Tiger Woods doesn’t do ordinary. The greatest golfer of all time, on his first tournament after knee surgery, won the PGA Tour’s first tournament in Japan to claim a record-equalling 82 PGA Tour victories for himself.
There were question marks over whether the PGA Tour’s debut in Japan would be completed after a typhoon wreaked havoc on Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. After a combination of weather & darkness delays, the final round continued on Monday morning (Sunday night in the UK) with home favourite Hideki Matsuyama trailing Tiger by three strokes. The PGA Tour could not have written a better script for the Japanese audience.
Listen, it’s going to happen. It just has to. And not just for the sentimental reason; Tiger is too much of a competitor to share the record. Sam Snead’s last victory came in 1965, meaning his record of the most PGA Tour victories has been standing for more than a decade longer than Tiger Woods has been alive. Jack Nicklaus’ Majors record might still be miles away, but surely the PGA Tour record is inevitable. Who knows, maybe this will finally get him some recognition in the world of golf.
Race to Dubai
Next up: Shanghai. The WGC-HSBC Champions boasts a hell of a field, and it’s no mystery as to why the big names have gathered… Money. The WGC event precedes the European Tour’s home stretch of lucrative Rolex Series events in Turkey, South Africa & Dubai.
Bernd Wiesberger, with three wins for the season, currently leads the Race to Dubai. However, the likes of Jon Rahm & Shane Lowry are hot on his heels despite only playing 12 tournaments apiece, as opposed to Wiesberger’s 25, thanks to their clinical golf in the biggest events. This offers a strong indicator for the finale, with Tommy Fleetwood in 2017 the only of the past eight champions to play more than 17 events.
Expect to see somebody kick into another gear as the Tour raise the stakes and, apparently more importantly, the pay checks.
Tiger Woods - What's in the Bag?
Not even TaylorMade would've thought we'd be diving into Tiger's winning golf bag twice in a year, especially not in Augusta & Japan! But here we go...
Driver: TaylorMade M5
3-Wood: TaylorMade M5
5-Wood: TaylorMade M3
Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Written by Joseph Carabini