Only Tiger Woods’ emphatic win drew more TV viewers than Viktor Hovland’s eight-figure payout

Only Tiger Woods’ emphatic win drew more TV viewers than Viktor Hovland’s eight-figure payout

Viktor Hovland’s Tour Championship victory was the most watched telecast since Tiger Woods’ victory in 2018.

The Norwegian breezed to victory at East Lake on Sunday, holding onto a six-shot lead in the final round.

Hovland didn't allow his opponents to get any closer than three strokes on the final day, but still attracted a huge audience

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Hovland didn’t allow his opponents to get any closer than three strokes on the final day, but still attracted a huge audienceCredit: Getty

He also won himself a whopping $18million (£14m) bonus by topping the FedEx Cup standings at the end of the PGA Tour season.

That brings his total prize money from the FedEx Cup to $32m (£25m), following his victory at the BMW Championship play-off event.

But his runaway victory didn’t stop a huge audience tuning in to watch the occasion, with an impressive average of 4.613 million viewers switching on, according to CBS Sports.

Despite play being halted for almost two hours due to the weather, the CBS broadcast still peaked at 5.510 million viewers, with the round impacted by the storm still drawing 2.330 million people.

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The viewing figures for the occasion makes this year’s Tour Championship finale the most watched telecast of the event since Woods won the tournament in 2018.

In 2018, golf legend Woods secured his first PGA Tour win in five years, completing an astonishing comeback.

He started the 2017/18 season outside of the world’s top 1,000 whilst recovering from a series of back surgeries, but ended it with a historic 80th PGA Tour title.

Woods attracted a whopping 7.202 million viewers, which was made even more impressive considering the tournament was on at the same time as the NFL.

Woods inspired incredible scenes at East Lake in 2018

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Woods inspired incredible scenes at East Lake in 2018Credit: Getty Images

The PGA Tour has since adjusted its season so that the FedEx Cup play-offs are done before the NFL starts.

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