious year for Woods saw him beat Els in an epic duel that ended in a two-hole playoff. Both eagled the 18th hole in regulation, then both birdied it on the first extra hole. Woods then won with a 40-foot birdie putt on the next extra hole, his fifth straight victory dating to 2009.
17. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Feb. 7, 2000
Runners-up: Matt Gogel, Vijay Singh In one of Woods’ more epic victories, Gogel led him by 7 strokes with just nine holes to go. Woods holed a shot for eagle at the 15th, birdied the 16th and birdied the 18th for a final-round 64 during a Monday finish to win by 2 strokes.
18. Bay Hill Invitational March 19, 2000
Runner-up: Davis Love III The first of eight victories at Arnold Palmer’s tournament, Woods shot a final-round 70 and cruised to a 4-shot win.
19. Memorial Tournament May 29, 2000
Runners-up: Ernie Els, Justin Leonard The weather-marred tournament finished on a Monday, and Woods had built a 6-shot advantage through 54 holes, cruising with a final-round 70 that assured a 2-stroke win, his fourth of the year and a defense of his Memorial title.
20. U.S. Open June 18, 2000
Runners-up: Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez A record-setting performance at Pebble Beach saw Woods open with a 65 and never look back. Even a triple-bogey during the third round could not derail him. He was the only player to break par for 72 holes and won by 15 shots.
21. The Open July 21, 2000
Runners-up: Thomas Bjorn, Ernie Els Woods made history by completing the career Grand Slam at the Home of Golf — St. Andrews — where he led by 3 shots after 36 holes and was 6 ahead of Bjorn and David Duval through 54 holes. Woods cruised to an 8-shot victory, never finding any of the Old Course bunkers during the tournament.
22. PGA Championship Aug. 20, 2000
Runner-up: Bob May With a 1-shot advantage through 54 holes, Woods could not shake May, who shot a final-round 66 at Valhalla to force a three-hole aggregate playoff that Woods won. Woods became the first player since Ben Hogan to win three major championships in the same year.
23. NEC Invitational Aug. 27, 2000
Runners-up: Justin Leonard, Phillip Price Winning three straight majors wasn’t enough for Woods. He went to the WGC event at Firestone that followed the PGA and cruised to another victory, opening with a 64 and winning by 11 strokes.
24. Bell Canadian Open Sept. 10, 2000
Runner-up: Grant Waite Long remembered for the 6-iron shot Woods hit out of a fairway bunker from 218 yards on the final hole at Glen Abbey that set up a two-putt birdie and a 1-stroke victory. It also capped a remarkable nine-victory season.
25. Bay Hill Invitational March 18, 2001
Runner-up: Phil Mickelson Amazingly, Woods was deemed to be in a “slump” before this win, having played six worldwide events without a victory (but with four top-10s). A final-round 69 was punctuated by an 18th-hole birdie that relegated Mickelson to his second runner-up finish to Woods.
26. Players Championship March 25, 2001
Runner-up: Vijay Singh The tournament where Woods made the “better-than-most” putt on the 17th green during the third round. Often forgotten is that this victory came amidst the “Tiger Slam” of majors. A final-round 67 meant a 1-stroke victory.
27. Masters April 8, 2001
Runner-up: David Duval A first-round 70 left Woods 7 strokes behind leader Chris DiMarco, but a second-round 66 pulled him into a tie with Phil Mickelson, just 2 strokes back. A third-round 68 gave him a 1-shot lead over Mickelson in his bid to become the first player to win four consecutive professional majors. Duval briefly tied for the lead with a birdie at the 15th hole before a bogey at the 16th. Woods birdied the 18th for his 2-shot margin of victory.
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28. Memorial Tournament June 3, 2001
Runners-up: Paul Azinger, Sergio Garcia Woods made it three in a row at Muirfield Village, shooting all four rounds in the 60s and cruising to a 7-shot victory.
29. NEC Invitational Aug. 26, 2001
Runner-up: Jim Furyk Unable to add a major victory after his Masters win earlier in the year, Woods settled for his fourth WGC title and third in a row at Firestone. But he needed overtime to do it. After shooting a final-round 69 to tie Jim Furyk, Woods needed seven extra holes before defeating him in a sudden-death playoff.
30. Bay Hill Invitational March 17, 2002
Runner-up: Michael Campbell Like Firestone and Muirfield Village, Woods was finding Bay Hill very much to his liking. Despite a third-round 74, he went on to win by 4 strokes.
31. Masters April 14, 2002
Runner-up: Retief Goosen Woods became just the third player to defend his Masters victory, shooting a final-round 71 to break a 54-hole tie and win by 3 strokes. It was Woods’ third Masters win.
32. U.S. Open June 16, 2002
Runner-up: Phil Mickelson Woods grabbed the first-round lead, and despite shooting higher scores each day, won by 3 strokes over Mickelson. He became the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.
33. Buick Open Aug. 11, 2002
Runners-up: Fred Funk, Brian Gay, Mark O’Meara, Estaban Toledo Woods cruised to a 4-stroke victory after opening the tournament 67-63.
34. American Express Championship Sept. 22, 2002
Runner-up: Retief Goosen Woods famously quipped that he could think of a million reasons (first place: $1 million) why he’d rather win this World Golf event than the following week’s Ryder Cup (which the U.S. lost in England) before winning by a stroke over Goosen. It was his second victory in the event, played in Ireland that year.
35. Buick Invitational Feb. 16, 2003
Runner-up: Carl Pettersson Woods’ second professional win at Torrey Pines was aided by a 68-68 weekend. He won by 4 strokes.
36. Accenture Match Play March 2, 2003
Runner-up: David Toms One of the best-ever as an amateur in the match play format, Woods got his first professional victory at match play in the WGC final — 2 and 1 over Toms.
37. Bay Hill Invitational March 23, 2003
Runners-up: Stewart Cink, Brad Faxon, Kenny Perry, Kirk Triplett Not even a bout of food poisoning could keep Woods down during a rainy final round that saw him visibly ill on the course but still able to shoot 68 and win by 11 strokes. It was his fourth straight victory in the event.
38. 100th Western Open July 6, 2003
Runner-up: Rich Beem Woods cruised to a 5-shot victory, leading wire-to-wire and shooting a final-round 69 at Cog Hill to win the Western for the third time.
39. American Express Championship Oct. 5, 2003
Runners-up: Stewart Appleby, Tim Herron, Vijay Singh Woods’ third victory in the event came at a third different venue — this time the Capital City Club in Woodstock, Georgia. With a 67-66 start, Woods jumped to a 5-stroke 36-hole lead but a final-round 72 was still good for a 2-shot victory.
40. Accenture Match Play Championship Feb. 29, 2004
Runner-up Davis Love III Woods defended his title at LaCosta, this time defeating Love in the championship match, to surpass Tom Watson on the all-time PGA Tour victory list. It was also Woods’ only victory of the year — and the first time since 1998 that he won just once — as he worked through a swing change.
41. Buick Invitational Jan. 23, 2005
Runners-up: Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Tom Lehman Woods returned to familiar territory for his third victory at Torrey Pines and his first win in nearly a year. He had to come from behind to overtake Lehman, who bogeyed the final two holes as Woods won by 3.
42. Ford Championship at Doral March 6, 2005
Runner-up: Phil Mickelson In one of their rare duels, Woods and Mickelson went at it in an epic final round at Doral that saw Woods overtake Mickelson on the back. It came down to the last hole, where Mickelson narrowly missed chipping in for a birdie that would have forced a playoff.
43. The Masters April 10, 2005
Runner-up: Chris DiMarco Woods’ first major title in nearly three years, his first working with instructor Hank Haney, came in dramatic fashion. There was the famous chip-in for birdie from behind the 16th green; then two bogeys to fall into a playoff with DiMarco. Then a birdie on the first playoff hole. The win was Woods’ ninth major title.
2006 – Tiger Woods walked off Medinah Country Club’s No. 3 Course for the second time in six years in victory, collecting a third PGA Championship and was voted an honorary member by the club. pic.twitter.com/DudaYGk2u7
44. The Open July 17, 2005
Runner-up: Colin Montgomerie Woods won his second major of the year and his second Open at the Home of Golf, opening 66-67 at the Old Course in St. Andrews. Woods led by just 2 after three rounds, but cruised to a 5-stroke victory. Jack Nicklaus played his final major championship, missing the cut. It was Woods’ 10th major title.
45. NEC Invitational Aug. 21, 2005
Runner-up: Chris DiMarco Woods claimed his ninth WGC title and fourth at Firestone, holding off DiMarco with a final-round 71 to win by 1.
46. American Express Championship Oct. 9, 2005
Runner-up: John Daly A fourth victory at a fourth different venue in this event — this time at Harding Park in San Francisco. Woods shot a final-round 67 to tie Daly, who missed a short putt in a sudden-death playoff. It was Woods’ sixth victory of the year.
47. Buick Invitational Jan. 29, 2006
Runners-up: Nathan Green, Jose Maria Olazabal A final-round 72 landed Woods in a tie with Green and Olazabal — and he needed a final-hole birdie to do it. Woods won on the second extra hole when Olazabal missed a 4-foot putt.
48. Ford Championship at Doral March 5, 2006
Runners-up: David Toms, Camilo Villegas Woods defended his title, opening with a 64 and bogeying the final two holes of the tournament for a 1-shot margin of victory. It was the last time Doral served as a venue for a full-field PGA Tour event.
49. The Open July 23, 2006
Runner-up: Chris DiMarco Playing a baked-out Royal Liverpool, Woods famously hit just one driver during the tournament, electing to use irons off tees and rely on a precision iron game. For the second time in consecutive years, Woods had to hold off DiMarco, winning by 2 shots in what turned out to be an emotional win — his first major title since the death of his father, Earl, earlier that year.
50. Buick Open Aug. 6, 2006
Runner-up: Jim Furyk Woods shot 66 all four days at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan, to win the tournament for the second time and reach a milestone 50th win. He finished 3 strokes ahead of Furyk.
51. PGA Championship Aug. 20, 2006
Runner-up: Shaun Micheel. Woods won his second straight major, third PGA and second at Medinah by fighting his way into a third-round tie with Luke Donald and then shooting a final-round 68 to finish 5 strokes ahead of Micheel. It was his 12th major title.
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52. Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 27, 2006
Runner-up: Stewart Cink. Woods won for the fourth time in five weeks at a place where it was becoming a habit, capturing his fifth victory at Firestone but needing a playoff to do it. It was his 11th WGC title.
53. Deutsche Bank Championship Sept. 4, 2006
Runner-up: Vijay Singh. Despite having won two majors and a WGC in the previous four weeks, Woods was not done winning. He shot a final-round 63 to beat Singh by 2 strokes.
54. American Express Championship Oct. 1, 2006
Runners-up: Ian Poulter, Adam Scott. Woods capped an eight-victory season with a whopping 8-stroke victory, his fifth in the event, all at different venues. This was played at The Grove in England, the week following a U.S. Ryder Cup loss in Ireland.
55. Buick Invitational Jan. 28, 2007
Runner-up: Charles Howell III Woods’ fifth win at Torrey Pines came with some luck — or bad luck for Howell, whose approach to the 18th green hit the flagstick and rolled back into the water.
56. CA Championship March 25, 2007
Runner-up: Brett Wetterich This was a third-straight victory for Woods at Doral, although the first in the new format as a World Golf Championship event. It was Woods’ sixth WGC title in what had previously been called the American Express Invitational. He defeated Wetterich by 2 shots.
57. Wachovia Championship May 6, 2007
Runner-up: Steve Stricker Woods overcame a double-bogey on the back nine to overtake third-round leader Rory Sabbatini and win by 2 strokes over Stricker.
58. Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 5, 2007
Runners-up: Justin Rose, Rory Sabbatini Another rout at Firestone. Woods won the WGC event for the sixth time, shooting a final-round 65 to win by 8 as the tournament moved to the week prior to the PGA Championship for the first time.
59. PGA Championship Aug. 12, 2007
Runner-up: Woody Austin Woods narrowly missed shooting a major championship record 62 during the second round (settling for 63) and went on to a 2-shot victory in sweltering conditions at Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma for his 13th major title.
60. BMW Championship Sept. 9, 2007
Runner-up: Aaron Baddeley Formerly the Western Open, the longtime Chicago-area event got a new date and a new designation as a FedEx Cup playoff event. Woods shot a final-round 63 to win by 2 shots. It was considered Woods’ fourth win at the Western/BMW, first in the newly-formed FedEx Cup playoffs.
61. Tour Championship Sept. 16, 2007
Runners-up: Mark Calcavecchia, Zach Johnson An exclamation point on another remarkable season, Woods won for the seventh time in 2007 and did so by 8 shots after opening the tournament with rounds of 64-63-64 on the par-70 East Lake course. Woods also became the first FedEx Cup champion after the win.
62. Buick Invitational Jan. 27, 2008
Runner-up: Ryuji Imada For the fourth straight year, Woods began his season with a victory at Torrey Pines, this time by 8 shots over Imada. He needed just a score of 71 in the final round to cruise to victory. It was his sixth PGA Tour victory at the venue.
63. Accenture Match Play Championship Feb. 24, 2008
Runner-up: Stewart Cink This was shaping up to be a special season for Woods, who was 3-for-3 in victories including a performance a few weeks earlier at the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour where he shot a final-round 65 to win by 1. In the 36-hole match play final against Cink, Woods put an end to it early with an 8 and 7 victory.
64. Arnold Palmer Invitational March 16, 2008
Runner-up: Bart Bryant Woods needed a 25-footer for birdie on the 18th hole to edge Bryant by 1 shot — the first time in seven years he won with a birdie on the 72nd hole. It was his third victory of the year on the PGA Tour and his fifth in a row on tour. It was also his fifth at this tournament, but first under with Palmer’s name in the title.
65. U.S. Open June 16, 2008
Runner-up: Rocco Mediate Among Woods’ more epic victories, he defeated Mediate in an 18-hole playoff after making a 12-footer in regulation to force a tie. Woods, it was later learned, played with two broken bones in his left leg — which needed surgery for a torn ACL. That kept him from playing the rest of the year, with a record of four wins in six PGA Tour events, including his 14th major title.
After Tiger Woods won his first Masters in 1997, he embraced his father, Earl.
22 years later after winning his 5th Masters, he got to share that same moment with his own son, Charlie. pic.twitter.com/BqH1AyvM6A
66. Arnold Palmer Invitational March 29, 2009
Runner-up: Sean O’Hair Another walk-off win at Bay Hill, this time a 15-footer on the 18th green to shoot a final-round 67 and stun O’Hair by a shot in Woods’ third start of the year. It was his first victory since the reconstructive knee surgery.
67. Memorial Tournament June 7, 2009
Runner-up: Jim Furyk An interesting tidbit: Woods hit every fairway in the tournament. To win, he overcame a 4-shot final-round deficit. Woods also birdied the last two holes to shoot 65.
68. AT&T National July 5, 2009
Runner-up: Hunter Mahan This tournament featured a duel that we’ve been sadly denied: Anthony Kim was in the mix, and took the lead early in the final round, before falling back. Kim had shot 62 at Congressional in the first round. Woods’ final-round 67 was enough to hold off a charging Mahan by a stroke.
69. Buick Open Aug. 2, 2009
Runners-up: Greg Chalmers, John Senden, Roland Thatcher Woods added this tournament late as it would be the last for his longtime sponsor Buick at the Michigan venue. It would be the first of three straight events for Woods, including the PGA Championship. He shot a final-round 69 to win by 3.
70. WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 9, 2009
Runners-up: Padraig Harrington, Robert Allenby Woods was involved in a heated back-nine duel with three-time major winner Harrington, who fell apart after he and Woods received a slow-playing warning over the closing holes — one that Woods later criticized. A final-round 65 meant a seventh victory at Firestone and a 4-shot win.
71. BMW Championship Sept. 13, 2009
Runners-up: Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman The dominating victory at Cog Hill — his fifth at the venue, second in what was now a FedEx Cup playoff event — made many wonder how Woods ever coughed up a lead to Y.E. Yang a few weeks earlier at the PGA Championship. He won by 8 shots and it was his sixth victory of the year on the PGA Tour.
72. Arnold Palmer Invitational March 25, 20012
Runner-up: Graeme McDowell His first official post-scandal victory, Woods did it at a familiar place, winning for the seventh time at Bay Hill. He shot a final-round 70 to pull away from McDowell and win by 5.
73. Memorial Tournament June 3, 2012
Runners-up: Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini A historic victory for Woods, as it tied him with tournament host Jack Nicklaus with 73 PGA Tour titles. And he did it in style, coming from 4 strokes back, holing a flop shot on the 16th hole, and shooting a 5-under-par 67 to win by 2.
74. AT&T National July 1, 2012
Runner-up: Bo Van Pelt Woods got some help from Van Pelt, who bogeyed his last three holes as Woods shot a final-round 69 to win by 2. The third round was played without spectators at Congressional Country Club due to a storm that left the course dangerous. The win moved Woods past Jack Nicklaus and into second place on the all-time PGA Tour victory list, eight wins behind Sam Snead.
75. Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 28, 2013
Runners-up: Brandt Snedeker, Josh Teater For the seventh time (and eighth including the U.S. Open), Woods won at Torrey Pines. This time, though, it was with a shaky finish and a bizarre Monday ending. Woods at one point had an 8-shot lead, but bogeyed four of his last five holes in the fog-delayed tournament. He still won by 4 shots.
76. WGC-Cadillac Championship March 10, 2013
Runner-up: Steve Stricker A 66-65-67 start gave Woods a 4-shot lead through 54 holes, and he cruised to a 2-shot win over Stricker for his seventh title in this tournament. It was also the fourth time he won a tournament at the Doral Resort in Miami.
77. Arnold Palmer Invitational March 25, 2013
Runner-up: Justin Rose A Monday finish saw Woods get a hearty congratulations from tournament host Arnold Palmer as he ended up a 2-shot winner over Justin Rose, winning at Bay Hill for the eighth time to match a 48-year-old PGA Tour record. The victory also moved Woods back to No. 1 in the world for the first time since October of 2010.
78. Players Championship May 12, 2013
Runners-up: David Lingmerth, Kevin Streelman, Jeff Maggert A third-round spat with Sergio Garcia didn’t keep Woods from prevailing at a place where he traditionally has had trouble. Neither did a later tee shot in the water at the 14th hole — where his drop was questioned afterward. Rounds of 67-67 helped him get in front, and he closed with a 70 for a 2-shot win and his second at TPC Sawgrass.
79. WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 4, 2013
Runners-up: Keegan Bradley, Henrik Stenson A second-round 61 — matching his career low — had Woods well on his way to a 7-shot victory, his eighth at Firestone and his 18th World Golf Championship title.
80. Tour Championship Sept. 23, 2018
Runner-up: Billy Horschel His first victory since a remarkable return from spinal fusion surgery came after a couple of close calls at The Open (T-6) and PGA Championship (2nd) and saw him play with Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy over the final three rounds. A third-round 65 put him in position, and Woods extended his lead on the front nine at East Lake, leading to a coronation as he played the 18th hole, winning by 2.
81. Masters April 14, 2019
Runners-up: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele With an all-star cast of players in contention on the final day, Woods for the first time came from behind to win a major, shooting a final-round 70 at Augusta National to win his 15th major title and first in 11 years. Trailing by 2 shots through 11 holes of the final round, Woods parred the par-3 12th while several pursuers found the water, then made birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th holes to build a 2-shot lead he took to the 18th tee. He could withstand a final-hole bogey, setting off a celebration never seen by Woods in any of his previous victories.
82. Zozo Championship Oct. 27, 2019
Runner-up: Hideki Matsuyama Playing for the first time in nine weeks, Woods surprisingly looked strong and fit after a summer of physical struggles that included knee surgery following his final event of the 2018-19 season. After bogeying his first three holes, Woods shot an opening-round 64, and then followed it with another one to take a 2-shot 36-hole lead. He increased his advantage to 3 shots after 54 holes and needed seven holes on Monday to finish, winning for the 82nd time and tying Sam Snead’s all-time PGA Tour record that dates to 1965.
Reliving Tiger Woods’ record-tying victory at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP
Tiger Woods raises his putter while making the winning putt during the final round of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.
After Tiger Woods’ opening shot of the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, no one could have guessed a performance for the ages was soon to be unleashed.
Woods had not played since limping out of the FedExCup Playoffs months earlier, undergoing another knee surgery shortly after. The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP was his first start since, and he started it with three consecutive bogeys.
But from that point on, Woods produced a ball-striking display reminiscent of his prime.
Over five days – thanks to a mega storm that canceled Friday’s play – we witnessed history as Woods outlasted a challenge from local hero Hideki Matsuyama to win by three shots and take his place alongside Sam Snead atop the PGA TOUR’s all-time wins list. The two legends are tied with 82 wins apiece.
We do not know what the future holds as Woods recovers from his February car accident, but we can take a trip down memory lane with some of those who were closest to the action in Japan two years ago. This week’s ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP marks a return to the site of Woods’ historic victory after the COVID-19 pandemic forced last year’s event to be held in California.
Here are the accounts of those players who had the best seats in the house as Woods won No. 82.
‘HOW ABOUT THAT, HUH?’
After his opening three bogeys, Woods rebounded with four birdies to close his first nine holes. Then he took things up a notch with five more in his last seven holes for a 6-under 64. Nine birdies were his most in a round since 2013 and he had three more birdies than any other player. He birdied four of the five par-3s and sat tied for the lead with Gary Woodland.
Playing partner Tommy Fleetwood: “It was a cool atmosphere. I loved being there. … His start, … it was interesting. You never know what a round of golf is going to unfold and he hit it in the water off the first, hooked a tee shot off the next, and then he bogeyed the next and he was 3 over.
“But from that point on… it probably is the best round of golf I’ve ever watched. Like just the way he conducted it. The way he played, the control he had of his golf ball. I shook his hand and I was like, ‘Tiger that was really good today’. And he just looks at me and he went, ‘How about that, huh?’ with that big grin of his. And at that point I was like, man, even he knows it was so good. So yeah, it was very, very impressive.”
Playing partner Satoshi Kodaira: “He’s my idol so it was quite nerve-wracking playing with him, but I definitely learned a lot by just being around him. … While it’s hard for me to say it was a great couple days with the way I played, it was a huge opportunity for me to spend some meaningful time around him.
“To me there’s nobody bigger or better than him, so to play with him was just so exciting. But also at the same time, realizing that he’s also watching me play as well made me extremely nervous.”
After Friday’s play was called off due to a large storm, players returned for the second round on Saturday to play without spectators. After encountering huge galleries in the first round, players now faced near-silence, except for the fact some fans tried climbing trees and looking through fence gaps. Woods produced another 64, this time by producing five birdies on his back nine. At the end of the round, he led by two over Woodland.
FLEETWOOD: “We went from 20 deep to playing a round of golf with no people. Look at the contrast. I played golf with Tiger Woods on the return to Japan, and that special atmosphere, and then at the same time, the next round, I play golf with Tiger Woods where there’s nobody around. And both are equally as cool because it’s just so amazing. There were still guys like lining up on the roads at any sort of opportunity that they had to find a gap and they were all out there cheering for Tiger Woods.”
KODAIRA: “I talked with him a bit. I told him, ‘I’m a big fan,’ and he said, ‘Thank you.’ I think the happiest moment for me was when he called me by my own name. Simply put, it was amazing. … His rhythm stayed consistent the entire time. From the start of the week right down to when he was in contention to win, his rhythm never faltered. It was truly amazing to watch.
“I learned so much from that experience. Since then, I’ve tried to be more conscious of playing with a consistent rhythm. I don’t get panicked or upset now. I’ve taught myself to play my rounds with better rhythm, and that’s all thanks to being able to play with him.”
RACE TO THE FINISH
With time to make up, the decision was made to play in threesomes for the final two rounds without a re-pairing. Sunday would see a round and a half played for the final group of Woods, Woodland and Keegan Bradley before they returned Monday to finish the final seven holes. Matsuyama, Corey Conners and Daniel Berger were the group ahead.
Woods shot a 66 in the third round to be three clear of Matsuyama when they turned around and headed back out for the start of the final round.
BRADLEY: “It was amazing. I was so excited to play with Tiger in those last two rounds, because we knew they weren’t going to re-pair, so I was going to get to play with him both rounds, and we got to the first tee and they were about 10 deep on each side of the fairway. So it was pretty fun.
“After the third round, before we restarted for the final round, he went in and changed his shirt to the red Sunday red, which was so cool.”
WOODLAND: “He was playing beautiful. It was a ball-striking clinic. He just kept the golf ball in play, hit middle of the greens, two-putting with ease, just kind of worked his way around. It really was a clinic. And when he’s not on he still hits it to 25 feet instead of 10 feet. And it’s always pin high and that’s what’s so impressive. That’s what we’re all striving to do.”
‘I COULD FEEL HIM WATCHING’
Woods had three birdies and a bogey in the 11 holes of the final round that were played Sunday. He slept that night three shots ahead of Matsuyama. But he made a bogey when resuming the next morning and soon after stood in the 14th fairway as Matsuyama had a 5-foot birdie putt to move within a shot. The local star missed the putt and Woods would birdie the hole, setting up his 82nd triumph.
CONNERS: “I remember vividly finishing Monday morning. He was in the group behind me. There was a limited number of fans because of the rain, but on the 13th hole, a par-3, it was along the property line and there were all these fully-grown adults trying to climb the fence, or peek through the matting. I don’t know if they were trying to cut little holes in it so they could see through.
“The next hole was a par-5 and there was a backup on the tee, and I was kind of nervous hitting the tee shot because Tiger was on the tee. Who knows if he was watching me, but I haven’t played with him, and I was a huge Tiger fan growing up, so it was cool.”
MATSUYAMA: “Playing in front of him Sunday and Monday, there was a lot of pressure. I certainly felt that. When I was putting on 14 and Tiger was waiting back in the fairway to hit his second shot just standing there, … I could feel him watching. I could feel that pressure. It was a big learning experience.”
WOODLAND: “You could tell he’d not been in contention for a little while, … I guess since Augusta earlier that year. He hit one bad shot on 12 and Hideki was making a run. But from then on you can tell he kind of flipped a switch. He was kind of just on cruise control. From his bogey, it was vintage Tiger.
“At that point I was out of contention and he was trying to close. It obviously meant a lot to him to get to 82. You could tell that. I was trying to stay out of his way, but he talked the whole time on the back nine. I don’t know if that’s completely normal for him, but it was impressive.
“Not many guys get you to watch while you’re competing but he’s one of them. You want to beat him, but when the time was over, when I could tell I wasn’t going to win, I was rooting for him. When he’s on, his distance control is better than anybody I’ve ever seen and that was evident that week. It was as good as I’ve seen ball-striking-wise, and then he hit the shots coming down the stretch that he had to do. That’s pretty special.”
BRADLEY: “I was out of it so I wanted to watch him and sort of pick up on stuff that he was doing. I noticed a few things that I keep with me. … Him winning tournaments, it’s so natural, so, so smooth.
“I just noticed that his gait, his pace was very much the same for all 36 holes, but mostly just how comfortable he looked and just how sort of at ease he was in the moment, which was what I expected, but it was pretty cool to see up close.”
‘I KNOW DEEP DOWN HE WANTS 83’
While Woods’ future remains unknown, to a man each interviewed player believed he can make it back to the TOUR if that was what he wanted to do.
BRADLEY: “Playing 82 PGA TOUR events is pretty good, let alone winning them. But he’s one of the greatest athletes, one of the greatest at his job of anybody in any profession. What he’s done in golf is remarkable. You can never write off someone like that.”
FLEETWOOD: “I played with him when he won at East Lake. I played with him at ZOZO when he won. Clearly, I’ve been good to him in the latter part of his career. So if he wants to hire me when he makes his return, I’ll play with him full-time. We can negotiate and talk about it.”
MATSUYAMA: “He’s been doing special things his entire career and I think we will see him do so again.”
WOODLAND: “If it is the last (win), it’s sad. You hope he finds a way to come back and if anybody can, it’s him. He deserves it. The way he’s been out here and the way he’s carried his career and his game has inspired all of us. Obviously it was cool for him to get to 82, but I know deep down he wants 83.”
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur golf career, Woods turned professional in 1996 at the age of 20. By the end of April 1997, he won three PGA Tour events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters, which he won by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance. He reached number one in the world rankings for the first time in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, Woods was the dominant force in golf. He was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 consecutive weeks) and again from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 consecutive weeks). During this time, he won 13 of golf’s major championships.
The next decade of Woods’ career was marked by comebacks. On his return to regular competition, Woods made steady progress to the top of the game, winning his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship in September 2018 and his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.
Woods has held numerous golf records. He has been 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 awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times and has won the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times. Woods has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons. He has won 15 professional major golf championships (trailing only Jack Nicklaus, who leads with 18) and 82 PGA Tour events (tied for first all time with Sam Snead). Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins. Woods is the fifth (after Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus) player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest to do so. He is also the second golfer (after Nicklaus) to achieve a career Grand Slam three times.
On February 23, 2021, Woods was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after a single-car collision and underwent emergency surgery to repair compound fractures sustained in each leg in addition to a shattered ankle.
Tiger Woods’ Round 1 highlights from ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP
Woods has won 82 official PGA Tour events, including 15 majors. He is 14–1 when going into the final round of a major with at least a share of the lead. Multiple golf experts have heralded Woods as “the greatest closer in history”. He owns the lowest career scoring average and the most career earnings of any player in PGA Tour history.
Woods has spent the most consecutive and cumulative weeks atop the world rankings. He is one of five players (along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus) to have won all four major championships in his career, known as the Career Grand Slam, and was the youngest to do so. Woods is the only player to have consecutively won all four major championships open to professionals, accomplishing the feat in the 2000–2001 seasons.