Tiger Retains His Astonishing Pulling Power
Post by Sports Writer Derek Clements
GOLF still needs Tiger Woods, and the TV viewing figures for the Hero World Challenge prove it.
It may only have been an invitation event staged in the Bahamas with a field of 17 of the world's best golfers, but viewing figures for the first round were up by an astonishing 190% on the same day last year. We are only talking about 786,000 people tuning in but don't forget that in the United States, where most of the viewers were based, this was a working day.
The Golf Channel revealed that the first day of the event atracted their most viewers since the opening round's action of The Open Championship at Troon. The figures for day two were up by 200% on last year and 162% on day three. The final round was screened by NBC, who say that they saw an increase of 92% compared with 2015, when Bubba Watson won.
Woods may have finished near the bottom of the field, but he had more birdies (25) than anybody else and showed enough signs to suggest that he could be ready to stage a proper comeback next season. Many people have suggested that Woods has not been missed during his enforced 16-month absence. That is patent nonsense, and these figures prove it.
If he should get anywhere close to contention at The Masters in April, the mind boggles as to how many people will be scrambling for the remote.So the PGA Tour, his rival and the world's TV executives should be praying that his back holds out and he stays fit.
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