NEW YORK (AP) — With Tiger Woods missing the cut, the U.S. Open’s TV viewership for the final round was down 30 percent from the last time the tournament was on the West Coast.
Sunday’s coverage on Fox averaged 6.7 million viewers. That was down from 9.6 million when the U.S. Open was last played on the West Coast in 2012, which allows for the final holes to be played in prime time in much of the country. Woods still had an outside chance to contend going into the fourth round that year, though he got off to a slow Sunday start and was never a factor on the last day.
This was the first Open of Fox’s 12-year contract with the USGA to take over coverage from NBC.