Woods wins record-equal 82nd PGA Tour title

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Tiger Woods equaled the PGA Tour record of 82 tournament wins with a three-stroke Zozo champion victory.

The 43-year-old world number 10 had seven holes to finish in Japan on Monday while agreeing fellow American Sam Snead & record, established in 1965.

It was his first event nine weeks ago since his fifth knee operation.

In April, Woods won his first major for 11 years with a victory at the Masters, leaving him three of Jack Nicklaus & record of 18 major titles.

Snead was 52 when he last won the PGA Tour, while Nicklaus was 46 when he was the last of his major trophies.

After his record-equal victory, Woods said: "The body can no longer do what it was, but I can still find my way on the golf course.

" I know how to and I was able to do that this week. There was a time when I didn't know if I would play again, so I am very grateful. "

After his last triumph in Augusta, Woods, who also had four back operations, missed the cut at the PGA Championship and Open.

He did not qualify for the final of the Tour Championship, with which he won the year before to achieve 80 PGA victories and a five-year spell without a PGA title, so opted for arthroscopic surgery for small repair cartilage damage in his left knee.

completed on Monday morning at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, after more than six inches of rain fell in a typhoon and Friday's second round was postponed.

Woods played 29 holes on Sunday while the tournament tried to make up for the weather delays.

At 6:30 p.m. local time in Monday morning, he resumed his final lap with a three-shot lead over Japanese Hideki Matsuyama.

He dropped a shot at his first hole of the day after finding a bunk bed on the green side eh, but rolled in a 10 foot putt to birdie the par five 14th and ended up with a three- under round of 67 and a 19-under total.

His first PGA title came 23 years ago this month at the Las Vegas Invitational, in a play-off against Davis Love III.

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