Truth and Rumors: PGA draws record online ratings

Wednesday August 18th, 2010

After a boring British Open at St. Andrews, which generated the lowest TV ratings for a final round ever, the exciting and controversial PGA Championship at Whistling Straits brought a renewed interest to golf fans. Although ratings were down about 30 percent from last year when Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang battled it out to the finish, CBS still took the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings on Sunday evening with more than 10 million viewers. Even more interesting was the unprecedented online interest in the proceedings: According to USA Today, PGA.com drew 4.8 million live and taped video streams, which represents a nearly 700 percent increase from last year. 
The bottom line: Golf, like the rest of the world, is going digital in a big way.  17-year old Danielle Kang wins Women's U.S. Amateur While golf fans around the world were watching the action at Whistling Straits this weekend, 17-year-old Danielle Kang beat 17-year-old Jessica Korda to win the U.S. Women's Amateur at Charlotte Country Club. A student of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs, Kang admitted to feeling some nerves during the final round, which lasted 35 holes until she made a four-footer to seal her victory. 

"Today was very stressful," Kang said. "When I made that I just wanted to cry because all of the stress was in me. I'm trying not to show it. I'm smiling, but it's stressful, so it was really big."
Riggs, who's worked with Kang for the past year, wasn't surprised by his student's big win. 
"Danielle's swing is extremely dynamic. While the important alignments of clubface, path, and plane are nearly flawless, it's her aggressiveness that sets her apart. Playing with her older brother Alex and numerous other high caliber male golfers has forced her to step up to their level. This isn't your mom's golf swing, it is the swing of a highly skilled athlete."
Golf club president accused of selling arms to IranWho says golfers are boring? 63-year old Christopher Tappin, President of Kent County Golf Union outside London, is currently facing up to 35 years in a US prison. Tappin, who allegedly sold to Iran industrial batteries that control surface-to-air missiles, claims he was nailed in a sting operation in which U.S. agents pretended to be representatives from a non-existent company. If convicted, Tappin's duties and privileges at his club will be revoked. 

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