Welcome back, Tiger Woods.
Woods’ win at Sunday’s Tour Championship scored the best overnight ever rating — a 5.21 — for a FedExCup Playoffs event. The playoffs date back a dozen years to 2007.
That rating was up 206 percent from 2017’s 1.70. Sunday marked Woods’ 80th career victory and his first in five years.
“Tiger Woods’ win at the Tour Championship was an unforgettable event in golf,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “The massive gallery following Tiger up the 18th fairway was matched by record viewership across NBC Sports’ platforms. Golf is experiencing a surge in momentum with Tiger and the young stars of the Tiger-inspired generation atop leaderboards. We look forward to this momentum continuing this week at the Ryder Cup.”
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The NBC Sports Group presentation, which aired from 3 to 6:15 p.m. ET was the highest-rated PGA Tour telecast of the year, save the majors. The extended coverage window, 1:30-6:15 p.m. ET, posted at 4.35 overnight rating, which is the highest-rated Tour Championship telecast on record. That one dates back to 2000.
Sunday’s final round saw 18.4 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports Digital platforms. That’s a whopping 561 percent increase year-over-year, and is the most-streamed NBC Sports’ Sunday round (excluding majors) on record. Those records date back to 2013.
Justin Rose wrapped up the FedExCup Title yesterday by finishing fourth in the final tournament, narrowly edging Woods in the overall standing. A birdie on 18 earned Rose $10 million.