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“He’s yesterday’s man, write about somebody else.”

The above is typical of the reactions some people have to stories about Tiger Woods.

It seems that they just don’t like reading about the guy.

Fair enough. To each, their own.

Trouble is, despite it all, he’s still kind of a big deal.

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Don’t believe us? Just look at the TV ratings for the tournaments he has played in recently.

The final round of last weekend’s Quicken Loans National – where Woods finished in a tie for fourth – had a US TV viewership that was 89% higher than the equivalent round last year, when Woods was absent.

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The ratings for the final round coverage in the States was the fourth best in tournament history and the highest they have been since 2012… when Woods won.

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Interestingly, if you analyse the ratings for all weekend PGA Tour telecasts that have featured Tiger Woods, all bar one round has enjoyed an increase in viewership. And that one round – the final round of the Memorial – can largely be explained away play was moved up to avoid rain and most coverage was tape delayed as a result.

Here’s a breakdown of the numbers courtesy of sportsmediawatch.com

Tv Ratings

The viewership for the final round of the Valspar Championship was up over 200%. Two-hundred.

Still think Tiger doesn’t warrant the attention he gets?


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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