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Tiger Woods Ties PGA Record With ZOZO Championship Victory

The first annual ZOZO Championship needed a Monday to decide a winner.  Seven holes remained for Tiger Woods as he was looking for his 82nd win on Tour to tie Sam Snead for most ever, and that is exactly what Tiger did.

To give you an idea on why Tiger Woods is the most dominant player of all time, here are some stats for when he is the 54 hole leader.

When leading by one stroke, Tiger is 11 of 12 with a percentage of 91.7.

When leading by two strokes, Tiger is eight of nine with a conversion percentage of 88.9.

And when he is leading by three or more?  Woods has a 100 percent success rate at clinching a victory with an astounding 24 for 24.  And today marked 25 of 25.

The day didn’t start off easy for Tiger though, pulling his tee shot on the par 4 12th.  But as he did all week, Tiger got a favorable bounce back in to the fairway.  It was obvious Tiger did not care for his second shot at all, slamming his club in the turf as the ball bounced into a green side bunker.

The shot from the bunker was no treat either, catching a tier on the green and leaving it short about 30 feet. A two-putt bogey was what Tiger walked away with dropping him to -17 and only two shots above the Japan native, Hideki Matsuyama.

One the par 3 13th, Tiger hit a great tee shot leaving him only about eight feet for birdie.  Unfortunately, the putt did not drop and he tapped in for par keeping a two-shot lead.

The par 5 14th was not easy as well.  Tiger had to put in some work to salvage an opportunity for birdie.  With confidence, Tiger walked in the 15-foot birdie putt, giving himself a three-shot leading going to the 15th.

Tiger parred three straight before heading to the final hole with a two-shot lead.  He hit an impressive drive and found the fairway to start the 18th.

Tiger’s second shot found the right side bunker at the front of the green, a little dangerous, due to it landing near the front lip.  Again, as it did over and over all week, Tiger’s short game came alive and set him up about 10 feet for birdie and the win.

And as he has done 100 percent of the time, Tiger Woods closed out his 54 hole lead and won the ZOZO Championship.

The greatest comeback story of all time turns 44 in December and it only took 359 starts for Tiger to get to 82 victories.

At the end of his round, Tiger was asked about what the Captain in him thought of the player in him in reference to the upcoming Presidents Cup.  Tiger’s answer?

“I think the player got the captains attention.”

Written by Brian Bernd

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