Phil Mickelson won the Open Championship last week, and a record-setting amount of people watched him do it.
According to a press release, fans were undeterred by the time zone change that led to a early-afternoon finish on the east coast and set records for viewership.
According to Nielsen Fast National data, ESPN earned a record-tying 3.1
U.S. rating for the 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET live telecast of Sunday’s
final round as fan favorite Phil Mickelson scored a come-from-behind win
at Scotland’s Muirfield Golf Links. The telecast, which averaged
4,372,000 viewers, tied the ratings record set in last year’s final
round for the highest-rated cable telecast of the event and set a cable
viewership record for the event, eclipsing last year’s mark of
Sunday’s telecast ranks third-highest among all golf telecasts on cable,
only behind the 2008 U.S. Open playoff and the 2010 Masters first round
(when Tiger Woods returned to golf).