NBC's Weekend Coverage of RICOH Women's British Open Most-Watched Women's Golf Telecasts in 2017

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 11, 2017, 5:00 pm

NBC’s weekend coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open delivered the most-watched and highest-rated women’s golf telecasts year-to-date in 2017, the first time in history despite its morning/early afternoon telecast window.

Sunday’s final round, which saw I.K. Kim win her first major championship, posted a .78 U.S. HH rating and 1.1 million viewers (11:30 a.m.-2:33 p.m. ET), +28% vs. 2016,  making it the highest-rated and most-watched final round telecast for women’s golf in 2017 and on NBC since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open (2.035 million viewers). Final round coverage also was the most-watched final round at this event in more than 10 years (2006 on ABC, 1.592 million). The comparable three hours of broadcast coverage on NBC was +26% vs. the final three hours of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open on FOX (3:30-6:41 p.m., 874K viewers) and +31% vs. the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on NBC (3-6:04 p.m., 840K viewers).

The comparable five hours of RICOH Women’s British Open final round coverage across Golf Channel and NBC delivered a .58 U.S. HH rating and 824,000 viewers (9:30 a.m.-2:33 p.m. ET), also making it the most-watched women’s major 5-hour telecast in 2017 (+4% vs. 2017 U.S. Women’s Open on FOX, 790K viewers).

Saturday’s coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open (11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET) delivered a .61 U.S. HH rating and 809K viewers, +33% vs. 2016, the most-watched third round women’s golf telecast this year and since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on NBC (1.455 million viewers). Saturday’s coverage also was the most-watched third round at this event in 10 years (2007 on ABC, 846K viewers). The comparable three hours of broadcast coverage was +19% vs. the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open on FOX (681K viewers) and +10% vs. the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on NBC (736K viewers).

In total, 7 million unique viewers tuned in to some portion of coverage of the RICOH Women’s British Open across four days on Golf Channel and NBC, the most number of viewers among women’s major championships in 2017 and most number of viewers for the Women’s British Open since 2005 (7.2 million).

Next up in women’s golf will be Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage of the Solheim Cup, the biennial team match play event featuring the United States vs. Europe, being contested in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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