USPGA TV Ratings Prove Tiger Woods Is Still Golf's Biggest Draw

The recent USPGA Championship drew in huge TV ratings in America

USPGA TV Ratings
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The recent USPGA Championship drew in huge TV ratings in America

USPGA TV Ratings Prove Tiger Woods Is Still Golf's Biggest Draw

Whilst the USPGA Championship took a different broadcast route in the UK and Ireland this year and was criticised for it, it was a huge success in the States.

Over here we had Eleven Sports showing their first ever UK and Ireland broadcast, and it largely went okay, although the numbers it would have reached may have been less than Sky with many people unaware of how to watch the tournament.

In the US, though, it was a different story.

CBS Sports were showing the 100th USPGA Championship and the ratings went through the roof - and not for the first time this year in a tournament where Tiger Woods has done well.

It was CBS' highest USPGA Championship final round rating in nine years, since a certain Tiger Woods was going for his 15th major title but was ultimately toppled by YE Yang.

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Their coverage was also up a huge 69% year on year after Justin Thomas' win at Quail Hollow in 2017.

Of course, Brooks Koepka played phenomenally well for the week and especially over the weekend, but there can only really be one reason why the figures were so high - Tiger.

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Tiger Woods shot a final round of 64 to finish in 2nd place which was his best finish since the 2009 USPGA Championship.

His 64 was his lowest ever final round in a major but it was ultimately two shy of Koepka who shot back-to-back 66s over the weekend to win his third major.

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Elliott Heath
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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. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, 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 2-6. 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!


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