Tiger Woods' Return Boosts US TV Ratings

Woods is still a massive draw according to these numbers...

Tiger Woods' Return Boosts US TV Ratings

Woods' return at the Hero World Challenge pulled in huge TV numbers across the pond

Tiger Woods' Return Boosts US TV Ratings

Tiger Woods' latest return is in the books and it pulled in huge numbers on US TV.

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The figures emphasise the affect he has on our game, showing that despite some troubled years he is still box office for golf and sports fans alike.

The Hero World Challenge, which isn't even an official PGA Tour event with its 18-man invitation field, was actually the second-most watched event of 2017 on NBC, behind the Open Championship.

This year's Hero World Challenge saw a 29% increase over 2016's tournament, where Woods was making another comeback.

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There were 22.4 million minutes streamed on NBC, up 201% on last year.

Tiger Woods driver swing sequences:

The Hero World Challenge is also the most-watched tournament of the 2018 season.

The 14-time major winner completed all four rounds in 8-under-par to finish in a tie for ninth.

Woods posted rounds of 69 68 75 and 68 around Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

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He has made no announcements on his next competitive outing, but will most-likely play in the Farmers Insurance Open from 25-28th Jan.

Whether he'll tee it up before then, we'll see.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x