Tiger Woods held off the challenge of home favourite Hideki Matsuyama to win a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour title on Sunday.
Weather had disrupted the tournament – the first scheduled PGA Tour event to be held in Japan – but consistency proved the key for Woods at Narashino Country Club.
The American’s three-shot victory over Japan’s Matsuyama was all the sweeter for the 15-time major winner, as he moved level with Sam Snead in the all-time PGA rankings.
Woods had a three-shot lead to defend over the final seven holes as the tournament was completed on Monday morning following Friday’s washout.
The 43-year-old bogeyed the 12th before recovering with a birdie on the 14th, but a missed birdie putt on the 15th gave Matsuyama an opening.
Matsuyama birdied the 16th to move within two shots but a missed birdie on the 17th. That gave Woods some breathing space and he responded with a birdie four on the last and claim the title.
Woods said: “This is big. Hideki made it tight. It was a lot closer than people maybe thought.
“It is just crazy. It is a lot.
“I have been able to be consistent most of my career and have put myself up there with a chance to win on a number of occasions. There was plenty of times I didn’t but today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out.
“It was definitely stressful.”
The R&A, which oversees The Open, confirmed after weeks of speculation that it would not be possible to hold the world’s oldest major.
The PGA Championship, the US Open and the Masters have all been rescheduled while Yorkshire have placed their players and cricket staff on furlough.
The Open was due to have taken place at Royal St George’s from July 12-19.
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