Interest In FedExCup Playoffs Builds Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Canceled LPGA Returning To Mission Hills In '15 CBS Signs Presenting Partners For NFL Thursdays Report: SI Used Ad Friendliness In Layoffs App Review: FanNation For iPhone NHL Still Without Site For Winter Classic Game In DC Milwaukee IndyCar Event Secure For '15 LPGA Concludes Stay In Rochester Connecticut Open Organizers Optimistic On Future
Upcoming Conferences and Events
HOW MUCH DID TIGER'S PLAY-FOR-PAY STANCE IMPACT FAN BASE?
Published August 16, 1999
CBS' final round coverage of the PGA Championship earned a 7.7/18 overnight Nielsen rating, up 26% over last year's 6.1/14. The event earned a two-day average of a 6.2/16, up 13% over last year's 5.5/14 (CBS). SI, SERGIO! USA TODAY's Christine Brennan notes that Sergio Garcia become the crowd-favorite at the PGA Championship yesterday and wonders if Tiger Woods' position in the play-for-pay Ryder Cup debate had an "impact" on his following (USA TODAY, 8/16). After yesterday's win, Woods complained of being heckled during the last few holes. In Toronto, Dave Perkins writes that the crowd at Medinah "seemed to switch allegiance [yesterday], heckling Woods at times and rooting on Garcia." Woods: "People said some things they shouldn't have said and I couldn't show any emotion" (TORONTO STAR, 8/16). Woods: "Obviously they were rooting for Sergio, as well they should. But to be as tough as they were ... I didn't think that was fair" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/16). In Chicago, Mark Skertic writes that Woods "remains popular, but a rival for golf's affections emerged Sunday" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/16). In St. Petersburg, Bob Harig writes that Garcia "became a huge crowd favorite" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 8/16). In Boston, Karen Guregian writes that the fans who pulled for Garcia "aren't anti-American," but are "just anti-Tiger at the moment. And it's hard to blame them after listening to the ridiculous pro- compensation stand he's been backing with regard to competing in the Ryder Cup" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/16). In Chicago, Jay Mariotti writes that Woods "wasn't nearly as popular as an animated, fun-loving" Garcia. Mariotti: "Woods is a corporation who has been overexposed and overcommercialized and did himself no favors in the Ryder Cup money allocation debate" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/16). Also in Chicago, Skip Bayless: "Woods' millions of fans have made him the world's wealthiest athlete, yet nearly every day he reprimands fans or media or something that disturbs his golden-child concentration" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/16). In Ottawa, Don Brennan, on Woods: "Your act is starting to make a lot of us cheer against you. Lose the arrogance and phoniness. Just be like Mike" (OTTAWA SUN, 8/16).