Greg Norman has claimed Tiger Woods is yet to respond to his letter of congratulations for winning the Masters in April.

Woods returned to the pinnacle of golf when he clinched a fifth triumph - and first in 14 years - at Augusta, taking his haul of major titles to 15.

Former world number one Norman, who won The Open in 1986 and 1993, stated he delivered a handwritten message to the 43-year-old, who resides close to the Australian in Jupiter, Florida.

However, Norman says he never received a response from Woods.

"I'm going to draw on my experience of the past in terms of what Jack Nicklaus did for me, what Arnold Palmer did for me, where there was that respect handed off from the generation before you," Norman said in an interview with Men's Health magazine.

"It's a code of conduct in a lot of ways. Very few people know this, when Tiger won the Masters this year, I wrote him a handwritten note and drove down my road, maybe a quarter of a mile, and hand-delivered it to his guard at his gate.

"I said, 'Hey, this is Greg Norman here. I've got a note for Tiger – can you please hand-deliver it to him?'

"Well, I never heard a word back from the guy. When I won my first major championship, Jack Nicklaus was the first person to walk down out of the TV tower and congratulate me.

"I don't know, maybe Tiger just dislikes me. I have no idea. I've never had a conversation with him about it.

"I've always been respectful about what his father did for him. I played nine holes with him at his father's and IMG's request when Tiger was 14 or 15 and I was the number one player in the world, to give an assessment of this kid. So, I have always been willing."

After returning from knee surgery, Woods matched Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories with success at the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan.

Phil Mickelson dropped out of the Official World Golf Rankings' (OWGR) top 50 on Monday, after almost 26 years in the sport's upper echelon.

He first entered the rankings in 1988 and made his debut in the top 50 five years later, producing the consistency to remain there for over a quarter of a century.

However, the first full week of November begins with Mickelson on the outside looking in, as he is now ranked 51 in the world.

Still, his remarkable spell in the top 50 is a testament to his longevity and staying power, and here we look at some of the key numbers from his incredible run.

 

5 - Mickelson has won five major titles, three of which have come in the Masters at Augusta, where he prevailed in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

47 - The 49-year-old has claimed a total of 47 victories in his career that count towards his OWGR. 

670 - Mickelson has competed in 670 OWGR-eligible tournaments in his career.

214 - He has finished in the top 10 in 31.9 per cent of those starts. In total Mickelson has 214 OWGR top-10s to his name.

774 - Mickelson spent 774 weeks inside the world's top 10 in an 18-year spell from 1996 to 2014.

269 - Mickelson spent a cumulative 269 weeks at second in the rankings. The man at number one in every time was Tiger Woods.

1,353 - With nearly 26 years in the top 50, Mickelson has been in the sport's upper echelon for 1,353 consecutive weeks.

Some of Phil Mickelson's rivals were not even born the last time he was outside the top 50 in the world rankings.

The American spent almost 26 years among the leading half-century of players before dropping out on Monday.

Mickelson was in the top 50 for 1,353 weeks from November 28, 1993 - the longest streak since the introduction of the official rankings in 1986.

The struggling 49-year-old fell to 51st after finishing in a share of 28th at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday.

Mickelson said following his final round "It was a good run. Unfortunately, the last eight months I played terribly and have fallen out. But I'll get back in there."

Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Sung-jae Im - all ranked higher than Mickelson - had not come into the world when the five-time major champion first cracked the top 50.

 

Brendon Todd shot a stunning final-round 62 to claim only the second PGA Tour win of his career at the inaugural Bermuda Championship.

The American, who lost his tour card in 2016, started Sunday's round in Southampton two shots behind compatriot Harry Higgs but pulled four strokes clear by the finish.

Todd's only blemish on a fine scorecard came at the last hole, but an eye-catching streak of seven consecutive birdies in an inspired front-nine showing had already put him in prime position for his first title since 2014.

It denied Higgs what would have been his maiden PGA Tour success, the 27-year-old coming up short despite an eagle at the 17th.

Todd finished 24 under for the week and his fourth-round score matched the nine-under effort of Scottie Scheffler on day one.

An all-American top six was rounded out by a quartet of players on 18 under, with Scheffler joined by Hank Lebioda, Aaron Wise and Brian Gay.

Rory McIlroy came out on top in a play-off with Xander Schauffle to win the WGC-HSBC Champions and complete a historic hat-trick in Shanghai.

Four-time major champion McIlroy birdied the first extra hole to dethrone defending champion Schauffle at Sheshan International Golf Club on Sunday.

McIlroy's dramatic triumph made him the first European to win three World Golf Championship titles and took his tally of tournament victories this year to four.

The Northern Irishman started the day with a one-shot advantage and that is how he finished it after carding a bogey-free four-under 68, before a magnificent approach shot got him on the green in two on a second trip down 18.

FedEx Cup champion McIlroy missed a putt for an eagle, but his fifth birdie of the day was enough to win the tournament for the first time.

Schauffle, winner of a play-off at this event last year, birdied 18 to card a closing six-under 66 and join McIlroy on 19 under, but his tee shot in the play-off found thick rough at the side of a bunker and he me missed a birdie putt from 12 feet after having to lay up.

The American, suffering with the flu all week, reeled off three birdies in a row after a bogey at six to hit the turn in 32, trailing McIlroy by just a shot.

McIlroy was two strokes in front with four to play but gains at 15 and the last kept Schauffle in the hunt to defend his title before falling just short.

Louis Oosthuizen finished in third spot on 17 under after a three-under final round of 69, having been joint-leader with McIlroy when he drained a birdie putt at the eighth.

Dropped shots at nine and 11 cost the South African, while Matthas Schwab and Victor Perez finished with magnificent rounds of 66 to share third place along with Abraham Ancer.

Harry Higgs shot 65 for the second round in a row to move two clear of the chasing pack at the Bermuda Championship.

The American shared the overnight lead with compatriots Brendon Todd and Scott Scheffler, but a 67 and 69 respectively from that pair left Higgs alone at the summit.

Sitting on 17 under overall, Higgs' nearest rival is Todd, with Brian Gay and Bo Hoag three strokes behind the leader.

Higgs will head into Sunday having dropped just one shot all week as he seeks a maiden PGA Tour title in Southampton.

The 27-year-old's sole blemish came on the 14th hole on Saturday but he rallied to birdie two of the last three.

Hoag's 64 was the lowest round of the day.

Brendon Todd birdied the last four holes to surge to a share of the lead with Harry Higgs and Scott Scheffler after Round Two of the Bermuda Championship.

Todd found form late in the day to shoot an eight-under 63 which closed the gap on Higgs (65) and Scheffler, whose course-record 62 gave him a lead after the first round.

Three players are tied at 10-under par in an evenly contested Bermuda Championship with Boo Weekley, Aaron Wise and Wes Roach all a shot off the pace.

But the day belonged to Todd, whose only previous PGA Tour title was at the Byron Nelson Championship in 2014, and he said the course was treating him well at the midway point.

"It's one of the shorter ones we play on the tour and it forces everyone to the hit the ball with the same clubs off the tee," he said.

"The good thing about that is I'm hitting the same clubs into the greens and for some reason that tends to work in my favour. The course is good for me, for my game, and I've been swinging well."

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."

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.

1996
Las Vegas Invitational
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic

1997
Mercedes Championships
Masters
GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
Motorola Western Open

1998
BellSouth Classic

1999
Buick Invitational
Memorial Tournament
Motorola Western Open
US PGA Championship
NEC Invitational
National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney
Tour Championship
American Express Championship

2000
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

2001
Bay Hill Invitational
The Players Championship
Masters
Memorial Tournament
NEC Invitational

2002
Bay Hill Invitational
Masters
U.S. Open
Buick Open
American Express Championship

2003
Buick Invitational
Match Play Championship
Bay Hill Invitational
Western Open
American Express Championship

2004
Match Play Championship

2005
Buick Invitational
Ford Championship at Doral
Masters
The Open
NEC Invitational
American Express Championship

2006
Buick Invitational
Ford Championship at Doral
The Open
Buick Invitational
US PGA Championship
Bridgestone Invitational
Deutsche Bank Championship
American Express Championship

2007
Buick Invitational
CA Championship
Wachovia Championship
Bridgestone Invitational
US PGA Championship
BMW Championship
Tour Championship

2008
Buick Invitational
Match Play Championship
Arnold Palmer Invitational
U.S. Open

2009
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Memorial Tournament
AT&T National
Buick Open
Bridgestone Invitational
BMW Championship

2012
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Memorial Tournament
AT&T National

2013
Farmers Insurance Open
Cadillac Championship
Arnold Palmer Invitational
The Players Championship
Bridgestone Invitational

2018
Tour Championship

2019
Masters
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.

 

MAJOR WINS

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.

PGA TOUR WINS

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.

 

MOST WEEKS AT WORLD NUMBER ONE

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.

 

CAREER EARNINGS ON PGA TOUR

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.

 

CONSECUTIVE CUTS

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.

 

RECORD SCORES IN MAJORS

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.

 

CAREER GRAND SLAM WINNER

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.

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.

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