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One chart that proves the Tiger Woods television effect is very real

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

The Sunday afternoon Masters television ratings were released on Monday, and results showed that despite good play from Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth, viewership numbers hit a ten-year low. 

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In the last ten years, the three Masters tournaments that gathered the lowest TV ratings came in 2004, 2012 and 2014. Incidentally, those were also Tiger's three worst finishes in the Masters over that same time period; T-22 in 2004, T-40 in 2012, and DNP in 2014. The next lowest-rated Masters came in 2009, where he started the final round seven shots behind 54-hole leader Angel Cabrera and finished the day four back.

Related: Media: ‘[Bubba’s] lost his marbles’

As for the three highest-rated Masters, you can perhaps guess how Tiger fared. He won in 2005, finished T-4 in 2010, and T-4 again in 2013.

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July 28, 2014

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