Woods posts 82nd victory

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    CHIBA, Japan. — Tiger Woods’ peers have learned over the years never to be surprised at anything he accomplishes and are braced for a further onslaught from the greatest player of their era, and perhaps any era.

    After months of mediocrity following his 15th major title at the Masters in April, Woods emerged from metaphorical hibernation to match Sam Snead’s record 82 wins on the PGA Tour on Monday.

    His three-stroke victory at the Zozo Championship, in his first start after knee surgery two months ago, seemingly came out of nowhere, proving once again that quality never goes out of style.

    At 43, Woods does not hit the ball as far as many of his current rivals, but has found a way to win without overpowering a course in the manner of his prime.

    “It never ceases to amaze really,” 2013 Masters champion and former world No. 1 Adam Scott told Reuters, noting the roller coaster that Woods has been on this year. – Reuters