INZAI CITY, Japan — Tiger Woods shrugged off an early bogey Monday to win the Zozo Championship and tie Sam Snead's PGA Tour record of 82 victories.
The 43-year-old American returned to Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club to play the final seven holes in the rain-hit tournament, completing a 3-under-par 67 in the fourth round to finish at 19-under 261 and beat local favorite Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes.
"It's just crazy. It's a lot," Woods said. "I've been able to be consistent most of my career. Today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out."
Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months ago, his fifth procedure on the same problematic joint. He was making his first start in his 23rd season on the PGA Tour.
"I can still manage my way around the golf course," Woods said. "I know how to play. I was able to do that this week."
The fourth round was suspended because of darkness Sunday, and Woods took a three-stroke lead over the 27-year-old Matsuyama into today in the first official PGA Tour event in Japan.
Woods bogeyed his first hole of the day, the par-4 12th, but was solid the rest of the way with birdies on Nos. 14 and 18. Matsuyama also closed with a 67
Rory McIlroy, the highest-rated player in the field at No. 2 in the World Golf Ranking, completed his round with two birdies for a 67 to tie for third at 13 under with South Korea's Sungjae Im (65).
Woods opened with consecutive 64s, with a day off in between because of rain. He had a 66 on Sunday in the third round.
"It's been a long week," Woods said. "Five days at the top of the leaderboard is a long time."
As the U.S. Presidents Cup captain, Woods was asked about picking himself for the team.
"I think the player got the captain's attention," he said.
Matsuyama missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 14th with a chance to cut the lead to a stroke. Moments later, Woods made a birdie putt on 14 to restore the three-stroke advantage.
Matsuyama cut the lead to two with a birdie on par-3 16th. On 18, his drive went into the bunker at the side of the fairway, and he hit into the greenside bunker before saving par.
Woods' approach at the par-5 18th found the greenside bunker, but he blasted to 10 feet out and made the birdie putt.
It was a wild debut for the PGA in Japan. Torrential rain washed out play Friday, forcing the second round to be moved to Saturday. To make up for the lost day, the players started the fourth round immediately after finishing the third to get in as many holes as possible.
The course took on more than 8 inches of rain Friday and was in remarkably good shape when play resumed Saturday for the second round. Woods got in 11 holes and played 29 holes Sunday before having to come back for a 7:30 a.m. start.
Baylor School graduate Keith Mitchell tied for 27th at 5 under, shooting a 71 in the third round and closing with a 67.
Jang outlasts Kang in LPGA Tour event
BUSAN, South Korea — South Korea's Ha Na Jang birdied the third playoff hole at the BMW Ladies Championship to beat Danielle Kang and deny the American what would have been her second straight LPGA Tour victory.
Both 27-year-old golfers parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff before moving to the 10th hole at LPGA Busan International, where Jang clinched with a tap-in putt after her 95-yard approach shot put the ball four feet from the cup.
Kang closed with a 64 and Jang had a 65 as they finished at 19-under 269 after 72 holes, with Amy Yang (67) three strokes out of the playoff in third and fellow South Koreans In Gee Chun (70) and Somi Lee (73) tied for fourth at 12 under.
Kang won last week in Shanghai, the first of four straight LPGA Tour events in Asia, for the third victory of her career. She birdied eight of her first 13 holes on Sunday in Busan, but Jang had an eagle and three birdies on the back nine, including on the par-4 17th, to join Kang at the top of the leaderboard.
On the first playoff hole, both players missed the 18th green, with Kang going over and Jang leaving her approach short. After two par saves, it was back to the 18th tee. Kang put her approach shot to 10 feet away, but her birdie putt hit the hole and lipped out.
On the third playoff hole, Kang's 20-foot birdie putt missed to the right before Jang finished off the win and raised her arms to the sky in celebration.
"I knew I had to make it," Kang said. "I read the line the way I wanted to read it and hit the speed I wanted to hit and I stroked it — and if it goes in, it goes in, and if it doesn't, it doesn't."
Jang is the second non-LPGA member to win this season, joining Women's British Open champion Hinako Shibuno of Japan. With her win, Jang is eligible for immediate LPGA Tour membership or can defer it to the 2020 season.
She played on the LPGA Tour from January 2015 to May 2017 and said she wanted to spend more time with her family when she rescinded her membership and returned to the Korean tour, where she has 12 career wins. This was her fifth LPGA victory and first since the 2017 Women's Australian Open.
With her tie for ninth in Busan, No. 1-ranked Jin Young Ko clinched player of the year honors. The 24-year-old South Korean has won four times in 2019, including major victories at the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship.
Brown breaks through on European Tour
VILAMOURA, Portugal — Steven Brown closed with a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory at the Portugal Masters, the first European Tour title for the 32-year-old Englishman.
In fourth place and three strokes off the lead after 54 holes on the Victoria Course at Dom Pedro Golf Resort, Brown finished at 17-under 267, with second placed shared by a pair of South Africans: third-round leader Brandon Stone, who closed with a 70, and Justin Walters (66).
France's Adrien Saddier (66) was fourth at 15 under, with England's Chris Paisley (64) another stroke back in fifth and one shot ahead of England's Eddie Pepperell (68) and South Korea's Jeunghun Wang (69). A six-way tie for eighth included England's Matt Wallace (69), who at No. 29 in the World Golf Ranking was the highest-rated player in the field.
Brown's 18-hole score improved each day, and he made par or better on each of his last 36 holes. His final round was highlighted by a trio of birdies — on the second, ninth and 11th holes — and an eagle on the par-5 12th.
"You just never know with this game," Brown said. "It's crazy to think how well I've played the last month (compared) to how bad it was the first two-thirds of the year. I never thought this was going to happen."