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CBS Announces Huge Bump In Masters TV Ratings

A general view of the yellow Masters Flag.

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: The flag blows in the breeze in front of a leaderboard on the 17th green during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Saturday's third round of the Masters saw some impressive golf played at Augusta. It was reflected in the ratings.

According to a release from CBS Sports, yesterday's Masters coverage was the highest-rated Saturday golf telecast on any network since 2015. It also featured a five percent increase in ratings compared to last year.

The five highest-rated markets were Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville in South Carolina, West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers in Florida, Minneapolis and Nashville.

Three players--Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau and Webb Simpson--shot 64 on Saturday. Francesco Molinari, the current leader, shot a 66.

But the most likely explanation for the ratings bump is one of the three men who shot a five-under 67 on Saturday: Tiger Woods. Anytime Tiger is in contention in a major, people will be tuning in.

Last year, Woods finished tied for 32nd at August. He's on pace for his best finish at the Masters since 2013, when he tied for fourth.

Of course, if Woods is able to overtake Molinari and win the green jacket, he will have earned his first major since 2008 and his first Masters championship since 2005.

There's lots of drama still ahead today.