Ryder Cup buzzing after Tiger Woods' victory


"Tiger Woods' win at the Tour Championship was an unforgettable event in golf, the massive gallery following Tiger up the 18th fairway was matched by record viewership across NBC Sports platforms", Mike McCarley, president of golf for NBC Sports, said in a statement.

"We're reminded of it quite often".

Golf greats took the opportunity to congratulate Woods on a win many thought would never come. But while he beat the field in the Tour Championship, he did not defeat the NFL. Heck, Woods himself told fellow green jacket winners he was "done" at the 2017 Masters Champions Dinner.

The 14-time major victor excited the crowds on Sunday at East Lake by shooting 11 under for the tournament and claiming his first tour win in five years. "To look back at the start of the year and to now have accomplished a goal like that, to be a part of this team, and now to be a player, is just - it's beyond special". A two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship capped a comeback season that seemingly could not have gone better for Woods.

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According to the Golf Channel, NBC's TV audience increased by 206 percent on last year's final round of the Tour Championship while there was a 561 percent increase in fans who streamed the final round.

"JUST IN: Yesterday's final round of the Tour Championship on NBC is the highest rated Tour Championship round on record (2000-2018) and the most watched tournament round, excluding Majors, in 2018", ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted.

Smith is unconvinced that Woods is getting back to his best, or even possesses the form to win a major, however.

On Monday Woods and the rest of the US team landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport ahead of starting preparations for the 42nd Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup, taking place in France, will be televised Friday-Sunday morning.