Rory McIlroy will enter the weekend at the WGC-HSBC Champions one shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick after both men carded five-under 67s in Shanghai.

World number two McIlroy started the day three strokes adrift of overnight leader Li Haotong, but he briefly had a two-shot lead on Friday after a run of four birdies in a row between the third and sixth.

Dropped shots at nine and 16, coupled with Fitzpatrick's blemish-free round, saw the Englishman – who made birdies at the final two holes – hit the front.

However, McIlroy ensured he will go into the weekend brimming with confidence after an eagle at the par-five 18th, where his remarkable approach shot left him with a two-foot putt.

McIlroy has not won on the European Tour since 2016 but has finished second seven times in that run.

"Delighted with the first two rounds," he said in quotes published on the European Tour's website.

"To put myself right in contention going into the weekend is something that I wanted to do.

"It's something that I haven't done a lot of over the last few weeks.

"I've sort of had bad starts and then clawed my way back into a good position at the end but to be right in the tournament after two days, I'm excited."

Fitzpatrick, who is 11 under par for the tournament after coming home in 32 on Friday, is bidding to record his first victory in 2019 after winning at least one European Tour tournament each year since 2015.

He is two strokes clear of Adam Scott, Im Sung-jae and defending champion Xander Schauffele, with Li and Victor Perez a shot further back after both men were unable to crack 70.

Scottie Scheffler surged into the Bermuda Championship lead with a nine-under-par 62 at Port Royal.

Scheffler – a three-time Texas state champion – is playing his fifth event on the PGA Tour and made a flying start at the inaugural tournament on Thursday.

The only blemish in Scheffler's round, which the 23-year-old began on the back nine, was a bogey at the ninth when he had a 60 in his sights.

Fellow American Wes Roach sat second after an opening-round 63, with Rob Oppenheim, Bo Hoag and Scotland's Russell Knox tied one shot further back.

Oppenheim was seven under through eight holes, but then parred his way home in Southampton Parish, Bermuda.

"It's kind of a dream start to come out here and birdie seven of the first eight," Oppenheim said. "Made a lot of putts. ... I didn't play much different, just the putter was hot one nine and kind of a little cold the last nine."

Li Haotong hit the front in the WGC-HSBC Champions as he carded an excellent 64 in the first round in Shanghai on Thursday.

Backed by home support, Li made seven birdies and an eagle as he claimed a one-shot lead over World Golf Championship debutant Victor Perez.

Having entered the event ranked 23 for the Race to Dubai, Li could be in contention to become Europe's number one heading into the final three events of the season.

"Today is a pretty good start and good beginning," said Li, who conceded he did not expect to have found his form so early in the event.

"So I don't want to think too much about it. I just want to focus and concentrate on the upcoming three days because anything can happen. I just wanted to do a good job to keep this momentum going for the next three days.

"I don't feel quite well with my status and my momentum because in the previous tournament, I wasn't really playing that well. But I never expected today, that I had such a great round today in day one."

Perez, who won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in September, finished on seven under par for the day, having recorded two eagles on his way to an impressive 65.

The Frenchman finished one shot ahead of four players - Matthew Fitzpatrick, Xander Schauffele, Im Sung-jae and Adam Scott - tied for third on six under, with Rory McIlroy among three players to finish on 67.

McIlroy started poorly, hitting two bogeys from his opening five holes, though he had looked to claw himself back with a birdie on the 16th.

A third bogey on the 18th set him back, but the world number two found his composure in the second half of his round - reeling off four successive birdies before the Northern Irishman picked up another shot on the eighth to put himself right in the mix.

Louis Oosthuizen claimed the highlight of day one, though. After reaching the turn with a bogey-free 35, the former Open champion hit a hole-in-one on the 197-yard sixth and finished the round inside the top 10.

Tiger Woods dropped a further hint he will participate in the Presidents Cup as a playing captain after his historic win at the Zozo Championship.

Woods tied Sam Snead's all-time mark of 82 PGA Tour wins when he posted a final-round 67 to finish three strokes ahead of Hideki Matsuyama at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba.

The 15-time major winner will lead the United States team at the Presidents Cup, the biennial matchplay event that takes place at Royal Melbourne on December 12-15.

Despite failing to secure one of the eight automatic spots on the team, Woods has previously said he is open to becoming the second playing captain in the event's history after successfully overcoming arthroscopic knee surgery.

The last captain to compete on the course was Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition back in 1994.

Asked after his Sunday triumph whether his performance might lead to a playing berth at the Presidents Cup, Woods smiled and said: "I think the player definitely got the captain's attention.

"Physically, I can't do any of the things I used to do. That's just the way it is. Four back surgeries and my body just can't do what it used to do, but I can certainly think my way around the golf course.

"The knee didn't allow me to rotate, and because of that it put more stress on my lower back and my hip. Now I'm able to clear a little bit better, I feel better, I'm able to hit shots that I know I can hit and this week was a good sign for the future."

Each team's four picks will be announced on November 4 and U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland, who played alongside Woods for the final two rounds in China, feels there is an obvious selection to be made.

"If he doesn't [pick himself], that’s dumb because right now it is hard to bet against that guy in anything, especially in matchplay," said Woodland, who is himself hoping to secure a pick.

"He's going to have a force whether he is playing or not but I would pick him."

Tiger Woods described his record-tying PGA Tour victory as "crazy" after reigning supreme at the Zozo Championship.

It was all about Woods in Japan, where the 15-time major champion claimed a historic 82nd Tour title on Monday to draw level with Sam Snead for the most victories all-time.

Woods posted a final-round 67 to win the rain-delayed inaugural tournament by three strokes ahead of Hideki Matsuyama at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba.

"It is just crazy. It is a lot," Woods said of the 82 career wins. "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."

Woods added: "Well, it's a big number. It's about consistency and doing it for a long period of time Sam did it into his 50s and I'm in my early to mid-40s. So it's about being consistent and doing it for a very long period of time.

"I've been very fortunate to have had the career I've had so far. To have won this tournament in Japan, it's just so ironic because I've always been a global player, always played all around the world and to tie the record outside the United States is pretty cool."

The 43-year-old Woods underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, having secured a remarkable Masters victory in April — his first major title in almost 11 years.

Woods made a spectacular return from career-threatening back injuries in 2018 by claiming the season-ending Tour Championship and the former world number one continued his rise back to the top of golf.

He returned to complete his final seven holes on Monday after darkness suspended the deciding round at the Zozo Championship, where he birdied his last hole to finished 19 under overall.

"I didn't really know I would come back and play at this level," Woods said. "But the fact that I could get down to read putts again, that's something I haven't been able to do in months. Something so subtle and simple like that, it makes a difference.

"The way I started out this week, who would've guessed that after bogeying the first three holes that I'd shoot the numbers I did. I made a few mistakes but they weren't bad. When I did get out of position, I put myself back in."

Tiger Woods has matched Sam Snead's record haul of 82 PGA Tour wins.

Woods ended an 11-year wait for his 15th major title by triumphing at Augusta National this year, and he started his 2020 PGA Tour season with yet another title.

Snead's mark of 82 PGA Tour victories has stood since 1965, but on his return from knee surgery the 15-time major champion moved onto the same total after triumphing by three shots at the Zozo Championship on Monday.

We take a look at Woods' 82 triumphs to date.

Las Vegas Invitational
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic

Mercedes Championships
GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
Motorola Western Open

BellSouth Classic

Buick Invitational
Memorial Tournament
Motorola Western Open
US PGA Championship
NEC Invitational
National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney
Tour Championship
American Express Championship

Mercedes Championships
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Bay Hill Invitational
Memorial Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open
US PGA Championship
NEC Invitational
Bell Canadian Open

Bay Hill Invitational
The Players Championship
Memorial Tournament
NEC Invitational

Bay Hill Invitational
U.S. Open
Buick Open
American Express Championship

Buick Invitational
Match Play Championship
Bay Hill Invitational
Western Open
American Express Championship

Match Play Championship

Buick Invitational
Ford Championship at Doral
The Open
NEC Invitational
American Express Championship

Buick Invitational
Ford Championship at Doral
The Open
Buick Invitational
US PGA Championship
Bridgestone Invitational
Deutsche Bank Championship
American Express Championship

Buick Invitational
CA Championship
Wachovia Championship
Bridgestone Invitational
US PGA Championship
BMW Championship
Tour Championship

Buick Invitational
Match Play Championship
Arnold Palmer Invitational
U.S. Open

Arnold Palmer Invitational
Memorial Tournament
AT&T National
Buick Open
Bridgestone Invitational
BMW Championship

Arnold Palmer Invitational
Memorial Tournament
AT&T National

Farmers Insurance Open
Cadillac Championship
Arnold Palmer Invitational
The Players Championship
Bridgestone Invitational

Tour Championship

Zozo Championship

Tiger Woods, who two years ago was unsure if he would ever play again because of injury, landed another big win on the PGA Tour to match Sam Snead's record of 82 titles.

After his emotional 2018 Tour Championship success and his stunning triumph at this year's Masters, where he landed a 15th major, Woods won again at the Zozo Championship in Japan.

Following Tiger's return to the top, Omnisport looks at some of the most stunning statistics from the 43-year-old's illustrious career.



Woods famously sits second in the list of men's major winners, edging to just three behind Jack Nicklaus' tally of 18 with his fifth Masters success earlier this year. Tiger has won the US PGA Championship on four occasions and boasts three successes at The Open and U.S. Open.


Sam Snead has long held the record for the most wins on the PGA Tour, but Woods has moved alongside his fellow American great, who died in 2002. Snead won titles in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, landing his last win on the tour at the age of 52.



Woods has topped the Official World Golf Ranking, which was introduced in 1986, for 683 weeks, more than double the time spent at number one by his nearest rival in this regard, Greg Norman (331 weeks). In eight years - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 - Tiger remained atop the rankings for all 52 weeks of the year. His stint as number one between June 2005 and October 2010 - a period of 281 weeks - is another record.



Woods came into the Zozo Championship with career earnings of $118,704,468 on the PGA Tour, a figure that will now rise even further. He has earned over $25million more than his nearest rival in this regard, Phil Mickelson.



Between 1998 and 2005, Woods made the cut in 142 consecutive PGA Tour events, comfortably surpassing the previous record streak of 113 held by Byron Nelson.



Woods' record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par at The Open was taken by Henrik Stenson in 2016, the Swede's 20-under total at Royal Troon one shot better than Tiger's winning mark at St Andrews in 2000. Woods still holds the joint-best winning score at the Masters, having finished 18 under in 1997. Jordan Spieth matched that effort in 2015.



In addition to being one of only five men, together with Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen, to have won golf's four majors since the introduction of the Masters in 1934, Woods held all four titles at once following his 2001 triumph at Augusta, which completed the much-vaunted 'Tiger Slam'. No player has ever won the four present majors in the same year

Tiger Woods made more history on Monday when he matched the great Sam Snead's record haul of 82 PGA Tour victories.

When Woods rolled in the winning putt at the Masters in April it was like reliving a bygone era, given it had been 11 years since the American's last major triumph.

There was considerable doubt whether Woods would ever challenge at the highest level again, as he sought to overcome career-threatening back injuries and a slump in form.

But he has shown he still has the game to land big titles, and by triumphing at the Zozo Championship in Japan, which drew a star-studded field, Woods moved level with Snead.

Here, we take a look at the timeline of Woods' dramatic, albeit largely injury-affected, fall and rise to becoming a major champion again.

September 2013 - Woods was named PGA Tour Player of the Year after winning five titles in 2013. He ended the year as world number one.

March 2014 - Underwent surgery to treat a pinched nerve and missed that year's Masters.

June 2014 - Returned to play the Quicken Loans National in June but missed the cut. He played The Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship but struggled at all three and ended the year ranked 32nd.

February 2015 - After withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods announced an "indefinite break" due to poor form, He had recently shot an 11-over-par 82 at the Phoenix Open.

April 2015 - Returned to play the Masters and showed signs of promise - finishing tied-17th after going five under par for the tournament.

September 2015 - Having missed the cut at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, the first time he had failed to make the weekend at back-to-back majors, Woods confirmed he had undergone a second major back surgery to correct a pinched nerve.

October 2015 - A month later, Woods underwent a follow-up procedure to his previous surgery to help relieve discomfort.

September 2016 - Woods filled the role of non-playing vice-captain in the United States' Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine.

December 2016 - After a 15-month absence, Woods finally made his comeback at the Hero World Challenge and placed 15th.

February 2017 - Having failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open a week previously, Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour ahead of the second round, with his agent citing back spasms.

April 2017 - Woods announced he would miss the Masters for a second year running, and later that month he underwent a fourth major surgery to help ease pain in his back and leg.

May 2017 - A humiliating mugshot of Woods was released after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods quickly explained the incident was due to "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications". He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving at a Palm Beach County courthouse.

July 2017 - Woods' inactivity led to him dropping out of world's top 1,000.

December 2017 - Made his latest comeback at the Hero World Challenge and finished tied-ninth, before showing good form at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational early in 2018.

July 2018 -  Finished three shots behind winner Francesco Molinari at The Open, having held the lead midway through the final round at Carnoustie.

August 2018 - Carded a 64 - his lowest final round in a major - on the last day of the US PGA Championship to claim second place, two shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.

September 2018 - Woods secured the Tour Championship at East Lake, his long-awaited victory coming after he was named by captain Jim Furyk as a wildcard pick for the US team to face Europe in the Ryder Cup at the end of the month.

April 2019  - Fourteen years after winning the Masters for a fourth time, Woods claimed a fifth green jacket and celebrated a 15th major victory, coming from behind to win such a title for the first time.

October 2019 - Woods landed more silverware in brilliant style in Japan, landing the Zozo Championship title by three shots in Japan. It gave him an 82nd PGA Tour title, equalling the record set by Snead.

Tiger Woods secured a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour crown after the 15-time major champion won the Zozo Championship in Japan on Monday.

American superstar Woods sealed an historic three-stroke win to draw level with Sam Snead for the most victories on Tour.

Woods carded a three-under-par 67 to finish 19 under overall, ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (67) at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

The 43-year-old underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, having secured a remarkable Masters success in April – his first major title in almost 11 years.

Woods made a spectacular return from career-threatening back injuries in 2018 by claiming the season-ending Tour Championship and the former world number one continued his rise back to the top of golf.

He returned to complete his final seven holes on Monday after darkness suspended the deciding round at the rain-delayed inaugural Zozo Championship in Chiba on Sunday.

Woods, who posted rounds of 64, 64, and 66 heading into the final 18 holes, carried a three-stroke lead at the start of the day and he maintained that advantage ahead of Matsuyama.

After playing his first 11 holes in two under, Woods returned to shoot a bogey and a birdie at the 12th and 14th, with another birdie at the last capping the Presidents Cup captain's position atop the leaderboard.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy (67) earned a share of third place alongside Im Sung-jae (65) at 13 under, two shots ahead of Billy Horschel (70), Corey Conners (70).

Justin Thomas signed off for his third successive round in the 60s – a 65 – to be tied for 16th with the likes of Patrick Reed (68) and Paul Casey (67), with Australian star Jason Day (68) a shot behind.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth's final-round 71 saw him finish five over and tied for 66th.

Steven Brown showed nerves of steel to claim his maiden European Tour title and retain his card with a one-shot victory at the Portugal Masters on Sunday.

The Englishman came into the final regular event of the season with work to do in order to keep his playing privileges and he clearly thrived on the pressure at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

Brown started the last day of the tournament three shots off the lead, but he ended it clutching the trophy after carding a five-under 66.

The world number 550 hit the turn in 33 and tapped in for a third birdie at the 11th hole before a sublime second shot at 12 set up an eagle, moving him into a share of second place with Justin Walters and just a shot behind Brandon Stone.

Brown made six consecutive pars after that eagle three and that was enough to win the event in Vilamoura, where he ended the week on 17 under.

"You just never know with this game," he said. "It's crazy to think how well I've played the last month to how bad it was the first two thirds of the year. I never thought this was going to happen. I was just counting down ready for Tour School to get my game ready for that.

"The last few weeks I've had a calmness in my head. Even today, I liked the fact that I had to go for it and I wasn't just trying to have a good result. That's probably the difference."

Walters bogeyed the last to miss out after also dropping a shot at 16, finishing in a share of second place with fellow South African Stone after also signing for a closing 66.

Stone began the day with a two-stroke advantage and increased that to three with a birdie at the second, but a bogey at six and another two on the back nine cost him the title as he signed off with a one-under 70.

Frenchman Adrien Saddier took fourth place on 15 under with a final round of 66, while Chris Paisley's brilliant 64 earned him fifth place.

Tiger Woods moved closer to a record-equalling win as he took a three-shot lead at the rain-delayed inaugural Zozo Championship.

Woods, who is aiming to draw level with Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories, carded 66 in another impressive display on Sunday to take him to 18 under par.

The American followed up with three birdies against a lone bogey in round four before bad light saw play suspended.

The 15-time major champion is three ahead of home hopeful Hideki Matsuyama, who in turn holds a healthy three-shot lead on Im Sung-jae and Gary Woodland, who managed 67 and 68 respectively.

Woods, making his first appearance since he underwent knee surgery in August, hit six birdies to keep himself ahead following a tricky start to Sunday's play.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, continued his revival from a dismal opening-round effort of 72 with an exceptional 63 – including an eagle on the 18th – to take him to 11 under par, with the Northern Irishman completing the top five heading into the final round.

Due to the inclement weather, players started their fourth rounds as soon as the third had finished, with Justin Thomas and Open Championship winner Shane Lowry both carding 65 before diminishing light in Chiba meant play had to be called off for the day.

Brandon Stone's third straight 66 saw him move two shots clear at the Portugal Masters heading into Sunday, as overnight leader Oliver Fisher endured a torrid start to the third round.

South African Stone sits at 15 under through 54 holes, having dropped just two shots en route to consecutive five-under rounds.

Stone had been two strokes back of Fisher at the start of the day but capitalised when the Englishman reached the turn in a desperate 38.

Fisher, who carded the European Tour's first 59 at Vilamoura in 2018, was slipping down the leaderboard at an alarming rate after three straight bogeys.

He pulled himself back into contention in a tie for second with four birdies in succession on the way back, somehow rescuing a 70.

But Stone's birdies at the 16th and 17th gave him some breathing space at the conclusion of the day's play.

"I hit the ball incredibly well today," he said. "The irons have really been in tip-top shape.

"It was really tricky, the pins are really tucked and I was very fortunate to hole a few putts on that back nine and really put together a nice score.

"I really feel just comfortable in my game and comfortable in my swing."

Fisher was level with another in-form South African Dean Burmester, who made a 65 - including an eagle at the five-par fifth.

Steven Brown went bogey-free to match Burmester's score for the day, sitting a shot further back.

Fisher was not the only player to suffer on Saturday, however, as both Jeunghun Wang and Justin Walters battled to par to stay on 11 under.

They were joined by George Coetzee - third at last week's Open de France - and Haydn Porteous, as South Africans accounted for five of the top eight.

A smiling Tiger Woods reflected on a strange crowd-free day after pulling clear of the field at the Zozo Championship in a rain-delayed second round.

Seeking an 82nd PGA Tour win, which would draw him level with the record tally of Sam Snead, 15-time major champion Woods carded a second successive 64 in Chiba to lead nearest challenger Gary Woodland by two.

Friday's play was washed out entirely by severe storms and there were no spectators in attendance on Saturday due to safety concerns following the massive downpours.

"This was a little bit different," acknowledged Woods with a grin. "You make a putt and go to put your hand up and it's like, 'Mmm, you really don't need to put your hand up, there's no one clapping.'"

Assessing his performance in round two, he added: "It was a little bit better ball-striking wise, still not quite how I'd like to have it, but I scored well. The conditions were a little bit more benign and I was able to post a good number. I hit a lot of good putts again."

Woods is playing his first tournament of the 2019-20 season following a nine-week break in which he had knee surgery.

His fitness will be tested on Sunday, when players are scheduled to complete the entire third round and a chunk of the final 18 holes before play concludes on Monday.

"It's going to be a long one - we're going to play it from sun up to sun down," said Woods, who will tee off at 8:30am local time.

"We're probably looking to get something like 27 holes in tomorrow [Sunday]. Hopefully I can play well and get myself right there."

Tiger Woods picked up where he left off in round one to lead a weather-affected Zozo Championship by two shots at the halfway point.

Heavy rain wiped out play in Inzai on Friday with all rounds pushed back a day, but Woods made a second successive six-under 64 to take a two-shot advantage over fellow American Gary Woodland.

The 15-time major champion went out in 33 at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club - which was closed to the public on safety grounds - on Saturday after starting with a birdie and picking up another shot at the seventh after a bogey at the second hole.

Woods moved to another level after the turn, with gains at 10, 11 and 13 before finishing with back-to-back birdies to go 12 under after his second round.

Woodland had started the day level with Woods and played a steady round before reeling off three birdies in a row to finish.

Keegan Bradley shot a sublime 63 to move eight under alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama at eight-under.

Corey Conners and Daniel Berger are five shots off the pace with two rounds to play.

The event will conclude on Monday after the second round was postponed due to heavy rain with round three pushed back to Sunday.

Oliver Fisher took a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Portugal Masters after a second successive 65 at Vilamoura.

Englishman Fisher carded the first 59 on the European Tour at the same Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in 2018 and has again showed fine form this week.

Having come into the tournament at a lowly 112th in the Race to Dubai rankings, Fisher responded well under pressure with a six-under-par showing in the first round, and he replicated that score to head into day three at the top of the leaderboard at 12 under par.

A pinpoint 231-yard long iron on the par-five 17th, setting up an eagle, was a highlight of his performance.

Fisher said: "The thing with golf is anything can happen, just as I proved last year. I'm on the same score as I was at this stage last year in this tournament. I shot 71-59 and this year I’ve shot two 65s."

He added, according to the European Tour website: "I'm pleased to hit 65, I’m looking forward to the weekend."

South African Justin Walters and South Korean Wang Jeung-hun sat in a tie for second on 11 under, one ahead of Brandon Stone, also of South Africa.

Eddie Pepperell, who has finished third and second at this event in the previous two years, had a fruitful day, carding 66 to share fifth place overnight with South African duo Darren Fichardt and Haydn Porteous.

Overnight leader Louis de Jager was among seven players tied for ninth after he carded a disappointing 72, nine shots worse than his first-round total.

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