September 3 2012
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods didn’t get the 75th victory of his PGA TOUR career. But he did reach an impressive milestone Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
By finishing in solo third place, Woods becomes the first golfer to win $100 million in career earnings.
Asked after his round about reaching that mark, Woods offered a perspective – he still hasn’t won as many career events as Sam Snead, who won a record 82 TOUR events.
“I've won fewer tournaments than Sam Snead has,” Woods said. “Obviously he was in a different era. It's just that we happened to time it up right and happened to play well when the purses really had a nice spike up.”
Obviously, Woods contributed to that spike. And at times this week, he showed flashes of his dominant play – a 7-under 64 in the opening round, a 4-under start on the front nine on Sunday. Finishing 18 under for the tournament and just two strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy is nothing to sneeze at. He started the week third in FedExCup points and remains in that position going into Thursday’s BMW Championship.
“My game is starting to come around,” Woods said. “I'm pleased with the progress I made this week and really pleased with the way I rolled it. I hit so many good putts all week long, so that's a positive.”
Woods said his target score on Monday was to get to 20 under. He was halfway there after shooting 32 on the front side, but he couldn’t manage another birdie until the par-5 18th. Still he played bogey-free golf; in fact, he was a collective 8 under in the final two days at TPC Boston with just one bogey.
“I certainly had my looks,” Woods said. “I drove it really well on the back nine and just didn't hit it close enough at all. The only one I stuffed there was at 17, I missed that one. The goal was to at least get to 20 playing the last hole and give myself an option to go 21 or 22. I thought that might be good enough to get into a playoff.”