GRAND BLANC, Mich. – The red shirt was familiar, and so was the result. Tiger Woods won his 50th PGA Tour title Sunday, shooting his fourth-straight 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Jim Furyk in the Buick Open.
Woods reached a season-low 24 under Sunday and made a career-high 28 birdies in the tournament, holding off Furyk â€” who closed with a 64 â€” for his fourth win of the year and a check of $864,000.
Woods became the seventh member of the PGA Tour’s 50-win club after improving to 21-for-21 when leading by more than one stroke after three rounds. The 30-year-old Woods beat Jack Nicklaus’ record pace to the milestone, which Nicklaus reached in 1973 at the age of 33.
Woods, coming off his emotional victory in the British Open, will get a chance to win his 12th major in two weeks at the PGA Championship in suburban Chicago, where the superstar hopes to close in on the record he covets: Nicklaus’ 18 major championships.
That’s 50 wins by Tiger in a little under ten years since he began playing on the tour.
I think Tiger will break Nicklaus’ record of 18 professional major championships. My guess is he’ll end up with a major championship total somewhere in the low 20′s. That’s unless a major illness or injury sidetracks Tiger. Woods’ dominance at Augusta is so strong I could see him having 10 victories there before he is over with.
Can Tiger break Sam Snead’s all-time record for wins of 82? I predict Tiger will win over 90 times before being done. Maybe even break 100. What do you think?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. We can always check back in 20 years and see if I was right or wrong.
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