Is The PGA Tour Toast Without Tiger Woods?

Sun, December 13, 2009 6:35pm EDT by 4 Comments

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Experts and golfers alike want him back on the lynx!

“Saturday Night Live” did a hilarious sketch last night about the PGA Tour becoming less popular now that Tiger Woods has taken an indefinite break from the game. But it wasn’t just funny — it was actually pretty accurate. A number of recent reports suggest that Tiger’s absence from the tour could have devastating results.

The last time Tiger took a break from golf, when he was recovering from knee surgery in 2008, golf tournament ratings slumped almost 50 percent, according to Nielsen Media.

“Tiger’s presence at a golf tournament and being on the leader board generates significantly increased ratings,” says Neal Pilson of Pilson Communications. “When deals are negotiated, the fact Tiger is a member of the tour influences what networks pay.”

 

“Golf needs Tiger Woods,” says fellow golfer Brad Faxon. “We wish them well and the best. I don’t know what the best thing to do is. Nobody does. But I know him on the golf course is good for everybody.”

Others fear that Tiger’s exit will drive the entire game of golf back into obscurity. “Without him, the sport seems to have pretty much dropped out of the cultural conversation,” writes Sports Illustrated columnist Frank Deford.

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trina849

Posted at 8:06 PM on December 13, 2009  

my comment is i wish that everyone would just stop talking about tiger woods. i am so tired of hearing about him now. did he mess up yes yes he did and i feel sorry for his wife and kids and also for him its hard trying to be something everybody else wants you to be and not be true to yourself. he was very very wrong to cheat on his wife, he should not have commited adultery(yes thats what he did) but i know this some of the same media, some of the same general public, some of the same corporations, some of the same advertisers that are going after this guy are doing the same thing he is doing whether its cheating on your wife/husband, or on your girlfriend/boyfriend, you are cheating the only difference is that your stuff hasnt been caught yet. notice i said yet cause your time is coming. remember that there is one judge and his name is Jesus. while i dont condone what tiger did i must show him the same compassion that Jesus would and so should you cause it could have been you and then what would you want someone to do for you? ms woods i dont know you but i pray that you and tiger look deep in your hearts and make the best choice for you and your family.

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