If you’re an avid watcher of the PGA Tour like me, you tune into the tournaments week by week as the best of the best compete for the season long FedEx Cup. But since Tiger Woods returned to professional golf at the Hero World Challenge back in November, there has been a seemingly large uptick in the TV ratings. Let’s take a look at the ratings from the most recent tournament Tiger has played in this season, The Valspar Championship and see the Tiger Effect.
2018 Valspar Championship ratings
The Valspar Championship is held in Palm Harbor, Florida and played at the Innisbrook Resort at the Copperhead Course. Tiger Woods posted a final overall score of -9, good enough for a second place finish, tied with Patrick Reed. Now even though Tiger didn’t win the Valspar, it was a win for the game of golf, and quite frankly Golf Channel/NBC as well. The 2018 Valspar Championship received an overnight rating of 5.1, which is the highest rating in tournament history. Also, that 5.1 rating I mentioned? It’s the highest rating for a non-major since the 2013 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP which was won by, you guessed it, Tiger Woods. The 2018 Valspar Championship saw a whopping 27.2 million minutes streamed, making it the fourth-most streamed golf tournament ever for NBC Sports.
Now, to give you an idea on how many people tuned in to watch the Big Cat, lets compare the ratings from the Valspar to those of the four major championships from last season, which are supposed to be the most-watched events of the season.
- The Masters: 6.8
- The U.S. Open: 3.1
- The Open Championship: 3.2
- The PGA Championship: 3.2
As you can see by the ratings, the Masters will always be the most watched tournament because it’s like the Super Bowl to us golf fans. But, these numbers can really put into perspective how much of an effect Tiger Woods has on the game of golf.
I hope that Tiger is back for real this time, and by the golf we have seen of recent, all signs are pointing that Big Cat is back. Waking up this past Sunday morning knowing that I get to watch Tiger in contention and wearing that ICONIC Sunday red and black was almost better than waking up on Christmas morning. Will we see more of this great play from Woods this week? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out when he tees it up at Bay Hill playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event he hasn’t played in since he last won it in 2013.