Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods together in the final round has produced the highest rating for CBS Sports at Pebble Beach in 15 years.
The network said Monday the overnight rating from final round was 5.1 with a 10 share, which was up 96 percent from last year. It was the highest rating for the final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since a 5.8 with a 13 share in 1997, when Mark O’Meara held off Woods and David Duval.
It was reported today that Lee Westwood, despite missing the last two months with a calf injury, will somehow overtake Phil Mickelson as the World’s #2 ranked player when the next Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) is released on Monday. But wait, it get’s better: the story also indicates that it won’t be long before he moves past Tiger into the #1 spot.
In four years, the system has actually worked quite well, producing four deserving winners (Tiger, Vijay, Tiger and Furyk), but the current system certainly has the potential for a let down. Last month we mentioned our idea to improve the FedEx Cup, and we were, and still are, pretty pleased with it but we’ve decided to come up with one more system that we think would further improve the playoffs. This one is definitely a bit more extreme and focuses mostly on the flaw that way too many players make the playoffs. This system would make the PGA TOUR playoffs much closer to traditional playoffs that we see in other sports.
Interesting article from ESPN researcher Justin Ray in which he tries to quantify the POY race with a formula based on past winners. If nothing else it makes us feel a little smarter that we listed Mickelson as the current POY favorite.