Jordan Spieth‘s playoff victory was the tenth final round telecast this season to hit a multi-year high in the overnights, and the third straight.
Including majors and WGC events, 14 of the past 18 Sunday PGA Tour telecasts have now had an increase in overnight ratings — with this week’s 133% jump easily the highest of the season. Overall, 29 of the past 36 weekend PGA telecasts have had increases.
10:15 am Update The comments section is going a bit political this morning, so I thought I’d ask these questions… [First, a disclaimer: I don’t like Donald Trump at all; my problems with him go back to the early 90’s and his “financial engineering” which caught on and ultimately contributed mightily to Financial Crisis of 2007-2008.]
If Donald Trump had sent text messages to a woman saying he could not wait to choke and slap her, would the media have destroyed him?
If Donald Trump had bought stock options (very short term stock options) in two stocks just prior to huge jumps and been investigated by the FBI, would the media have destroyed him?
From the Aberdeen Press and Journal: IN PICTURES: Is Jordan Spieth the coolest man in sport? Photos of Spieth rolling on the green and laughing. The Brits aren’t clinging to Tiger Woods. Also, I’ve noticed Rory McIlroy not being at St. Andrews is a bigger story than Woods being there. I think that’s true of the American golf media, too. The times they done changed.
7:20 am Is there anything any stupider than Golf Channel showing footage of putts when their scroll obscures both the ball and hole? You might as well be watching a damned mime.
5:30 am Just saw the end of Woods’s presser on Golf Channel. Not sure if it was live or a replay. It’s interesting how much better the questions are than at the American events, where the U.S. reporters walk on eggshells, afraid they’ll offend him. The answers were better, too, because Woods knew he couldn’t get away with snarky three-word answers. He gave a reasonably lengthy and serious response to a question about retirement, for example. It must have been live because the Morning Drive crew is now telling us how Woods’s presser was the best thing since sliced bread. And pretty much everything Woods said is being interpreted as “a good sign” of something or other.
John Cook just offered up that “we might see the old Tiger Woods.” Gary Williams said that Woods’s short game showed he was “emboldened.” Nobilo tells us Woods is “was No. 1 only fourteen months ago.”