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Tiger gave a big boost to Quicken Loans National ratings (and nearly every tournament he’s played this year)

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With respect to PGA Tour viewership, the Tiger Woods Effect remains in effect. Not that this should be surprising at this point, but it’s always interesting to see the numbers, right?

Sports Media Watch broke down the data, which shows 3.6 million people tuned in for the final round of the Quicken Loans National on CBS, a 2.3 rating. That’s an increase of 92 percent in ratings and 89 percent in viewership over last year.

The final round’s rating was the highest since Woods’ win at the tournament in 2012.

With respect to the third round, ratings were up 143 percent and viewership increased 129 percent.

Impressively, in the 20 rounds Woods has played on broadcast television, every round but one yielded an increase in both viewership and ratings (the lone exception: the tape-delayed final round of the Memorial).

Here’s the data for Woods’ starts this season (via Sports Media Watch).

Clearly, Woods is still a significant part of the PGA Tour “meal.” Heck, he’s a whole ‘nother course every time he tees it up; it’s just a question of whether that course is dessert (the Masters) or a second entree (pretty much everywhere else).

If we accept that a new ratings normal/baseline emerged in 2016 and 2017 when Woods was mostly out of action, then it seems logical to assume, in a post-Woods world, ratings will regress to that level. And while the PGA Tour is a sustainable enterprise absent Woods lifting all boats, data like the above shows just how eager all vested interests are for–to mix metaphors–the S.S. Woods to stay afloat as long as possible.

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  1. cinch bugs

    Jul 6, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Interesting stats for a guy who has no real pull on the sport anymore…

    • bebop a lula

      Jul 8, 2018 at 5:48 am

      I know I am certainly more inclined to watch Golf when TW is in the field, but I do watch an awful lot of golf either way!

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Former caddie Steve Williams raves about Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2019 Masters

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Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie, Steve Williams, has spoken in glowing terms concerning the 43-year-old’s latest victory at the Masters, a win which Williams believes will “re-energize” the sport.

The New Zealander, who was speaking to ESPN’S Bob Harig, admitted that though he doesn’t watch the sport regularly on TV anymore, he made an exception last weekend, and feels how his former boss’ victory at Augusta National will do wonders for the game.

“Now that Tiger has come right back there again, winning a major championship, possibly putting Jack’s (Nicklaus) record in play again … it just re-energizes the game . . .  It’s absolutely awesome.

He’s the only guy who can energize the game like that. All those kids who were watching had to think it was fantastic. And so what he’s done is a remarkable achievement. It’s so positive.”

Though Williams and Woods’ high profile split in 2011 was less than amicable, Williams credited the 15-time major champion’s “amazing achievement” in coming back from the point where he was on the verge of retiring to claim his fifth green jacket down to “pure guts and hard work.”

“Given the fact that two years ago he stated that he was unlikely to play competitive golf again, or was seriously doubting it – he wouldn’t just say that in jest, There would have been a lot of truth to it. For him to actually come back full cycle to win a major championship… it’s just an incredible story.

 It’s an amazing achievement of pure guts and hard work for him and just a true indication of what he is made of. It proves again what an amazing athlete he is. It’s just an amazing achievement.”

Williams also believes that the passing of golfing legend Arnold Palmer in 2016 had a significant impact on Woods, and while writing for the Australian site The Players Voice, the New Zealander stated

“I’m thinking that when Arnold passed away there was a realisation in Tiger that golf had lost a guy who was the most popular player ever. It was about a year after Arnold died that Tiger started his comeback after his back surgery and I think he may have decided that with his second chance he wanted to be remembered the way Arnold was remembered. I do think the passing of Arnie had a change in that respect.”

Steve Williams caddied for Woods between 1999 and 2011 and was on the 43-year-old’s bag for 13 of his 15 major championship victories.

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Couple to name son after Tiger Woods after husband wins a bet with his wife

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Tiger Woods’ victory at last week’s Masters had a significant impact in the sporting world, and its meaning will forever be remembered in the household of a Dallas couple who are set to name their child after the 15-time major champion.

Trey Little, a lifelong golf fan, drew up a contract the week of the tournament (as you do), which stated that “If Tiger Woods wins the Masters this week, I (father) get to have the option of naming our son (coming September 2019) Tiger Little.” which his wife, Denise, signed.

Speaking to the NY Post, Little talked about the reaction of his wife and himself when they realized that Woods was about to win the event last Sunday.

“On hole 18, we realized, ‘Wow, he’s really going to pull this thing off. This whole thing started almost as a joke, then it turned into something really real, really quick.”

The name may not be the easiest to live up to, but with the child’s middle name to be Julian, Trey has all the bases covered, joking “He could always go by T.J.”

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This incredible Tiger Woods supercut shows every shot of his 2019 Masters win

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A major championship tradition unlike any other in its own right: Michael David Murphy has outdone himself with his final-round supercut.

Instead of merely splicing together footage of the winner’s final 18 holes, the photographer and videographer went four-in-one, including all four of Woods’ 2019 Masters rounds in the same majestic frame.

You are a true artist, sir!

 

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