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Phil vs. Tiger a ratings bonanza

By Marla Published: February 14, 2012

To no one's surprise, the final-round pairing of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am drew its highest viewer average in 23 years, according to a press release from CBS.

The broadcast drew 7.4 million viewers, the highest final round in the event since 1989, when Mark O'Meara won. Mickelson shot a 64 to beat Charlie Wi by two strokes. It was Mickelson's 40th professional victory and his fourth in this tournament.

The preliminary final-round rating of 4.9 was up 113 percent from last year and was the highest in 11 years, according to CBS. Between 5:30 and 6 p.m., 8.4 million were watching. It was the most-watched and highest-rated final round of the non-majors in five years.

Woods putted poorly and shot 75, finishing tied for 15th.



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