Rickie Fowler’s spectacular win at The Players Championship drew in some of the highest ratings the tournament has seen in the last decade. According to Nielsen, the overnight rating for the final round on Sunday was 3.9, which is up 60% from last year, and the rating peaked at 6.0 during the three-hole playoff. The only time ratings were higher was during the 2013 tournament when Tiger Woods won and in 2009 when Henrik Stenson won.
Tiger Woods was nowhere near the top 10 this year, finishing tied for 69th at three-over. Jordan Spieth, the Masters champion, didn’t even make the cut, and Rory McIlroy was four strokes back when Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner tied Fowler to send the tournament into the playoff.
Golf, without Tiger Woods at the top of the field weekly, seems to be doing just fine.