Tiger Woods tour wins debate sparked after Rory McIlroy triumph at Zurich Classic

At the Zurich Classic, Rory McIlroy secured his 25th PGA Tour victory; however, he now trails Tiger Woods, the joint-most successful player on the circuit, by an astounding 57 wins.

Former Tour star Brandel Chamblee believes that Rory McIlroy’s victory in the Zurich Classic with Shane Lowry shouldn’t be compared to his other 24 PGA Tour victories.

On Sunday, McIlroy won his 25th game on the PGA Tour when he and Lowry came together to triumph in an exciting playoff at TPC Louisiana. The Northern Irishman’s victory is significant because it puts him on top of the all-time winners list, surpassing players like Dustin Johnson and Gary Player, with his quarter-century total.

Although McIlroy’s victory in New Orleans is his first team title, Chamblee thinks this should be recorded separately on the four-time major champion’s resume.

The Golf Channel analyst posted on X, saying, “Team wins ought to be classified separately from “tour wins.” When a golfer’s total tour wins are listed, the majority of fans, if not ALL of them, believe that the player has won “individual” matches. The legendary Tiger Woods, who shares first place among PGA Tour winners with 82 victories, was then brought into the discussion by Chamblee.

Sam Snead and Woods both own the record, but Chamblee feels that Woods should be given the honor outright because Snead’s resume includes five team titles. “Of his 82 victories, Sam Snead has five team victories, while Tiger has zero team victories.

Therefore, may I ask you who has ever won the most tour events? It’s Tiger. But McIlroy will undoubtedly count his victory in Zurich among his other 24 victories, making him the 26th player in PGA Tour history to accomplish the feat. It was his first victory since October 2022 and his first on the PGA Tour in nine months.

During the discussion, McIlroy claimed that winning a team championship with Lowry as a close friend made it even more memorable. After the tournament, he remarked, “I think, yeah, to win any PGA Tour event is very cool.” We’ve known each other for a very long time, so it seems strange to do it with one of your closest friends.

It’s been probably more than 20 years, so reflecting on how and where we met, as well as our shared history, makes us feel like we’ve been on a really amazing journey. It’s also amazing to be able to do this with this guy. The two have a history of working together; in 2021, they were teammates for Ireland at the Olympics.

Following McIlroy’s remarks, Lowry repeated the sentiments of his fellow winner. It’s incredible “said he. We wanted to start our summer off right since we have a lot of big golf coming up, so we both felt like we needed to come in here and maybe have a very strong week. It would be pleasant to receive the FedExCup boost that we both desired.

“Winning is nice, it’s great.” Everything about the week was just fantastic, and it was a lot of fun. Having this man by my side has been an absolute pleasure, and I’ve loved every minute of it. You should have seen the drive he made up the 18th and 72nd holes. When he’s acting in that way, it’s rather simple to play golf from there to me.

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