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TIGERIFFIC: SKINS GAME BENEFITS FROM THE EYE OF THE TIGER
Published December 2, 1996
Tiger Woods "enjoyed" his first "foray into the made- for-television Skins Game" this weekend, and "there is little doubt he will be invited back," according to Jeff Babineau of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Babineau: "The game was all the better for his appearance." Saturday's projected overnights: an 8.2 rating/19 share for ABC, and only once since '83 -- the final round of the '95 Masters, which earned a 9.8 -- have "so many people tuned in to watch golf on any given day." Tom Watson, on Woods playing in this year's Skins Game: "The ratings show that the golfing world wanted to see this" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 12/2). The 8.2 rating 74% up from '95 (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 12/2). IN THE WOODS: In New York, Larry Dorman writes that the "novelty had worn off, the interest had waned and the ratings were headed somewhere south of Baja" for the Skins Game. But this year the contest was "resuscitated by that one-man traveling salvation show, Tiger Woods" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/30). ABC Skins Game commentator and two-time Skins Game winner Curtis Strange: "Tiger was invited because of his popularity. He has an incredible record, but he's in the Skins Game because of the ratings game. That is a hell of a compliment" (USA TODAY, 11/29). Woods, on joining the PGA Tour: "The only thing that surprised me is the media focus that I've had, it's been so intense. The cameras and just people, people in general I think have taken a real grasp to this 'Tigermania' kind of stuff and it's been kind of difficult off the golf course to handle at times, especially when I go out to dinner with my family and friends." ("The Skins Game," ABC, 12/1). COVER BOY: Woods is the subject of this week's cover story in NEWSWEEK, called "How to Raise a Tiger." The feature is based on interviews with Woods, his family and friends. According to his father, Earl Woods, whose book, "Training a Tiger" will be published next Father's Day by HarperCollins, he and his wife have been "training Tiger to take his place in society since he was born." Earl Woods: "Every move has been calculated to make him the best person he can be" (McCormick & Begley, NEWSWEEK, 12/9 issue). A TIGRESS? Nike spokesperson John Martin, on the company's interest in two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champ Kellie Kuehne: "It's no secret that we've been seeking an LPGA player. She's young, energetic and if you look at our last signing, that's the kind of player we are looking for" (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/1).