Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, it’s hard to deny the Tiger Effect on a golf tournament. The faithful and the cynics flocked together in throngs to CBS’s broadcast to watch Woods play the final round at Congressional Sunday. That drove the ratings through the roof, according to John Ourand at Sports Business Journal:
The Tiger Effect: CBS delivered a 4.6 overnight for the AT&T National, up +188% from last year's tournament, which was won by Nick Watney.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) July 2, 2012
With numbers like that, the networks are probably fine letting the internet argue over just how “back” Tiger is. As long as he’s there on the weekend. Greenbrier cleans up after storm damageThe Greenbrier will be somewhat less green, but this week's PGA Tour stop should continue on schedule despite storm damage over the weekend, according to PGATOUR.com. The storm smashed "70 to 80 trees" across the Old White Course, said Jim Justice, the chairman and owner of the resort.
"The Greenbrier Classic 2012 will start on schedule this Monday and go off without a hitch," continued Justice. "It's really special to see how everyone has come together over the past 48 hours. While we have a golf tournament to put on, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the widespread damage and power outages the storms have caused throughout the Virginia's and our beautiful region. We hope that The Greenbrier Classic can help serve as a positive diversion during these difficult times."
Portrush makes case for Open Championship as Irish Open host As Golfweek's Alistair Tait writes:
This Irish Open proved Royal Portrush deserves to have the Open Championship. The tournament was a sell-out before play teed off, and fans came out in their thousands despite incessant rain and cold temperatures. Attendance for the week was 130,785, beating last year's 85,179 by the proverbial country mile…X-Wedge to Urban Hole-in-Ones playing horse with drivers in Downtown Atlanta
… This felt like an Open Championship. The event ran without a hitch, and was a fantastic test run for a future Open. The first available slot for the game's oldest tournament is 2017. The R&A should seriously consider Royal Portrush again. The course deserves it, the fans will support it and it would be a fantastic Open venue.
Still, we're not sure that was the most extreme shot of the weekend. Because on Sunday, Tiger did this: Tweet of the Day
Reading through Tiger's transcript from last night. Interpreting here, but believe he WANTED to say to media, "Nyah, nyah, nyah, ynah."
— Steve Elling (@@EllingYelling) July 2, 2012