This past weekend, the Valspar Championship was amazing for golf. It was the proof that we all knew, but needed to wittness. Golf needs Tiger Woods to be relevant.
Sunday afternoon there were more posts on Instagram from our followers living rooms than there is sand at the beach. All of the pictures were of Tiger and the world rooting him onto victory.
While he didn’t get the victory he did birdie the 71’s hole giving him a chance on the last hole to try to tie for the lead. The golfing world was glued to their TV’s.
While the birdie putt at the last came up short, the tournament didn’t. For the first time in a very long time the Valspar Championship felt like we were watching the NFL game of the week. There was a 600% increase in ratings for the same tournament a year ago.
The Golf Channel and NBC gave out some amazing streaming numbers as well. Come Sunday afternoon the folks at NBC got the finale they dream about when Tiger was on the leaderboard.
The tournament had to secure 2 additional parking lots for spectators after Tiger committed the week before. I’m pretty certain the Tournament Director got his bonus for the week!
Tiger actually looked a little rusty on Sunday. It was great for him to play for the win on Sunday but there were some suspect iron shots and a few putts that the Tiger of old would have given us the fist pump in years past. This time they slid by the hole. It was nice to see that he was part human.
The putt on 17 may not have been “better than most” but it was pretty awesome. The TV broadcast showed us only 3% of those actually go in. That ball would have gone into a thimble.
Dads Say So, this weekend proved the point that has been stated on here multiple times. Tiger Woods is the needle for golf. After coming in second last week he is the favorite this week at Bay Hill. A place he has won eight times. Tiger brings the casual fan out to watch. This past weekend he brought everyone out to watch. The game of golf is better all around when he is playing and competing. Let’s hope he is there on Sunday again this week and then again in a few more weeks at the end of Magnolia Lane!