CBS: Highest-rated PGA final round since 2009


Apparently a little primetime golf with a whole lot of drama goes a long way in the ratings department.

CBS reported that Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship earned a 6.0 rating, a 36 percent increase over last year's 4.4 rating when Jason Dufner held off Jim Furyk at Oak Hill. It also serves as the highest-rated final round of the event since 2009, when Y.E. Yang's win over Tiger Woods at Hazeltine earned a 7.5 rating.

The finale at Valhalla Golf Club more than made up for three relatively drama-free majors in 2014, as Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler traded birdies down the stretch with McIlroy eventually holding on to win his fourth major title by a shot over Mickelson.

A weather delay of nearly two hours pushed back tee times and nearly forced play to spill into Monday morning, but tournament officials were able to finish the event in the waning daylight and millions of viewers tuned in to watch the conclusion. The ratings reportedly reached a peak of 9.2 from 8-8:30 p.m. ET, as McIlroy capped off his third straight victory and second PGA title in the last three years.