Nicklaus leads tributes to 'living legend' Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods answers a question during his press conference following his victory at the PGA ZOZO Championship golf tournament at the Narashino Country Club in Inzai Chiba prefecture on Oct. 28 2019

"The knee wasn't allowing me to rotate and because of that it put more stress on my lower back and hip", he said.

McIlroy, who finished tied third, said he had seen up close how Woods has changed as a person during a brilliant career punctuated by some high-profile personal problems. For all the fans of the sport of golf like myself, this was huge.

Woods tied Sam Snead for most wins in a career on the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods' peers have learned over the years never to be surprised at anything he accomplishes and are braced for a further onslaught from the greatest player of their era, and perhaps any era.

"The ball-striking exhibition I've seen the last two days is a joke, so I don't see him stopping any time soon", Woodland said.

And now he stands unsurpassed as the most successful PGA Tour golfer of all time after victory at the weather-delayed inaugural tournament in Japan.

It was his first tournament since arthroscopic left knee surgery in August and came after he started the tournament on Thursday with three straight bogeys. When Woods used to be within the midst of his wait on considerations a pair of years within the past, Snead's designate perceived to be kindly, alongside with Jack Nicklaus's document critical haul of 18. This is just as important to have the most wins as it to have the major record.

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"To have won this tournament in Japan, it's just so ironic because I've always been a global player", added Woods.

Yet now, with the spinal fusion this form of success and his most most up-to-date course of also taking a look for relish it has given him sleek impetus, every little thing within the immortality stakes is all up for grabs again.

US Open champion Gary Woodland had a front-row seat as Woods's playing partner for the last two rounds and said it had been a privilege to watch.

"It's been a long week, five days at the top of the board is a long time".

He will continue his strategy that he had last season of playing fewer events to give his body rest, and plan his schedule around being in the best physical condition he can be in for the four major championships. We all know he has the game to win many more PGA tournaments. "It was definitely stressful", said Woods, who pocketed a cheque for £1.755 million.

Rory McIlroy, who at age 30 has 17 PGA Tour victories, duly noted that he would have to win six times yearly for the next decade to approach 82 wins. His first came 23 years ago this month in Las Vegas, when he was 20.

That more open and approachable manner has been noted by Woods's fellow professionals, said McIlroy. And now, he's won as much as anybody on the PGA Tour. The torch will be passed to one of the current tour players like for example Brooks Koepka. Koepka has very few wins most of them being majors.

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