Bobby Tuzzio ’20
Chief Sports Editor
Last April, I wrote an article following Tiger Woods’ triumphant win at the Masters. Since then, Tiger has certainly played well, but it is fair to say that his play has digressed just a bit since he won the green jacket. He had so-so performances at the rest of the majors that summer. However, no matter how well he performed in the rest of the tournaments of the summer, he was always one of the biggest stories of the week. And he had stiff competition, including Brooks Koepka, who had a dominant summer. Still, Tiger remained highly relevant, despite his average play.
Also in the article, I wrote about how the chase for Jack Nicklaus’ record for most major titles–the ultimate record in golf–is back on. Tiger currently has 15 major titles to his name, three shy of the great Jack Nicklaus. He has four chances to add to that collection next year, including a chance to repeat his Masters victory. Thus, right from the first major in April, Tiger will provide golf fans with a lot of excitement.
One piece of information that I neglected to discuss in my previous article was how close Tiger was to achieving another record, one that is arguably just as impressive and revered. I am of course referring to Sam Snead’s record for the most wins on the PGA Tour. In a span of close to 30 years, from 1936-1965, Sam Snead won 82 PGA Tour events. This record has stood for over five decades. Think about the golfers who have played on the tour since then–Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, Player, Ballesteros, Mickelson, and the list goes on.
However, no one has overtaken Snead, arguably the greatest golfer of all time–or at least the greatest golfer of the first half of the 20th century. Now, to be fair, it said that some golfers, including the aforementioned Jack Nicklaus, did not play in many PGA tournaments throughout the year. In fact, Nicklaus was famous for this; when he was not playing in tournaments, he was usually practicing for the majors. The modern-day example of this is Brooks Koepka, who seems to always strike in the majors, with very little exposure during other PGA events so far in his career.
That said, this past Sunday, Tiger made his mark on Snead. With his win at the Zozo Championship in Japan, Tiger Woods has tied Sam Snead’s revered record for most PGA Tour wins, yet again, cementing himself as one of the greatest players of all time. It also took Tiger six years less than Snead to achieve 82 wins. While 2019 may have unofficially have been the year of the Tiger, 2020 could end up being Tiger’s best year yet.