Tiger Woods dropped a further hint he will participate in the Presidents Cup as a playing captain after his historic win at the Zozo Championship.

Woods tied Sam Snead's all-time mark of 82 PGA Tour wins when he posted a final-round 67 to finish three strokes ahead of Hideki Matsuyama at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba.

The 15-time major winner will lead the United States team at the Presidents Cup, the biennial matchplay event that takes place at Royal Melbourne on December 12-15.

Despite failing to secure one of the eight automatic spots on the team, Woods has previously said he is open to becoming the second playing captain in the event's history after successfully overcoming arthroscopic knee surgery.

The last captain to compete on the course was Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition back in 1994.

Asked after his Sunday triumph whether his performance might lead to a playing berth at the Presidents Cup, Woods smiled and said: "I think the player definitely got the captain's attention.

"Physically, I can't do any of the things I used to do. That's just the way it is. Four back surgeries and my body just can't do what it used to do, but I can certainly think my way around the golf course.

"The knee didn't allow me to rotate, and because of that it put more stress on my lower back and my hip. Now I'm able to clear a little bit better, I feel better, I'm able to hit shots that I know I can hit and this week was a good sign for the future."

Each team's four picks will be announced on November 4 and U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland, who played alongside Woods for the final two rounds in China, feels there is an obvious selection to be made.

"If he doesn't [pick himself], that’s dumb because right now it is hard to bet against that guy in anything, especially in matchplay," said Woodland, who is himself hoping to secure a pick.

"He's going to have a force whether he is playing or not but I would pick him."

Tiger Woods described his record-tying PGA Tour victory as "crazy" after reigning supreme at the Zozo Championship.

It was all about Woods in Japan, where the 15-time major champion claimed a historic 82nd Tour title on Monday to draw level with Sam Snead for the most victories all-time.

Woods posted a final-round 67 to win the rain-delayed inaugural tournament by three strokes ahead of Hideki Matsuyama at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba.

"It is just crazy. It is a lot," Woods said of the 82 career wins. "I have been able to be consistent most of my career and have put myself up there with a chance to win on a number of occasions, there was plenty of times I didn't but today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out. It was definitely stressful."

Woods added: "Well, it's a big number. It's about consistency and doing it for a long period of time Sam did it into his 50s and I'm in my early to mid-40s. So it's about being consistent and doing it for a very long period of time.

"I've been very fortunate to have had the career I've had so far. To have won this tournament in Japan, it's just so ironic because I've always been a global player, always played all around the world and to tie the record outside the United States is pretty cool."

The 43-year-old Woods underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, having secured a remarkable Masters victory in April — his first major title in almost 11 years.

Woods made a spectacular return from career-threatening back injuries in 2018 by claiming the season-ending Tour Championship and the former world number one continued his rise back to the top of golf.

He returned to complete his final seven holes on Monday after darkness suspended the deciding round at the Zozo Championship, where he birdied his last hole to finished 19 under overall.

"I didn't really know I would come back and play at this level," Woods said. "But the fact that I could get down to read putts again, that's something I haven't been able to do in months. Something so subtle and simple like that, it makes a difference.

"The way I started out this week, who would've guessed that after bogeying the first three holes that I'd shoot the numbers I did. I made a few mistakes but they weren't bad. When I did get out of position, I put myself back in."

Tiger Woods has matched Sam Snead's record haul of 82 PGA Tour wins.

Woods ended an 11-year wait for his 15th major title by triumphing at Augusta National this year, and he started his 2020 PGA Tour season with yet another title.

Snead's mark of 82 PGA Tour victories has stood since 1965, but on his return from knee surgery the 15-time major champion moved onto the same total after triumphing by three shots at the Zozo Championship on Monday.

We take a look at Woods' 82 triumphs to date.

1996
Las Vegas Invitational
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic

1997
Mercedes Championships
Masters
GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
Motorola Western Open

1998
BellSouth Classic

1999
Buick Invitational
Memorial Tournament
Motorola Western Open
US PGA Championship
NEC Invitational
National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney
Tour Championship
American Express Championship

2000
Mercedes Championships
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Bay Hill Invitational
Memorial Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open
US PGA Championship
NEC Invitational
Bell Canadian Open

2001
Bay Hill Invitational
The Players Championship
Masters
Memorial Tournament
NEC Invitational

2002
Bay Hill Invitational
Masters
U.S. Open
Buick Open
American Express Championship

2003
Buick Invitational
Match Play Championship
Bay Hill Invitational
Western Open
American Express Championship

2004
Match Play Championship

2005
Buick Invitational
Ford Championship at Doral
Masters
The Open
NEC Invitational
American Express Championship

2006
Buick Invitational
Ford Championship at Doral
The Open
Buick Invitational
US PGA Championship
Bridgestone Invitational
Deutsche Bank Championship
American Express Championship

2007
Buick Invitational
CA Championship
Wachovia Championship
Bridgestone Invitational
US PGA Championship
BMW Championship
Tour Championship

2008
Buick Invitational
Match Play Championship
Arnold Palmer Invitational
U.S. Open

2009
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Memorial Tournament
AT&T National
Buick Open
Bridgestone Invitational
BMW Championship

2012
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Memorial Tournament
AT&T National

2013
Farmers Insurance Open
Cadillac Championship
Arnold Palmer Invitational
The Players Championship
Bridgestone Invitational

2018
Tour Championship

2019
Masters
Zozo Championship

Tiger Woods, who two years ago was unsure if he would ever play again because of injury, landed another big win on the PGA Tour to match Sam Snead's record of 82 titles.

After his emotional 2018 Tour Championship success and his stunning triumph at this year's Masters, where he landed a 15th major, Woods won again at the Zozo Championship in Japan.

Following Tiger's return to the top, Omnisport looks at some of the most stunning statistics from the 43-year-old's illustrious career.

 

MAJOR WINS

Woods famously sits second in the list of men's major winners, edging to just three behind Jack Nicklaus' tally of 18 with his fifth Masters success earlier this year. Tiger has won the US PGA Championship on four occasions and boasts three successes at The Open and U.S. Open.

PGA TOUR WINS

Sam Snead has long held the record for the most wins on the PGA Tour, but Woods has moved alongside his fellow American great, who died in 2002. Snead won titles in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, landing his last win on the tour at the age of 52.

 

MOST WEEKS AT WORLD NUMBER ONE

Woods has topped the Official World Golf Ranking, which was introduced in 1986, for 683 weeks, more than double the time spent at number one by his nearest rival in this regard, Greg Norman (331 weeks). In eight years - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 - Tiger remained atop the rankings for all 52 weeks of the year. His stint as number one between June 2005 and October 2010 - a period of 281 weeks - is another record.

 

CAREER EARNINGS ON PGA TOUR

Woods came into the Zozo Championship with career earnings of $118,704,468 on the PGA Tour, a figure that will now rise even further. He has earned over $25million more than his nearest rival in this regard, Phil Mickelson.

 

CONSECUTIVE CUTS

Between 1998 and 2005, Woods made the cut in 142 consecutive PGA Tour events, comfortably surpassing the previous record streak of 113 held by Byron Nelson.

 

RECORD SCORES IN MAJORS

Woods' record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par at The Open was taken by Henrik Stenson in 2016, the Swede's 20-under total at Royal Troon one shot better than Tiger's winning mark at St Andrews in 2000. Woods still holds the joint-best winning score at the Masters, having finished 18 under in 1997. Jordan Spieth matched that effort in 2015.

 

CAREER GRAND SLAM WINNER

In addition to being one of only five men, together with Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen, to have won golf's four majors since the introduction of the Masters in 1934, Woods held all four titles at once following his 2001 triumph at Augusta, which completed the much-vaunted 'Tiger Slam'. No player has ever won the four present majors in the same year

Tiger Woods made more history on Monday when he matched the great Sam Snead's record haul of 82 PGA Tour victories.

When Woods rolled in the winning putt at the Masters in April it was like reliving a bygone era, given it had been 11 years since the American's last major triumph.

There was considerable doubt whether Woods would ever challenge at the highest level again, as he sought to overcome career-threatening back injuries and a slump in form.

But he has shown he still has the game to land big titles, and by triumphing at the Zozo Championship in Japan, which drew a star-studded field, Woods moved level with Snead.

Here, we take a look at the timeline of Woods' dramatic, albeit largely injury-affected, fall and rise to becoming a major champion again.


September 2013 - Woods was named PGA Tour Player of the Year after winning five titles in 2013. He ended the year as world number one.

March 2014 - Underwent surgery to treat a pinched nerve and missed that year's Masters.

June 2014 - Returned to play the Quicken Loans National in June but missed the cut. He played The Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship but struggled at all three and ended the year ranked 32nd.

February 2015 - After withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods announced an "indefinite break" due to poor form, He had recently shot an 11-over-par 82 at the Phoenix Open.

April 2015 - Returned to play the Masters and showed signs of promise - finishing tied-17th after going five under par for the tournament.

September 2015 - Having missed the cut at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, the first time he had failed to make the weekend at back-to-back majors, Woods confirmed he had undergone a second major back surgery to correct a pinched nerve.

October 2015 - A month later, Woods underwent a follow-up procedure to his previous surgery to help relieve discomfort.

September 2016 - Woods filled the role of non-playing vice-captain in the United States' Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine.

December 2016 - After a 15-month absence, Woods finally made his comeback at the Hero World Challenge and placed 15th.

February 2017 - Having failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open a week previously, Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour ahead of the second round, with his agent citing back spasms.

April 2017 - Woods announced he would miss the Masters for a second year running, and later that month he underwent a fourth major surgery to help ease pain in his back and leg.

May 2017 - A humiliating mugshot of Woods was released after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods quickly explained the incident was due to "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications". He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving at a Palm Beach County courthouse.

July 2017 - Woods' inactivity led to him dropping out of world's top 1,000.

December 2017 - Made his latest comeback at the Hero World Challenge and finished tied-ninth, before showing good form at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational early in 2018.

July 2018 -  Finished three shots behind winner Francesco Molinari at The Open, having held the lead midway through the final round at Carnoustie.

August 2018 - Carded a 64 - his lowest final round in a major - on the last day of the US PGA Championship to claim second place, two shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.

September 2018 - Woods secured the Tour Championship at East Lake, his long-awaited victory coming after he was named by captain Jim Furyk as a wildcard pick for the US team to face Europe in the Ryder Cup at the end of the month.

April 2019  - Fourteen years after winning the Masters for a fourth time, Woods claimed a fifth green jacket and celebrated a 15th major victory, coming from behind to win such a title for the first time.

October 2019 - Woods landed more silverware in brilliant style in Japan, landing the Zozo Championship title by three shots in Japan. It gave him an 82nd PGA Tour title, equalling the record set by Snead.

Tiger Woods secured a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour crown after the 15-time major champion won the Zozo Championship in Japan on Monday.

American superstar Woods sealed an historic three-stroke win to draw level with Sam Snead for the most victories on Tour.

Woods carded a three-under-par 67 to finish 19 under overall, ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (67) at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

The 43-year-old underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, having secured a remarkable Masters success in April – his first major title in almost 11 years.

Woods made a spectacular return from career-threatening back injuries in 2018 by claiming the season-ending Tour Championship and the former world number one continued his rise back to the top of golf.

He returned to complete his final seven holes on Monday after darkness suspended the deciding round at the rain-delayed inaugural Zozo Championship in Chiba on Sunday.

Woods, who posted rounds of 64, 64, and 66 heading into the final 18 holes, carried a three-stroke lead at the start of the day and he maintained that advantage ahead of Matsuyama.

After playing his first 11 holes in two under, Woods returned to shoot a bogey and a birdie at the 12th and 14th, with another birdie at the last capping the Presidents Cup captain's position atop the leaderboard.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy (67) earned a share of third place alongside Im Sung-jae (65) at 13 under, two shots ahead of Billy Horschel (70), Corey Conners (70).

Justin Thomas signed off for his third successive round in the 60s – a 65 – to be tied for 16th with the likes of Patrick Reed (68) and Paul Casey (67), with Australian star Jason Day (68) a shot behind.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth's final-round 71 saw him finish five over and tied for 66th.

Tiger Woods moved closer to a record-equalling win as he took a three-shot lead at the rain-delayed inaugural Zozo Championship.

Woods, who is aiming to draw level with Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories, carded 66 in another impressive display on Sunday to take him to 18 under par.

The American followed up with three birdies against a lone bogey in round four before bad light saw play suspended.

The 15-time major champion is three ahead of home hopeful Hideki Matsuyama, who in turn holds a healthy three-shot lead on Im Sung-jae and Gary Woodland, who managed 67 and 68 respectively.

Woods, making his first appearance since he underwent knee surgery in August, hit six birdies to keep himself ahead following a tricky start to Sunday's play.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, continued his revival from a dismal opening-round effort of 72 with an exceptional 63 – including an eagle on the 18th – to take him to 11 under par, with the Northern Irishman completing the top five heading into the final round.

Due to the inclement weather, players started their fourth rounds as soon as the third had finished, with Justin Thomas and Open Championship winner Shane Lowry both carding 65 before diminishing light in Chiba meant play had to be called off for the day.

A smiling Tiger Woods reflected on a strange crowd-free day after pulling clear of the field at the Zozo Championship in a rain-delayed second round.

Seeking an 82nd PGA Tour win, which would draw him level with the record tally of Sam Snead, 15-time major champion Woods carded a second successive 64 in Chiba to lead nearest challenger Gary Woodland by two.

Friday's play was washed out entirely by severe storms and there were no spectators in attendance on Saturday due to safety concerns following the massive downpours.

"This was a little bit different," acknowledged Woods with a grin. "You make a putt and go to put your hand up and it's like, 'Mmm, you really don't need to put your hand up, there's no one clapping.'"

Assessing his performance in round two, he added: "It was a little bit better ball-striking wise, still not quite how I'd like to have it, but I scored well. The conditions were a little bit more benign and I was able to post a good number. I hit a lot of good putts again."

Woods is playing his first tournament of the 2019-20 season following a nine-week break in which he had knee surgery.

His fitness will be tested on Sunday, when players are scheduled to complete the entire third round and a chunk of the final 18 holes before play concludes on Monday.

"It's going to be a long one - we're going to play it from sun up to sun down," said Woods, who will tee off at 8:30am local time.

"We're probably looking to get something like 27 holes in tomorrow [Sunday]. Hopefully I can play well and get myself right there."

Tiger Woods picked up where he left off in round one to lead a weather-affected Zozo Championship by two shots at the halfway point.

Heavy rain wiped out play in Inzai on Friday with all rounds pushed back a day, but Woods made a second successive six-under 64 to take a two-shot advantage over fellow American Gary Woodland.

The 15-time major champion went out in 33 at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club - which was closed to the public on safety grounds - on Saturday after starting with a birdie and picking up another shot at the seventh after a bogey at the second hole.

Woods moved to another level after the turn, with gains at 10, 11 and 13 before finishing with back-to-back birdies to go 12 under after his second round.

Woodland had started the day level with Woods and played a steady round before reeling off three birdies in a row to finish.

Keegan Bradley shot a sublime 63 to move eight under alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama at eight-under.

Corey Conners and Daniel Berger are five shots off the pace with two rounds to play.

The event will conclude on Monday after the second round was postponed due to heavy rain with round three pushed back to Sunday.

The Zozo Championship will conclude on Monday after the second round was postponed due to heavy rain.

Adverse weather conditions in Chiba, Japan prevented joint-leaders Tiger Woods and Gary Woodland from building on impressive starts.

The PGA Tour announced that the second round has been scheduled for 9.30-11.30am local time on Saturday after no play was possible on Friday.

No spectators will be permitted to watch round two at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on safety grounds.

PGA Tour officials also made the decision for the final round to be played a day later than scheduled.

Woods and fellow American Woodland will start the weekend in a share of the lead on six under following opening rounds of 64 on Thursday.

Heavy rain forced the second round of the Zozo Championship to be postponed, organisers announced on Friday.

Officials made the decision to push the start of the second round back to Saturday due to forecasts of bad weather throughout the day in Chiba, Japan.

The second round is scheduled to get underway between 06:30 and 08:30am local time at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where Tiger Woods is tied for the lead.

"The golf course has already taken on 4/10s of an inch of rain, so it has actually reached the point of saturation and it's become unplayable," said vice-president of rules and competitions Gary Young.

"With more rain in the forecast and three to five inches of rain for the day, we thought the right decision was to call play for the day."

Woods delivered a masterclass on Thursday as the 15-time major champion earned a share of the lead after the opening round.

American superstar Woods – featuring at the first official PGA Tour tournament held in Japan – rode a birdie spree to card a stunning six-under-par 64 and join Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard.

Woods endured a nightmare start in Japan, where the former world number one found water after his opening tee shot.

Another shot went into the trees as Masters champion Woods was left reeling at three over through just three holes.

However, Woods – who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August – produced a remarkable recovery, making nine birdies over the ensuing 15 holes to catapult himself up the standings.

Tiger Woods delivered a masterclass as the 15-time major champion earned a share of the lead after round one at the Zozo Championship.

American superstar Woods rode a birdie spree to card a stunning six-under-par 64 and join Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard on Thursday.

Featuring at the first official PGA Tour tournament held in Japan, Woods endured a nightmare start at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where the former world number one found water after his opening tee shot.

Another shot went into the trees as Masters champion Woods was left reeling at three over through just three holes in Inzai, Chiba.

However, Woods, who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, produced a remarkable recovery, making nine birdies over the ensuing 15 holes to catapult himself up the standings.

"I certainly was not expecting to shoot six under after that start,'' said Woods following his career-low season-opening round. "That was a very ugly start.

"To be able to flip it like that, I felt if I could get to under par for that, I figure most of the guys would be about two, three under par with the wind blowing as hard as it was today, that I wouldn't be that far behind. It flipped and I got hot and made a bunch of putts.''

Woods and fellow American Woodland held a one-shot lead over Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who birdied the last to reduce the deficit heading into day two of the inaugural event, while Daniel Berger, Sung Kang and Ryan Palmer were tied at three under.

Justin Thomas – fresh off his CJ Cup triumph in South Korea last week – posted an even-par 70.

Thomas had three birdies and as many bogeys to be in an eight-way tie for 25th, alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia and Danny Lee.

It was a tough start for four-time major winner and FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, who shot a 72 to be eight shots off the pace, while Jason Day was a stroke worse off at three over and Jordan Spieth stood four over.

Tiger Woods said he is feeling good again after knee surgery as the 15-time major champion eyes the Presidents Cup in Australia.

Woods underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, having secured a remarkable Masters success in April – his first major title in almost 11 years.

The 43-year-old, who made a spectacular return from career-threatening back injuries in 2018 by claiming the season-ending Tour Championship, will captain the United States at the Presidents Cup, which starts in Melbourne in December.

It remains to be seen whether Woods, who could choose himself as a captain's pick to face the International team, will play at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, but the American star is hopeful.

"It [left knee] just kind of deteriorated over the year,'' Woods told reporters Monday at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where the Zozo Championship – the first official PGA Tour tournament in Japan – will take place, starting Thursday.

"It's one of the reasons we were planning on doing it last year. But I screwed up by winning the Tour Championship [in September 2018], and I thought I could keep it rolling.

"It affected the way my back was feeling and my practice schedule. I've been down this road. That was my fifth [knee] operation. It's been nice to have it moving again and not have it catch and lock up. A lot of wear and tear over the year. It's been stressed out for a very long time, and it was nice having it cleaned up.

"It made me more hopeful that I could do all of the above, play this week, play [the Hero World Challenge] and play Australia. The way I was feeling towards the middle part of the year, it was going to be a tall order to be able to do it all.

"I'm excited about having this end-of-the-year run where I'm feeling fitter and I don't have the achiness that I've been dealing with for the last couple years."

"I want to be fit and ready for the end of the year,'' Woods continued. "[I've] Been battling through this year. Nice to get over the hump and start feeling good again and go at it full speed.''

Tiger Woods should select himself as a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup provided he is fit to play, says Justin Thomas.

Fitness woes in the backend of the season, including surgery to repair knee cartilage in August, hindered Woods, who is due to return at this month's ZOZO Championship in Japan.

Woods failed to gain automatic selection for the biennial Presidents Cup, which pits the United States against an international team not including European players.

The 15-time major champion can still feature, though, by naming himself among four wildcard selections, a scenario Ryder Cup team-mate Thomas is backing.

"I think if he's healthy and playing well, I mean, I'll take him 100 times out of 100," Thomas said in quotes reported by Sky Sports. 

"I think he knows his body and knows himself well enough to make that decision.

"He's asked me about it and I've told him that exact same thing. For him, it's all about health, and for anybody. They need to make sure their game is ready and their body is ready because it's not just something that you do just to do.

"If he's going to pick himself, he's only going to do it if he's ready and he's playing well. So I guess we'll just have to wait and see." 

Several players are vying for a pick, with Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland among them, and Thomas says Woods has been conversing with players already on the team over who should get the nod.

"[Woods] has reached out to all of us on the team about what we think and what we want," Thomas added. "It is kind of a different year, but that being said, it's not a bad thing, it's a good thing.

"It shows how deep our team is and how many great players we truly have with the chance and the possibility of having on the team playing. He's going to make the right decisions."

Fifteen-time major winner Tiger Woods is writing his first memoir, which will be titled 'Back'.

His publisher, announcing the book on Tuesday, describes it as "the first and only account directly from Woods, with the full co-operation of his friends, family and inner circle".

Woods said in a statement from HarperCollins Publishers: "I've been in the spotlight for a long time, and because of that, there have been books and articles and TV shows about me, most filled with errors, speculative and wrong.

"This book is my definitive story. It's in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what's happened in my life. I've been working at it steadily, and I'm looking forward to continuing the process and creating a book that people will want to read."

Woods, 43, won this year's Masters and the memoir will cover his life from his start in the game through to his victory in April at Augusta National, according to HarperCollins. No release date was announced.

There have been multiple books written about Woods, most notably 2018's 'Tiger Woods' by authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian that spent time on the New York Times Bestseller List and was described as a "deeper look at the personal and professional triumphs and disasters of the champion golfer".

It was a critically acclaimed warts-and-all account of Woods' life that has included his triumphs on the course as he rose to number one in the world as one of golf's most dominating figures, but also a much-publicised break-up from his wife after his infidelities, among other off-the-course tribulations.

It is unclear how deeply Woods will delve into his missteps in 'Back', based on Tuesday's announcement, although the book's editor hinted that he might open up as never before.

"Meeting with Tiger, speaking with him at length about the process of writing a memoir, I was delighted to discover how much he has to say, and how ready, how eager, he is to say it," said Shannon Welch, who will edit the book. "He's at a place in his career and his life where he's thinking deeply about his story, the highs and the lows, and how it all relates and connects. I think the result will be extraordinary."

Woods, whose season was a disappointment after the major victory in the spring, is set to return to competitive golf next week in Japan. He is scheduled to play next Monday in The Challenge: Japan Skins with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama and then will compete from October 24-27 in the Zozo Championship in Chiba, the first PGA Tour event contested in Japan.

He has played competitively only six times since the Masters, missing two cuts and withdrawing from another event with an injury. He has since had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee and has not played since the BMW Championship in August.

Woods has 81 PGA Tour wins, the second-highest total of any player, behind only Sam Snead's 82. Woods' 15 major victories put him three shy of Jack Nicklaus' career record and include five victories at the Masters, four in US PGA Championships, three in U.S. Opens and three Open Championships.

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