CHIBA, Japan — How many times have we written off Tiger Woods?
How many times has someone chiseled an epitaph on his headstone, shoveled dirt on him, kicked him to the curb?
“Tiger’s done,” it’s been said over and over. Even Woods thought his career was over in 2017 and said so to fellow green jacket winners at the Champions Dinner at the Masters that year.
Well, it’s going to be awhile before we cast him aside once again.
In his latest resurrection, Woods won the inaugural, storm-delayed Zozo Championship at Accordia Narashino Country Club, 11 weeks after last playing and two months after having surgery for the fifth time on his troublesome left knee.
No one saw this coming, but then, we should know by now never to doubt the guy. Even after his chances seemed to vanish with three bogeys to start the tournament, Woods rose like a phoenix in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Looking confident, relaxed and sound, Woods led the field with 28 birdies and shot 64-64-66-67 to top Hideki Matsuyama by three shots for his 82nd PGA Tour title, tying him with Sam Snead for most in history. Snead was 52 when he last won in 1965.