Could Tiger Woods catch or pass Snead's win tally at Greenbrier in 2013?
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Could Tiger Woods catch or pass Snead’s win tally at Greenbrier in 2013?

With his 74th PGA Tour win at the AT&T National on Sunday, Tiger Woods passed Jack Nicklaus for second alone on the all-time wins list. Woods now only looks up at Sam Snead and his 82 wins for the career record.

Woods caught Nicklaus at his Memorial Tournament in June and, with the March victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, has wins at a trio of events hosted by the game's living legends. Though Slammin' Sammy has passed, it's conceivable Woods could catch Snead at The Greenbrier Classic in 2013 or 2014.

Woods is playing in The Greenbrier Classic for the first time this week. He had intended to play there a year ago in a return from an injury first aggravated at the Masters, but Woods' doctors recommended he not.

Snead, a West Virginia native, was the pro there beginning in 1944 and the first golf pro emeritus at the White Sulphur Springs resort from 1993 until his death in 2002. Tom Watson became succeeded him in 2005. The resort is one of few on the PGA Tour schedule with such a connection to the legend.

The 14-time major winner is having a 2012 practically mirroring his 2009 campaign, where he won six times, including these same three events to start the year. If Woods won another three times in 2012, he would need five more wins to catch Snead, six to pass.

That would open the possibility for Woods to match or set a new all-time mark at this tournament in 2013. If Woods, a student of the game's history, could not get the job done at Greenbrier in 2013, might he consider a trip to the Wyndham Championship? Snead won  the Greensboro, N.C., event eight times, including at age 52 in 1965.

Woods could also match another of Snead's records later this year. He has won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (and Arnold Palmer Invitational) seven times. An eighth win would tie Snead's Greensboro record for most victories at a single PGA Tour event.

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