Sport Tiger Woods' return leads to strong TV ratings for Hero World Challenge

20:52  05 december  2017
20:52  05 december  2017 Source:   Golf Digest

Column: Woods is back, but maybe not the guy on TV

  Column: Woods is back, but maybe not the guy on TV Tiger Woods couldn't have scored more points with his two children than when he took them to Miami this summer to watch Barcelona in a friendly, and then arranged for them to meet Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the locker room.He described it as a surreal moment to watch his kids in awe of their soccer heroes, especially Messi, their favorite. It was a reminder of his own place in the world of sport when he said to daughter Sam, "Isn't it neat to meet a living legend?"Sam's reply: "Yeah. We live with one.""I never thought my kids have understood what I've been able to do in the game because they always think I'm the 'YouTube' golfer," Woods said Tuesday.

— Tiger Woods (@ TigerWoods ) October 30, 2017. While this won’t give viewers a sense of where Woods is in his return — he shot 65 Golf. Tiger Woods Hero World Challenge and 2018 Season Odds. Chip Kelly to Florida Rumors Lead to Choreographed Emoji Response from Gators Players.

TIGER WOODS is back playing golf at the Hero World Challenge - and this is how can you watch Woods online and on TV . Woods hosts the Hero World Challenge and has a strong field to contend with on his return to the sport.

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The Hero World Challenge may be an offseason, 18-man exhibition. But given the return of Tiger Woods, official tournament or not, the Hero was an event. A sentiment supported by its TV ratings.

According to viewership numbers from Show Buzz Daily, the Hero pulled in a 1.29 on NBC during Saturday coverage, with Sunday trailing slightly behind at 1.19. Just as notable was Golf Channel, with a significantly lower household reach than their parent company, managing to post a 0.57 on Saturday and a Sunday 0.38. These figures rank as the most-watched golf presentation of the 2018 campaign, and are competitive with the season-ending Tour Championship (1.16 on Saturday, 1.60 on Sunday). For context, football continues to be the king on the calendar, with NBC's Sunday Night Football pulling in an 11.32.

What Tiger Woods said after Round 2 of the Hero World Challenge

  What Tiger Woods said after Round 2 of the Hero World Challenge Thoughts and insight from Tiger Woods after he shot 4-under 68 in Round 2 of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He now sits 7 under for the tournament thanks to a blistering 5-under 31 on the front nine, which included an eagle at the par-5 9th.Here's what Tiger had to say after the round on Golf Channel. On some putting difficulty:"After that 31 on the front nine, could have got a few more on that back nine. Had a difficult time all day with my speed on the greens. They seemed to be about a foot faster. They were dry, they were rolling out and I air-mailed a few of them well past the hole.

Nobody has ever had a bigger impact on the popularity of their sport than Tiger Woods , especially when it comes to television ratings . Tiger finally made his long-awaited return to competitive golf at his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge .

Tiger Woods will tee it up once again at his Hero World Challenge event in the Bahamas. The tiny-field event, sponsored by Woods ’ TGR Live organization and benefitting Woods ’ self-named foundation, is pretty much the perfect venue for Woods to make his return .

Tiger's strong Thursday-Friday start, along with the observations that the 14-time major winner appeared looser and more agile than last year's ill-fated comeback, likely spurred its share of curiosity. According to the Golf Channel, this year's Hero saw a 29 percent increase over the 2016 event, and with 22.4 million total minutes streamed (a 201 percent increase year-over-year) it was second only to the Open Championship among NBC golf events this season.

From false starts to off-the-course issues, 2017 was a nightmarish year for Woods. Nevertheless, despite the onslaught of talent in the top ranks, the 41-year-old continues to resonate with fans, serving as the needle that moves the sport.

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Tiger Woods now a top-10 favorite to win 2018 Masters .
His return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge has the sport’s world buzzing about Tiger Woods. As @TigerWoods returns to competitive #golf we at snipdaily look at where the superstar ranks in #popularity during 2017 - #MostPopular #SportsRankedA post shared by SNIP100 (@snip100) on Dec 1, 2017 at 9:01am PSTAlso buzzing are the Las Vegas oddsmakers. The four-time Masters champion is now down to 20/1 odds to win the Masters in April.

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