TV Rating 2nd highest in 10 years

The Nielsen TV ratings for the final day of the Masters were down on last year, but up on the previous 10 years.

The preliminary Nielsen TV ratings for the final day of the Masters at Augusta National on Sunday went down from last year’s 12.0 when American golf idol Phil Mickelson won and Tiger Woods made his first post-sex scandal comeback to golf,

But South African surprise package Charl Schwartzel’s thrilling victory on a final day when a dozen players were in the hunt for a Green Jacket, including Woods himself, did generate the second-highested-rated final round in the last 10 years, according to the New York Times.

A first-nine, five-birdie charge took Woods into a share of the lead at 10-under at the turn, but when his putter went cold and first round leader Rory McIlroy stumbled into a stunning meltdown, it was Australian Adam Scott, followed by fellow countryman Jason Day and Schwartzel who broke away from the bunch and it was Schwartzel who eventually raced clear with four closing birdies