Report: US Open Final Round Viewing Figures Highest In Five Years

Encouraging TV viewing figures have been reported for the final round that saw Wyndham Clark claim his first Major win

Wyndham Clark after his win in the 2023 US Open
Wyndham Clark's US Open win reportedly drew the biggest US Open TV audience in five years
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The drama of the final round of the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club appears to have captured the imagination of TV viewers.

Josh Carpenter of Sports Business Journal group has reported on Twitter that NBC’s coverage drew 6.2 million viewers as Wyndham Clark saw off the challenge of Rory McIlroy to claim his maiden Major title.

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That’s an increase of 800,000 on the same stage in 2022 as Matt Fitzpatrick closed out the victory, while it is also the highest number since 2019, when Gary Woodland thwarted Brooks Koepka’s efforts to claim a third successive title with a three-shot win.

On that occasion, 7.3m watched the action, although there was an alarming drop the year after in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, when the tournament was played in September and just 3.2 million saw Bryson DeChambeau claim the title. However, the year after, there was a significant bump as 5.7m watched Jon Rahm win his first Major at Torrey Pines.

One factor that could have helped boost viewing figures in the 2023 tournament's final round was the performance of the ever-popular Rickie Fowler, who had been in contention to claim his first Major before fading on as the day progressed. 

However, the tournament was not without its critics, with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland airing frustrations with the course, while there were relatively low crowd numbers.

However, despite those niggles and the fact that one of the game’s biggest draws,15-time Major winner Tiger Woods, was absent as he recovers from ankle surgery, the figures will surely offer plenty of encouragement, particularly with the disappointment of those for the previous Major, May’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Back then, despite headline-grabbing stories including club pro Michael Block producing a fairytale week and Koepka claiming his fifth Major win, the figures across the tournament slumped to a 15-year low

Thankfully, it appears that was an anomaly as the third Major of the year enjoyed a boost similar to the first, April’s Masters at Augusta National. That was the most watched golf telecast in five years, as over 15 million watched Rahm clinch the title.

Attention will soon turn to the figures for the final Major of 2023, The Open at Royal Liverpool, which takes place between 20 and 23 July.

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.