Tiger Woods gives NBC massive ratings boost for Valspar

Hope Soto
March 13, 2018

Tiger Woods finished second in the Valspar Championship on Sunday, almost forcing a playoff, leaving the golfer to say on social media, "Man, I've missed this".

NBC's overnight rating of 5.11 was a 190 percent increase over last year's final round of the Valspar, and the highest rating since Woods' win at the 2013 Players Championship (5.7). He tied for 2nd place in a valiant run Sunday at Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor.

He closed with a 70 - the first time since The Barclays in 2013 that he posted all four rounds under par on the PGA Tour - and tied for second. Patrick Reed had a great chance to win outright, but was unable to birdie the last hole and ended up making bogey. Casey, who has played in a group nine twosomes ahead of Woods, could only watch from the clubhouse and Woods finished his round one stroke short.

"It's going to be good for me to get back", Woods told reporters. It was the closest Woods has come to winning in almost five years. He went 15 holes without a birdie until he brought Innisbrook to life with a birdie putt from just inside 45 feet that died into the cup at the par-3 17th, leaving him one shot behind with one hole to play.

The old-time roar faded, though, and his bid to force eventual victor Paul Casey to extra holes also petered out when his long birdie putt stopped a couple of feet short at the par-four 18th.

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USA Today wrote that the finish could bode well for Woods as he moves on this week to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, Florida, and the Masters, April 5-8. Woods was 16-1 before the Valspar, the network said. "I've been here before a few times", the 42-year-old said when asked if he had felt any nerves.

A three-time Ryder Cup player for Europe, his only previous USA tour title came at the 2009 Houston Open.

One man told his friend standing off the second fairway: "I'm here for one reason. I'm so happy for it", Casey said.

Sergio Garcia finished fourth on eight under after matching Casey's 65, while Justin Rose was one further back with Rory Sabbatini after struggling for any form en route to a 72.

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