This week marks four years since Tiger Woods last won a stroke-play event on the PGA Tour, at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Woods won by eight strokes, and the TV ratings were almost as lopsided. The final round pulled a 3.2 rating, up 146 percent from the previous year. (Each rating point equates to 1,184,000 TV homes.)
Woods won five times in 2013, and his impact on viewership was evident throughout:
- The final round of his February 2013 victory at Torrey Pines drew a 3.7, 85 percent higher than 2012, when he didn’t play.
The next month, he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and final-round ratings rose 44 percent (4.4).
- The final round of his May victory at The…