With his win at the AT&T National tournament at the Congressional Country Club on Sunday, Tiger Woods passed Jack Nicklaus on the all-time wins list. That places the 36-year-old Woods in second place with 74 victories. He is still behind Sam Snead, who racked up 82 wins during his career.
The only difference is that Snead’s wins came over a 30 year career, Nicklaus’ came in a span of 25 years. Tiger is only in the 17th year of his career, and has a great chance of taking the all-time wins title before he is through.
Tiger closed with a 2 under par performance on Sunday, shooting a 69 on the final day of the tournament. Tiger’s 72 hole score was 8 under par, beating Bo Van Pelt by two strokes.
“It feels fantastic. It feels great to get to 74 wins and obviously pass Jack,” Woods told reporters during the trophy presentation. “I’ve had a pretty good career and to do it at 36, I feel like I have a lot of years ahead of me. I feel like I’ve got a lot more ahead of me.”
Woods, could be officially back on top of his game after winning three of his last seven starts. His last wins came from the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament. It has still been four years since his last major win, and he performed poorly at this year’s Masters. But right now he is ranked four in the world, and is confident he is getting his swing back.
“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. That was, I think, what, four months ago and here we are,” he told AP. “It was just a matter of time. I could see the pieces coming together. (Coach) Sean and I were working, and we see what’s coming, and we can see the consistency, and it’s just a matter of time.”[source: Rueters lead image: TigerWoods.com – Getty]