PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem might as well shut down the entire 2008 season. The TV ratings for golf tournaments, post-Tiger, are in, and they are absolutely abysmal. The PGA Championship had a 3.0 rating, down 55% from last year. Also, attendance at the tournaments are significantly down since Tiger retired for the season. You could see that this past weekend when Ben Curtis, who had a share for the lead, had only what looked like 10 people following his group. That’s embarrassing for a Sunday at a major.
So it appears that the PGA without Tiger Woods is more like the LPGA, where it’s tough to find any viewers. If the FedEx championship doesn’t do well, Tim Finchem should resign for creating such an expensive, bloated gimmick.