Tiger Woods made his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month where he played well considering the amount of time he’d spent away from not only competitive golf, but the course. Woods finished tied for ninth and had only one disappointing round on Saturday when he shot 75.
Woods schedule has been a topic of concern for many of his fans who want to see him play in enough events to get ready for the Masters, but not so many that he tires himself out early in the season or possibly suffers yet another setback in his recovery.
This isn’t much of a surprise considering Woods’s TGR Live tournament management business puts on the event and it was one of the events I listed in my last Tiger post when predicting the events he may enter.
Woods’s return to golf has already helped increase ratings as the Hero World Challenge ratings were up
Via Golfworld: According to viewership numbers from Show Buzz Daily, the Hero pulled in a 1.29 on NBC during Saturday coverage, with Sunday trailing slightly behind at 1.19. Just as notable was Golf Channel, with a significantly lower household reach than their parent company, managing to post a 0.57 on Saturday and a Sunday 0.38. These figures rank as the most-watched golf presentation of the 2018 campaign, and are competitive with the season-ending Tour Championship (1.16 on Saturday, 1.60 on Sunday). For context, football continues to be the king on the calendar, with NBC’s Sunday Night Football pulling in an 11.32.
So, Tiger’s throwaway tournament in December did as well as the Tour Championship, the final event of the 2017 season.
It stands to reason that Tiger is still the king of golf.