Say what you will about whatever’s happened off the golf course, that was fun to watch.
That’s uh… a superhuman shot right there. It takes a lot of guts to even try a shot like that and even more guts to actually pull it off.
NBC announcers after Tiger Woods' second shot on 18 in Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
It's well-documented that Tiger Woods is good for golf's TV ratings so there's not much more to say on that score. But the comments from NBC's announcers above after his second shot on 18 were spot-on. Minutes earlier Woods had sunk a putt on 17 that had a crazy break to it -- a putt I'd miss 5 out of 10 times on the Playstation 3 even if I used the feature that allows you to cheat by showing you where to aim the putt.
My response to both the putt and the second shot on 18 were the same: hearty laughter. It's really the only appropriate response to have when you see something so ridiculous. Superhuman indeed and most definitely a lot of fun to watch.
With a 31 on the back nine on Saturday, Tiger ended his day 1 under for the tournament and in third place, currently four back of the leaders in front of him. If it stays that way, both Tiger and NBC are in decent position heading into Sunday's final round.
Update From Bill:
I approached my computer ready for a post entitled "Tiger Just Saved the US Open Ratings", and saw Robert had already posted this, so I'll just add the historical US Open ratings below.
Not that NBC has anything to be sorry for, but Tiger will be paired on Sunday with Gregory Havret (who?), when he was so close to being paired with Phil Mickelson. That would have been a ratings gift from heaven.
Unfortunately, we no longer get comparable sports event ratings from Nielsen so last year's numbers aren't in the table or chart below, but the 2009 US Open was plagued by rain delays that absolutely killed the ratings.
The spike in 2008 was driven by Tiger Woods' exciting tie on the final hole of regulation and then 18 hole playoff victory, with a broken leg.
Full 1971-2008 US Open Golf TV Ratings Detail:
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.