Tiger Woods Yet Again Proves Why He’s the Most Popular Golfer in the World

Published 12/22/2021, 9:56 AM EST
Dec 17, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods walks off the fourth tee during a pro-am round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters


Tiger Woods’ breakthrough in golf all the way back in 1996, not only shook the golf world but also sports around the world. In fact, his authority and dominance were at a level so unparalleled that a name was given to this fantastic feat; the ‘Tiger Effect’ or the ‘Superstar Effect’.

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After a decade of a flourishing run, injuries, surgeries, and scandals plagued his career, his craze with the public didn’t die down and golf had successfully made its way into many homes.

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However, this year Woods has been confined to rest as he met with a solo-car crash in February. Finally, he made a comeback to competitive golf at the 2021 PNC Championship where he competed with his son Charlie, social media’s latest hero. His fans went berserk as this edition broke several records in terms of viewing and ratings.

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Tiger Woods’ presence booms PNC Championship viewership

On Sunday, NBC’s television broadcast of the family event accrued 2.24 million viewers. In addition, it got a 1.3 rating, the second-highest rating and most-watched coverage of the PNC Championship since its schedule slot in 2012. This was second only to its Saturday coverage, which drew 2.34 million viewers and a 1.4 rating. These massive are the highest numbers since 2001.

Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods and son Charlie Woods hug after the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Reuters

In addition, this year’s coverage was successful in increasing its audience by a massive fifty percent. The numbers are nearly four times that of 2019 when Charlie and Tiger never competed in the event. While these numbers are minuscule in comparison to an average PGA Tour event, it is still massive. This is fantastic news and shows the authority held by Woods in the realm of golf events today. What do you think?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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