ATLANTA – The buzz around Tiger Woods’ first victory in five years continued Monday with overnight numbers showing Sunday’s final round of the Tour Championship was the highest-rated telecast in the history of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the highest-rated non-major PGA Tour telecast in 2018.
Woods’ 80th career victory — and first since 2013 — brought NBC a 206 percent increase over last year’s tournament, drawing a 5.21 rating to the network. The audience peaked with a 7.19 rating in the 5:30-6 p.m. ET window as Woods was completing his final round.
Only the peaks for The Masters (11.03) and PGA Championship (8.28) drew higher ratings in 2018, according to Golfweek.
“Golf is experiencing a surge in momentum with Tiger and the young stars of the Tiger-inspired generation atop leaderboards. We look forward to this momentum continuing this week at the Ryder Cup,” NBA Sports Group’s Mike McCarley said in a release.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs began in 2007 with a Woods victory, and he repeated the feat two years later. He finished second in this year’s playoffs with Sunday’s victory.
Woods, who began 2018 ranked No. 1,199 in the world, also vaulted eight more spots to No. 13.
Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup title and $10 million on Sunday, but the Englishman lost his brief grip on the No. 1 ranking to Dustin Johnson. Rose tied for fourth at East Lake Golf Club, while Johnson’s solo third-place finish allowed him to creep past Rose by less than three points in the composite rankings.
–Field Level Media