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PNC ratings show how much Tiger Woods moves the needle

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In the week of Tiger overload, it was always going to be interesting how his appearance at the PNC Championship had ultimately affected viewing figures, and yet again, he didn’t let golf down.

Per Sports Media Watch and NBC, coverage of the father/son/daughter/sibling competition averaged a 1.4 Nielsen rating and 2.34 million viewers on NBC Saturday and a 1.3 and 2.24 million on Sunday — the two highest-rated and most-watched viewings of the event since returning to the schedule in 2012.

Compared to last year’s running, won by Justin and Mike Thomas, Saturday’s viewing figures were up by over 50%, and by threefold in 2019 (665k) whilst Sunday’s concluding round, in competition with the NFL, was watched by circa 750k more than in 2020.

Even Friday’s pro-am was watched by around 326,000, suggesting that no matter how much social media some golfers might dominate, there is still only one major draw in the sport.

Not only that, but per CBS’ Kyle Porter, the PNC Championship had more viewers than The Open Championship, which, even taking into account the timezone of the Open, is quite incredible.

Injured for 10+ months maybe, but golf fans still hang on every drive the GOAT makes.

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  1. Mike

    Dec 24, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    The balls he is using are rigid. They are illegal.

    • Mike

      Jan 5, 2022 at 7:18 pm

      Seriously? And no one’s caught on yet, right?

  2. Jack Nash

    Dec 22, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve watched that Tourney for years, long before Tiger was a father. I enjoy the family atmosphere the Pros have with their kids. I’ll always watch it.

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Symetra pro shares eye-opening detail about financial hardships on feeder tour

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Over the past few months, we have seen several social media posts from players currently playing at feeder tour level, with many highlighting the disparity between pay at the very top and the potential loss of taking part in development tours.

On New Years Day, six-time professional winner Meghan Maclaren took to Twitter to highlight her real-life example of life on the Symetra/development tours.

The 27-year-old is no stranger to posting her thoughts, with her regular blog an excellent insight into many things golf and beyond, but this posting set up an uninvited debate with the usual anonymous tweets interspersed with understandably supportive comments from her fellow ‘feeder’ players.

The initial comment was itself quite innocuous, detailing the importance of financial help throughout a career, even one with a couple of LET victories in the bank and a 2021 victory on the Symetra Tour, the main pathway to the LPGA.

In the two tweets, Maclaren thanks her sponsors and team for support, highlighting the ‘VERY unselfish coaches and next to no caddie all year.’

Prefacing the tweet with the comment ‘*not looking for sympathy or a debate about feeder tours, just thought interesting to share’ she makes note of the fact that even after a win, two top-10s and a pair of top-15 finishes she would have, without assistance, been looking at a LOSS on the season of around $31,000.

Replies were of contrasting natures. Many folks understood the point that was being made. Here we have a victorious player that finished 18th on the money list of the league just one below that of the big time, and winner of circa $60k in prize money that would, without help, be paying out for the privilege of playing.

Bradley Neil, formally a hugely promising European junior making his way through the grades, commented simply, ”Could not agree more! If it wasn’t down to the generosity of the team around us, we wouldn’t survive.” Thoughts turn to many players on the Outlaw Tours, EuroPro Tours and the rest that perhaps don’t get the chances to progress their undoubted talent because it simply costs too much, not that perhaps they are lacking the skills.

Of course, nobody will argue that Tiger, Phil et al. have brought countless millions to the PGA and ‘deserve’ to be rewarded, but as covered by the likes of Ryan French (@acaseofthegolf1) it is the mini and development tours that create the stories, that have the players so dedicated to ‘making it’ they sleep in camper vans overnight and work in stores at the end of each round. Perhaps too the players that might make the future as bright as it is now, and many that were almost certainly inspired to play by the likes of those at the top.

Maclaren, who said that, ‘(2021) Q series crushed me completely,’ and eventually finished just three shots from a card after eight gruelling rounds, wasn’t looking for sympathy. She simply thought it would be useful to know the costs behind the glamour.

Meghan’s regular blog highlights all these musings and gives an insight into life on the road, into psychology, self-belief and doubt, and simply, well, Meg Maclaren. It’s well worth a read https://megmaclaren.com/

 

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‘Get your s–t together!’ – Viktor Hovland fumes at airline over missing clubs…and it gets worse

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Viktor Hovland’s trip to Hawaii to play in the Sentry Tournament of Champions this week got off to a rocky start.

The Norwegian’s clubs were stuck in Seattle while he was in Maui, and it’s safe to say he was not best pleased with Delta for the inconvenience – letting his feelings known on his Instagram story (pictured below in a tweet from @golfbettingclub).

As of Tuesday morning, Hovland’s clubs were yet to arrive to his hotel. He has been playing great golf the past few months and should be an excellent fit to contend at Kapalua this week. While he has bounced back from equipment issues in the recent past and won at Mayakoba despite having his driver break on the range prior to the event, it certainly isn’t an ideal way to start the week.

Update: It appears Hovland’s clubs arrived early Wednesday morning…

…but unfortunately for Hovland, it seems that his driver has broken in the shipping process:

Where’s Danny Lee when you need him?

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Massive club-snapping crab clashes with golfers in Australia

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The Golden Bear, Great White Shark, The Walrus, El Pato and maybe even Tiger. Just some of the ‘wildlife’ names found throughout golf over the years.

But ‘coconut crab’?

9News Australia recently posted a video on Twitter of a group of golfers on Christmas Island clashing with one of these huge crustaceans, confirmed by Wikipedia as ‘the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world’.

Indeed, probably better known as a ‘robber crab’, that name seems far more appropriate given the beast’s actions in the clip where he clamps down hard on three clubs despite the golfers’ attempts at pulling the sticks free of the exceptional behemoth.

Eventually they recover a couple, but the longest club in the bag is never leaving his pincers.

Weighing up to 4.5kg (10 pounds) and measuring up to one meter from leg tip to leg tip, this was golfers versus ‘a chainsaw’, as one player named the creature.

Indeed, the way he snaps that driver suggests it was very much a match the golfers would never win, although surely he was going for the putter with that claw grip!

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