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Still think Tiger Woods doesn’t “move the needle?” Check out the TV ratings from Sunday…



Spend about two minutes on “golf Twitter” and you’ll read one of these two responses: “Who cares about Tiger?” or “How about they show someone else other than Tiger, I don’t need to see him blowing his nose!”

Well, Golf Channel’s PR company Tweeted out the TV ratings from Sunday at the Valspar Championship, and they explain all that the Tiger detractors need to know.

To put things in more perspective, Ryan Lavner tweeted out the ratings from the 2017 majors.

So, basically, the final round of the 2018 Valspar Championship was rated higher than every major in 2017 aside from the Masters, and it was the highest-rated non-major golf event since the 2013 Players Championship, which Tiger Woods happened to win. It’s all eyes on Tiger, and he’s playing again this week at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where’s he’s won eight times.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. J Jackson

    Apr 6, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Quite right, when woods isn’t there neither are his fans, in person or watching on television. When they returned so did their misbehavior; on balance golf is better when woods and his fan base are absent.

  2. The Taint

    Mar 14, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I would rather watch bowling than Tiger.

  3. moses

    Mar 13, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Someone wrote that back in the 1970’s more people watched professional bowling than professional golf. Golf wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for Tiger Woods.

  4. B40

    Mar 13, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Golf media outlets just don’t seem to have an exit strategy for the eventual end of Tiger’s career. Instead, they just milk the cash-cow for everything they can, while they still can. It’s great for immediate returns, but they don’t seem to recognize that the general public not caring about golf unless Tiger is playing can be problematic long-term – especially since there are multiple reports of interest in golf dwindling. So, to me anyway, these aren’t numbers we should be proud of as hardcore golf fans, whether you love the guy or not. Ultimately, golf will create its own post-Tiger dark ages that it will try to get through by giving us trackman data and slow motion swing analyses of his ceremonial tee shots up until he’s 102 years old.

    • Jerry

      Mar 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Acting as if there is a strategy to replace a once in a lifetime talent is admirable, but the only way to replace a lifetime talent is with another to lifetime talent to replace him.

      • B40

        Mar 13, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        I do agree. And these enormous talents are never removed from conversations entirely. The next great one that does finally come along will be prone to the same media over-saturation and comparisons to greats from the past. I guess it’s a cycle that golf (and all sports) has gone through forever – long before my interest in the game, and probably long after.

    • kevin

      Mar 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      There is a big difference between ‘golf is dying without tiger’ and ‘industry revenues are at all time highs with tiger’.

      when tiger finally decides to call it quits there will no doubt be a decline in revenues, ratings, people playing golf, etc….but this is because when a once in a lifetime athlete that drives the market to new highs quits, the market has no where to go but down. but it will still be a healthy market and a better market after having tiger.

      if you want to look at a sport that is truly dying look to NASCAR

      • JThunder

        Mar 13, 2018 at 9:23 pm

        “There is a big difference between ‘golf is dying without tiger’ and ‘industry revenues are at all time highs with tiger’.”

        A million MBAs just cringed. You’re correct, of course, in a more balanced and intelligent world. But in today’s world, you’re either #1 by a length, or you’re dead. TV shows can have millions of viewers and considered “failures”. A Tour Pro can make millions of dollars every year but lacking a win considered “nobody”.

        The vast majority of people would be living a fantasy to earn what a non-winning middlin’ tour pro makes. The vast majority of businesses would be ecstatic to have the profits the golf OEMs were making in the “dark days” before, between and after Tiger.

        But today, if you’re now growing every year, doubling profits for your shareholders, you’re failing.

  5. acew/7iron

    Mar 13, 2018 at 8:32 am

    He moves it but 2nd will not cut the mustard over the long haul and eventually the gallery will shrink around him if he does not become the HOF player he once was…

    The PGA knows he needs a win to be considered fully TW again and I for one think that it will be much harder to come by than most think esp after Sundays 2nd place finish.

    • Eric Klebanski

      Mar 13, 2018 at 9:02 am

      Tiger moves my needle if you know what I mean! hehe. I want Tiger to put all of his mustard on my face…@mustardmeup

  6. TexasSnowman

    Mar 12, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Tiger is an all-time great and people are drawn to watch when he plays. I don’t care if you dislike his personal decisions, etc, etc. Watching Tiger live (or on tv) is as close as most of us will ever get to seeing Hogan, Jones, Snead,

  7. George lee

    Mar 12, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Redemption similar to “Hancock” movie.

  8. JJVas

    Mar 12, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I wouldn’t think anyone doubts he moves the needle. I would say that many, many golfers don’t care that he moves the needle. I’m going to play and watch either way, so if Tiger never existed, my golf life wouldn’t be different at all… maybe less courses open and close, but that’s about it.

  9. dat

    Mar 12, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    queue the haters

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It’s the Ardmore! Woods begins Quicken Loans National with TaylorMade putter in the bag



If you had a bet going with your buddies that there was no way Tiger Woods would depart from his beloved 13 major-winning Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS this week, you lose.

Woods started the first round of the Quicken Loans National with the TaylorMade Ardmore 3 he has been practicing all week with at TPC Potomac.

Adam Schupak spotted Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, on the way to the first tee for Woods’ 1:20 ET start time with the camo TaylorMade putter cover in the bag (not surprisingly, the TaylorMade Ardmore 3 was beneath the cover).

Woods has struggled with the putter this season, as we’re all well aware, particularly since the Memorial. No. 89 on Tour in strokes gained: putting, the 14-time major champion knew he had to do something.

“I’m trying to find something that I can feel again, like the swing of the putter, getting my body in the right positions and seeing the lines again,” Woods said. “You know, it’s just one of those things, once I start to get the ball rolling on my lines, then I’ll be back to putting like I was. I just have not been rolling it on my lines. And then on top of that, when they don’t roll on lines, then I have a hard time seeing my lines and it’s a vicious cycle. And I’m just trying to get out of that cycle.”

Woods reportedly tried a number of TaylorMade putters in the Bahamas last week, arriving (as far as we know) at the Quicken Loans National with just the Ardmore and his Newport to choose between.

He has made his choice for the first round. We’ll see how it pans out and whether Woods remains a mallet man all week.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open



Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills



GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).


Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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