The Tiger Factor
Many people get tired of the golf media, announcers, TGC (Tiger is God Channel) and web sites constantly talking about Tiger Woods. But the fact is, Tiger is what 99% of the viewers want. When Tiger is playing, golf web traffic skyrockets and golf television rankings go through the roof.
Case in point
This year’s AT&T’s rating were three times as high this year with Tiger in the field over last year when Tiger was injured.
I personally love watching Tiger. I love watching the best golfer play golf, and history being made. Just like when Michael Jordan played, I watched even though the Bulls weren’t my team.
No matter who rises to challenge Tiger, be it Bob May, Anthony Kim, Chris Dimarco or Rocco Mediate, Tiger rises that much higher. It is truly amazing. No wonder the general public wants to see Tiger and no wonder the golf media gives them plenty.
Tiger is 240 out hitting a 3-iron. He pulls it 40 yards left and over the gallery. Some idiot in the gallery yells at the top of his voice, “get in the hole.”
Phil Mickelson is in the US OPEN, hacking out of knee long rough, trying to get back to the fairway. “Get in the hole.”
Fred Couples hits a terrible 30 foot putt, pulling it 12 feet left. “Get in the hole.”
Anthony Kim (today) is in the deep left rough, just trying to hit the green. “Get in the hole.”
Memo to all you beer drinking idiots who know nothing about golf: SHUT THE F&*K UP.
Anyone else who is standing by these boneheads in the gallery, would you please join our cause and help us out by letting them know how stupid they are and that they should either shut up or leave? Please?
With the 4th of July festivities yesterday I didn’t get a chance to watch all of yesterday’s AT&T National. I’m finishing off watching yesterday’s round on my DVR before today’s coverage starts.
By the way, today’s final round coverage of the AT&T National:
1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
3:00 PM ET – 6:30 PM ET CBS
I’m sure the media will be going nuts over the Woods/Kim match up. But they’re only one shot ahead so it is anybody’s game really. We’ll see if Kim can keep his aggressive style under control enough to give Tiger a run, or if Tiger will grind him down.
Amazing hole by Tiger yesterday
In Saturday’s round I saw an incredible set of shots from Tiger. On the 5th hole, which is 602 yards, Tiger hit a driver then iron combo to the green. That is 602 yards, driver – iron. INSANE. His drive was 367 and his 2nd shot was not only uphill but on an up slope too. Then Tiger plllowwwed the put in for eagle. Textbook.
Sports Illustrated has released a top 50 list of the highest paid athletes in America. This includes salary and endorsements. Hey, they should get together with Golf Digest since they love doing lists like that.
Anyway, Tiger Woods ($99.7 million) and Phil Mickelson ($52.9 million) are the top two highest paid athletes! Tiger has been #1 for six straight years. Golf wins over football, basketball and baseball! And the careers are so much longer. If I only could have taken up the sport earlier than 1990.
Here’s a link to the SI article but be careful. The popup ads are so pervasive they’ll almost jump out of your monitor and bash you in the head with a 9-iron. The ads are so bad in fact, that I couldn’t even get page four to load because they were taking so long to load. So I bailed.
Looking at these salaries and endorsements is interesting. Golf is the only “sport” other than Nascar where the “athlete” earns more in endorsements than in salary.
Thursday 7/2 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET GOLF
Friday 7/3 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 7/4 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 7/4 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET CBS
Sunday 7/5 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 7/5 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET CBS
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Friday 7/3 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET ESPN2
Saturday 7/4 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET ESPN2
Sunday 7/5 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET ESPN2
Open de France ALSTOM
Thursday 7/2 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Friday 7/3 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 7/4 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET GOLF
Sunday 7/5 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET GOLF