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Tiger’s struggles tank TV ratings at PGA Championship … but there’s a silver lining

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As much as we’d all like to believe that today’s bumper crop of young golf prodigies are ready to grab the torch and move the sport into the future, last week’s TV ratings from the PGA Championship painted a bleak picture of the influence those golfers have on the tour’s TV ratings in a major championship.

Whether you like it or not, the PGA Tour is still Tiger Woods’ playground.

The USA Today reported the “[PGA Championship] drew an overnight rating down 33% from last year’s comparable coverage.” The decrease in viewers from last year to this year does seem a bit skewed when you realize that last year’s final round coverage had a head-to-head battle between Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang, an unheralded Asian golfer.

CBS was essentially drawing in the two biggest groups to watch the event: Joe Sports Fan, who only has an interest in Tiger Woods, and the Asian contingent rooting for Yang. Both groups are influential when it comes to TV ratings. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Jonathan Wall

08/19/2010 at 11:01 am

Y.E. Yang really wanted a photo with John Daly and the Hooters bus

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You’ve got to love Y.E. Yang and his twitter account. When the rest of the golf world was trying to get a piece of Tiger during the Masters earlier this week, Y.E. was trying to make a dream come true by getting a photo with a real American hero (sorry, Tiger, but Billy Payne no longer views you as a hero for today’s children). That’s right, Yang wanted to get a photo with the great John Daly and the Hooters bus.

Daly, who wasn’t invited to the Masters this year, still made is yearly trek to Augusta to sell photos and merchandise. Of course, we all know he’s now longer allowed in Hooters after his, ahem, last drunken experience inside the establishment.

But I digress. I wonder what why Yang decided against going across the street and taking advantage of the photo op? Yang and Daly are both PGA champions, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/08/2010 at 12:11 pm

Y.E. Yang gives us a blueprint for beating the greatest closer in the sport

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I can still remember a couple years back sitting in front of my television watching Yankees closer Mariano Rivera pitch against the Minnesota Twins in a tight game in the bottom of the eight. Up until that point in the season, Rivera had been perfect in save situations on the year.

So when Delmon Young came to the plate, you almost figured it was a battle Young would end up losing. After all, he was going up against quite possibly the greatest closer in the history of the game. When ‘Enter Sandman’ came blaring over the loudspeaker at Yankee Stadium, you knew it was time to pack up the kids and head for the exit. He was as sure a lock as any pitcher in the game.

So when Young sent a Rivera pitch over the fences for a three-run homer, I recall almost spitting out my dinner at the one thing you don’t see very often with a pitcher of Rivera’s caliber: blowing a chance to closeout the game. You don’t see that happen very often. And by all accounts, it takes a very special player to get one over on one of the greatest closers in the game.

In golf, Tiger Woods is the closest thing to a perfect closer. He is to the game of golf what Rivera is to the closer position in baseball. Once he gets a lead, you might as well chalk it up as a win before the last putt.

At least that was the case until Sunday afternoon, when a South Korean named Y.E. Yang turned the golf world on its head with a performance that should have other players on high alert. The quiet South Korean may have found a chink in Tiger’s armor. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

08/17/2009 at 7:18 pm