Woods Helps Draw TV Viewers
Feb. 18, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) _ Tiger Woods' return to action drew TV ratings more than double what the PGA Tour was averaging this season.
Woods' runaway four-stroke victory in the Buick Invitational on Sunday produced a 6.9 overnight rating on CBS.
That is 92 percent higher than the 3.6 the tournament's final round drew in 2002, when Woods finished strong with a 66 to tie for fifth place behind Jose Maria Olazabal.
This year's third round got a 4.5 overnight rating Saturday, a 105 percent jump from 2002.
Woods missed the first five tournaments this season because of knee surgery. None of those tournaments _ three shown by CBS, two by ESPN _ had a final-round rating higher than 3.5.
Sunday's final round shaped up as a battle between him and Phil Mickelson, who criticized Woods' equipment recently. But Mickelson faded to six shots behind Woods after starting the day two back.