Former major winner and fellow American Paul Azinger has backed Tiger Woods to break Sam Snead’s record and become the PGA Tour’s most successful player.
Woods, who finished in a share for 10th place at the WGC-Mexico Championship last week, currently sits on 80 career wins heading into the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week, two off Snead’s all-time record.
The 43-year-old enjoyed a remarkable return to the professional game last year, winning his first event in five years at the Tour Championship in September.
Woods also competed in the Ryder Cup under Jim Furyk, however, Woods failed to win a single point for Team USA.
Now an analyst on NBC, Azinger, talking to PGA Tour’s official website, heaped praise on Woods and backed him to break Snead’s record if he can stay fit.
If Tiger’s healthy – assuming no more injuries – 100 percent. That’s what I think. If he gets hurt, it could go right to zero.
There’s just no way if he’s healthy enough that he won’t… break that record.
However, Azinger, who won the PGA Championship in 1993, then went on to add how he isn’t sure if Woods will ever surpass Jack Nicklaus’ major record of 18.
The major record, that’s a whole ‘nother animal. But the all-time wins list, I think he’s going to get that. I hope he does it at one of our tournaments.
He’s just adding to his legend, he’s adding to history. Tiger is a living, breathing walking miracle.
Top five most career wins on the PGA Tour
5. Arnold Palmer – 62 wins
Palmer claimed 62 wins on the tour in 18 years. ‘The King’ picked up his first win in 1955, with his last coming in 1973.
4. Ben Hogan – 64 wins
Hogan is also fourth on the all-time list for major championships won, with the American claiming nine during his career. One of the all-time greats, Hogan won his first event on the tour in 1938 and last in 1959.
3. Jack Nicklaus – 73 wins
The all-time major record holder won 73 times on the tour. Nicklaus, who won 18 major championships, claimed his first tour win in 1962, with his last coming in 1986.
2. Tiger Woods – 80 wins
Woods won his first event on the tour in 1996, with the American’s last coming back in September at the Tour Championship.
1. Sam Snead – 82 wins
Snead, who also won seven majors, claimed his first victory on the tour back in 1936, with his last coming in 1965.