Tiger Woods wins tournament, watches video of pundits saying he'd never win

Rex Christensen
September 26, 2018

Sunday's Final Round saw 18.4 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports Digital platforms, an increase of 561 percent over 2017.

Tiger Woods' first victory in five years gave a huge viewership boost to NBC on Sunday.

Golf greats took the opportunity to congratulate Woods on a win many thought would never come.

Woods was on course to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championship titles, having already won 14 majors.

"I can't believe I pulled this off", Woods said during the trophy presentation.

But one Tiger Woods video of him watching his doubters diss him went viral.

The Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee tweeted: "This is the greatest comeback in the history of golf".

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Although his ranking was so low he needed a captain's pick to make the team, his recent surge in form and confidence means that he will undoubtedly be one of the focal points of Jim Furyk's team and the man the fans at the Le Golf National will want to follow.

But after back fusion surgery threatened to end Woods' career, he has returned a different, more approachable, character and many of his team-mates hung around at East Lake to see him win.

Whoah. NBC says overnight TV rating for Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour win in five years WAS UP 206% FROM LAST YEAR'S FINAL ROUND.

The Englishman knew a tie for fifth or worse would hand the money to Woods but he held his nerve to birdie the final hole and take the prize. Woods is playing in the Ryder Cup with the rest of Team USA.

As compelling as Woods's victory was, the ratings did not approach the numbers for the 4:15 National Football League broadcast on Fox between the Cowboys (always a huge draw) and Seahawks.

When Woods tapped home his 71st and final stroke of the day he did not unleash the balled-fist uppercut of old but instead bent calmly to retrieve his ball amid yet another surrounding roar - and then, finally, his wait was over too, raising both arms to the sky to join the rolling celebration.

Woods admitted he had almost been overcome with emotion as he walked up the 18th fairway.

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