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

20:52  05 december  2017
20:52  05 december  2017 Source:   golfdigest.com

Tiger Woods looking fit, healthy for comeback, says Rose

  Tiger Woods looking fit, healthy for comeback, says Rose Justin Rose said Tiger Woods is looking fit, healthy and motivated ahead of his highly anticipated comeback at an exclusive charity tournament next week. The pair will play together at the invitational Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas -- Woods' first tournament since February, after undergoing back surgery."I saw him a couple of weeks ago, he looked good. A couple of my friends have been playing with him, and said that he's in good shape," said Rose at the Hong Kong Open on Friday."That's the most important thing.

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

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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.

ALBANY, Bahamas – Tiger Woods is back – again. The future looks bright for Woods after the 79-time PGA TOUR winner successfully negotiated all four rounds at the Hero World Challenge Besting the likes of FedExCup champion Justin Thomas and world No.1 Dustin Johnson will see him climb from

Tiger Woods is to play his first tournament in nine months after making himself available for the Hero World Challenge at the end of November. Tiger Woods

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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