CBS earned a 7.8 overnight for the final round of The Masters yesterday, which saw Bubba Watson take home his second green jacket in three years by topping Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots. That figure is down 24% from a 10.2 rating for Adam Scott’s playoff win over Angel Cabrera last year. Yesterday’s round also is down from Watson’s playoff win over Louis Oosthuizen.
For me the final round was a snooze as there were basically only two players in the fight. Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth.
And shame on CBS for trying to make Jordan Spieth a hall of fame golfer BEFORE he won the tournament. Why would CBS put Spieth’s family on? Because CBS was trying to do anything to boost the ratings and keep people watching! Anything. CBS wanted Jordan Spieth to win so badly that they kept feeding information
on Spieth into Jim Nantz’s earphone all afternoon and Nantz spilled statistic after statistic on how Spieth would be the youngest Masters champion; the first player to win a Major within 6 months of winning his first tournament, etc. Was it because Tiger wasn’t in the field? I think that is definitely a factor but Mickelson missing the cut and McIlroy barely making the cut – contributed as well. CBS needs to re-tool the whole show for next year.