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TV Ratings Are Out For The Open's Tiger Woods-Led Final Round

Tiger Woods smiling.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 06: Tiger Woods walks the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods was back on Sunday. The 14-time major champion wasn't all the way back - he fell a couple of shots short of a 15th major championship - but this was the best version of Tiger Woods the golfing world has seen in years.

Woods, 42, began the final round four shots back of the leaders. He took sole possession of the lead at 7-under par early on the back nine.

Eventually, Woods fell back, finishing in sixth place at 5-under par, but everyone watching was still thrilled with what they witnessed.

There were a lot of people watching, too.

TV ratings for The Open's final round have surfaced. Unsurprisingly, the Tiger Woods-dominated final round has ridiculously good numbers.

"NBC’s final round of The Open gets highest overnight final round rating since Tiger won at Royal Liverpool in 2006. Last final round that beat yesterday was Tiger’s win at St. Andrews in 2000," ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted.

Golf is in a good place, with a ton of promising young talent, but the sport still needs Tiger Woods to be in contention to dominate the sports conversation. And that's what happened on Sunday.

Hopefully, the same thing will be happening in two weeks. Woods is now No. 50 in the world golf rankings, meaning he's qualified for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, set to take place in Akron, Ohio in two weeks. Woods has yet to officially commit to the event, but it would be surprising if he decided to not play.