Tiger Woods Helps Masters Score Record-Breaking Ratings
Posted on Fri Apr 9, 2010 03:01 PM PDT

tiger200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - ESPN has struck ratings gold with the first round of the Masters Tournament. With Tiger Woods return to the sport, Masters Round 1 scored 4.9 million viewers.

This was the biggest audience ever in cable golf telecast history...marking a 47% increase from last year's first-round. The record was previously held by the 2008 U.S. Open Championship.

The tournament's coverage also helped to double the ratings for ESPN's SportsCenter.

As for Tiger's performance, analysts claim this was his best opening round score at the Masters to date.

The Masters Tournament will continue through Sunday.

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