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THE ZAPPER
John O'Keefe
December 03, 2001
ABC's alteration of its Skins Game format, forcing a golfer to "validate" by winning or halving the hole after winning a skin (page 36), created a $1 million payoff for the only validator, Greg Norman. For us, the new system, with all its carryovers, produced more frustration than suspense (besides, during the tape-delayed broadcast the result was already all over the Internet), but what do we know? With Tiger Woods a Skins competitor for the first time since 1997, the overnight Nielsens for Sunday's round soared, logging in at a healthy 4.1—58% higher than last year's.
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December 03, 2001

The Zapper

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ABC's alteration of its Skins Game format, forcing a golfer to "validate" by winning or halving the hole after winning a skin (page 36), created a $1 million payoff for the only validator, Greg Norman. For us, the new system, with all its carryovers, produced more frustration than suspense (besides, during the tape-delayed broadcast the result was already all over the Internet), but what do we know? With Tiger Woods a Skins competitor for the first time since 1997, the overnight Nielsens for Sunday's round soared, logging in at a healthy 4.1—58% higher than last year's.

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