THE PLAYERS Sunday Overnight Rating on NBC Up 60% Over 2014

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 11, 2015, 8:20 pm

THE PLAYERS Posts Third Best Sunday Overnight Rating of Any Golf Tournament in Past Year & Third Best PLAYERS Sunday Overnight in a Decade

 

Sunday’s Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS: +67% For

Pre-Event Coverage and +57% for Post-Event Coverage vs. 2014

 

Golf Channel’s Coverage Pacing to Be Second Most-Watched PLAYERS Week Ever, Higher than Past Five Years’ Major Championship Weeks Except, for the Masters 

Golf Channel on NBC’s Coverage of THE PLAYERS Championship posted golf’s third highest-rated Sunday over the past year with a 3.9 overnight rating (2-8 p.m. ET), a 60% increase over 2014. THE PLAYERS peaked with a 6.0 overnight rating from 7:30-8:00 p.m. ET as Rickie Fowler won his second PGA TOUR event on the fourth playoff hole. Of all golf tournaments over the past year, only the Sunday rounds of the 2015 Masters and 2014 PGA Championship exceeded NBC’s coverage of THE PLAYERS. This also represented the third highest-rated Sunday overnight for THE PLAYERS over the past decade, exceeded only by Tiger Woods’ win in 2013 and Henrik Stenson’s win in 2009, according to data released today by The Nielsen Company.

Sunday’s pre-event coverage on Golf Channel’s Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS (9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET) also posted significant year-over-year gains in viewership with a .4 overnight, a +67% increase over 2014. Post-event coverage on Sunday night of Golf Central Live From THE PLAYERS (8-10 p.m. ET) posted a .2 overnight, a +57% increase over last year.

Preliminary viewership data is pacing for Golf Channel to post its second most-watched PLAYERS week ever. A full report on Final National Ratings and Cume Audience figures will be available on Wednesday, May 13.

RECORD STREAMING AND BEST-EVER TRAFFIC FOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK ON GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL:

  • The 2015 PLAYERS Championship was second most-streamed PGA TOUR event ever on Golf Live Extra, trailing only 2013’s coverage, with 7.39 million minutes streamed (+94% YOY).  This also was the most-streamed event for Golf Live Extra since the 2014 Ryder Cup.
  • Golf Channel Digital scored Best Ever PLAYERS week records in all key metrics, including:
    • Page Views: 20.79 million (+51% YOY)
    • Visits: 3.97 million (+52% YOY)
    • Video Starts: 798K (+85% YOY)
    • Unique Visitors: GolfChannel.com 1.37 million (+53% YOY); Golf Channel Mobile 315K (+20% YOY)
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.