Thursday, August 14

Tiger Fan Speaks Out as Golf’s TV Ratings Plummet

Many fans don't watch golf unless Tiger Woods is playing.

“WITHOUT TIGER, TV GOLF IS IN A TAILSPIN” said the headline of a recent story at

“Golf's TV ratings have fallen into the abyss,” wrote Sports Illustrated Senior Editor Dick Friedman. “Despite Padraig Harrington’s thrilling victory on Sunday at Oakland Hills, the overnight rating for the PGA Championship was 3.0, down 55% from last year's final round at Southern Hills — an event won by (surely you recall) Woods.”

In an effort to dig deeper, ARMCHAIR GOLF interviewed a devoted Tiger fan to get his reaction to the current state of pro golf.

Q: What effect has Tiger’s season-ending injury had on your golf-viewing habits?

WHISKERS: Meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow. Meow, meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow meow meow.

Q: You’re not alone. The ratings are way down. But we’ve been told you’re getting more exercise. That’s good.


Q: So what have you been doing now that you’re not watching Tiger play?

WHISKERS: Meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow.

Q: Anything else besides spending more time outdoors?

Meow meow.

Q: Are you going to watch the Ryder Cup?


Q: Really? But you would if Tiger played?

WHISKERS: Meow, meow meow.

Q: Sure, I understand. Thanks for taking the time.

WHISKERS: Meow meow.


Tom Blogical said...

I have to protest. You really should've interviewed my dog, Ginger.

Phil said...

This reminds me of that commercial for Meow Mix - more cats ask for it by name than any other cat food! Great! I say who cares if the non golfers are not watching. For this fan (and I suspect most any other diehard golf fan) it makes no difference at all. Golf the game lives on, and that's what matters.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Tom: Get me Ginger's contact info and we'll get it done.

Tom Blogical said...

LOL! Be forwarned, though...she really hates cats. ;-)