Golf and related musings


#181

Or Matsuyama might be on the verge of winning his first of many major championships.


#182

Gee that last hole from Day was horrific.


#183

Fair week from Leishman.


#184

He’s probably in the top 20 now. Be interesting to see how far he can take his game. He’s certainly mixing it with some in form and talented players.


#185

Watched Tiger go around in the very early hours of this morning.
His game looked to be in good shape and he was fighting fit.
Will be interesting to see how he holds up after 4 rounds of consecutive golf but the signs were promising.
Would love to see him win another major.


#186

Watched Mickleson win last week and Tiger might do the same tomorrow.
Earl and Lefty shooting it out in a couple of weeks at Augusta would be massive.


#187

It’s almost time for the greatest sporting event on the planet. And this man might just be back in town.


#188

Personally prefer the British Open when it’s at St Andrews and the wind’s up. But maybe that’s because I’ve played St Andrews which I think is still a public course. It was in the mid 80s anyway.


#189

‘sport’


#190

If Tigers in the hunt it’s going to be awesome. Especially when Leishman wins!


#191

I hope there’s a real showdown between the guns at the Masters coming up. Johnson, Speith, McIlroy, Tiger, Day…

If Tiger is in contention it’ll be huge…

If you watched sports TV Monday morning, everybody from Jay Harris of ESPN to Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports was talking about one athlete: Tiger Woods.

Even the most jaded sports TV commentators admitted to retreating to their living room and wildly cheering as a resurgent Woods contended to the 72nd hole of the Valspar Championship, which Paul Casey eventually won.

MORE: Four reasons Tiger Woods can win the Masters

The ESPN and Fox talkers weren’t the only ones avidly watching Woods’ exciting second-place finish Sunday afternoon. NBC Sports drew a 5.1 overnight TV rating, according to Nielsen, an astonishing 190% increase from the comparable final round last year. Excepting the four major tournaments, it was the highest rated PGA Tour broadcast in nearly five years, trailing only the 5.7 overnight for Woods’ 2013 win at the Players Championship.

The TV highlight of the tournament? Watching Woods drain a 44-foot birdie putt on No. 17 that seemed to take forever to reach the hole.

“Are you serious? Are you serious?” yelled NBC’s David Feherty as the putt finally dropped into the cup.

“There is a little of that old time Tiger Magic,” exulted Gary Koch of the Golf Channel.

Around Woods, the spectators went nuts. At that moment, you could hear fans telling themselves: Tiger is back.

“This crowd has been like a volcano waiting to erupt," noted Dan Hicks of NBC. (The PGA’s tweet of that insane Woods putt has already drawn 1.84 million views and counting.)

Even after nearly 10 years in the wilderness, the 42-year old Woods draws eyeballs like no other athlete. Consider:

– NBC’s ratings peaked at a 6.62 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on NBC as Woods made his charge. TBS actually got lucky that Woods’ final birdie attempt on No. 18 came up short right before it went on the air with its NCAA March Madness Selection Show.

– NBC’s Valspar coverage was up 28% from the 2015 Wyndham Championship, the last time Woods contended on a Sunday. In the event’s home market of Tampa, the final round drew a 10.98 overnight rating.

– The Valspar was the most-streamed PGA Tour event ever for NBC, with 27.2 million minutes streamed across NBC and Golf Channel digital platforms. There were 15.4 million minutes streamed on Sunday’s coverage alone.

We’re at a time in sports TV when ratings for most events are down. But Woods proved once again he doesn’t move the golf TV needle, he is the needle.

With the Masters only weeks away, CBS Sports is salivating over what kind of numbers the “Tiger Effect” will generate from Augusta National.

Jack Nicklaus spoke for a lot of fans when he tweeted Sunday: "Well done @TigerWoods! You’re getting there my friend. Sure it won’t be long!


#192

I dont think he will win it, but if Woods is in contention on the back 9 on Sunday, can you even imagine the ratings? It will be off the chart


#193

The Masters channel on foxtel is the greatest thing ever!!!

I think it’ll be out of Speith and Rory for the jacket. Rickie Fowler is due for a major.

Tommy Fleetwood and Pat Perez are my smokies.


#194

JT or Rory to break the record.
Adam Scott the smokey with his new GG swing.


#195

…Or Tiger!!!


#196

I saw Tiger play up close in Melbourne at the Presidents Cup. This was about two weeks before the farkgate scandal broke, so he was still a god at that point.

Was legitimately one of the most exciting days of my life.

If he wins it again it will be the biggest sporting story I think for many many years.

I’m putting in my groundwork on “I have a dentist appointment”!for Monday morning already


#197

Oh…look what I found.

My money is on Patrick Reed this year.


#198

Love watching golf on Fox.
If Essendon isnt playing, I prefer watch golf than other footy matches.
Will definately go to a big tournament in Australia one day.


#199

Are you there FB or was that a previous year? Jealous regardless


#200

Was there 2016