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Night golf was a smash hit, with Saturday's 4.5 rating up 22% from last year while Sunday's tune-in rose 35% to 6.9. Sadly, Tiger and Phil in prime time might be the best one-two punch the Peacock's had since Friends and Seinfeld.
He's most definitely back, and considering where his game has been, Els is having a great season with two wins and a top three at the Open, but the Big Card Table pushed it to three under at one point on Sunday and then collapsed as if the Tiger Woods of days gone by was closing in on him.
Tiger and Phil
Is it too much to ask the two best players in the world to shoot even par in the final round of the Open? Once Dustin Johnson imploded, there was no pressure to post a score. Yes, the course was hard, but it didn't make Tiger hit a snap hook into the trees or Phil three-putt from 15 feet. No one likes potty humor, but Woods and Mickelson played like No. 1 and No. 2.
He woke up on Sunday with the chance to become king of the world, a 25-year-old three-time winner and U.S. Open champion. Then he coughed up six shots in the first four holes and wobbled home, meaning that he woke up on Tuesday morning as the 26-year-old king of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
He went Buddha to Buddha with Tiger at last year's PGA, wearing all white (calm) to trump Woods's red shirt (strength), and won, but the inside-out Skittles bag he sported on Friday looked like it was stolen from the Menudo museum. Maybe that's why the Buddha is so often depicted laughing.