The 43-year-old Woods tweeted Sunday that it was an honor to be tied with fellow American Snead for the most wins.
“Thanks Mom and Pop and everyone who helped make this possible … to do this in Japan is something I’ll never forget. It’s been an awesome year,” he tweeted.
The 43-year-old Woods clinched a stunning 15th major title in April, 11 years after his last, when he won a fifth Masters green jacket at August.
It was a triumphant return for the former world No. 1, whose career at the highest level appeared to be over during a long struggle with back injuries which led to spinal fusion surgery in 2017.
“If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have given you a different answer, but certainly the future looks brighter than it has,” Woods said after his win.
“The body can’t do what it used to but I can still think my way around the golf course.
“I know how to play and I was able to do that this week. There was a time if I didn’t know if I would play again so I am very appreciative.”
However, Woods admitted the Masters win took a toll physically and mentally, and his ailing body continued to hamper him during the season.
After failing to qualify for this year’s Tour Championship, he then took two months off for knee surgery before returning to take part in a made-for-TV event with Matsuyama, McIlroy and Australian Jason Day in Japan ahead of his first PGA Tour start of the 2020 season.
Woods lies three majors adrift of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles. Nicklaus was 46 when he won his final major, a sixth Masters title at Augusta, while Snead was 52 when he won his 82nd PGA Tour title.
The Zozo Championship, played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, was the first PGA Tour event ever played in Japan.
CNN’s Kevin Dotson contributed to this report.