Tour Commissioner Says Woods Is Up There With DiMaggio’s 56-Game Streak & Phelps 23 Gold Medals Should He Break Snead’s 82-Wins.

PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan likens Tiger Woods goal should he break the all-time PGA wins of 82 by Sam Snead up there with baeball legend Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game winning streak of nearly 80-years ago and Michael Phelps achievement in capturing 23 Olympic swimming gold medals in four successive Olympic Games.

Monahan was interviewed on the Golf Channel during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and was asked his opinion of Woods ending a more than five-year victory absence with an emotional Tour Championship success and whether the now 43-old Woods can capture 83 or more Tour wins.

“I think Tiger’s return was one of the greatest storylines in sport last year,” said Monahan.

Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and Tiger Woods

“Of course, I am bias because I think it was THE greatest sports story of last year.   Personally, to see him health, happy and doing what he loves to do, and competing with these great players is a rearlly important time for our sport.

“But with 80 wins he is just two wins away from Sam Snead (82 PGA Tour victories) and when you look to this year, and you look to the future that persuit is in the same realm as DiMaggio’s 56-games innings streak, Michael Phelps 23 Olympic Gold medals.

“When you think about career accomplishments 82 wins out here and when you think how hard it is to get to this tournament (Sentry Tournament of Champions) every year, it is pretty special.”

Snead, who passed away in 2002, won 82 PGA Tour titles between success in the 1923 Virginia Closed Pro and his 82nd Tour success at the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.

DiMaggio (1914-1999) played his entire 13-year career with the New York Yankees and it was during the 1941 season that this son of Italian immigrants broke a record that still stands today with his 56-game winning streak.

The now retired Phelps became the most decorated gold medal winner in the history of the Summer Olympics first winning six gold medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a further four gold at the 2012 Olympics in London and then at age 31 he captured five gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Phelps won 13 gold medals in individual events and 10 in USA team competiton.


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