Final Round of 2014 U.S. Open Lowest Golf TV Ratings Ever?

Martin Kaymer’s incredible display of dominance at last week’s 2014 U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst resulted in TV ratings on the exact opposite side of the spectrum.

According to the L.A. Times, NBC earned an abysmal 3.3 overnight rating for the final round of the U.S. Open. That’s a staggering 46 percent rating decline in comparison to last year’s final round when Justin Rose won at Merion Golf Club, and could very well be the lowest figure for a Sunday at the U.S. Open on record.

It’s very likely a large number of golf fans spent their Sunday afternoon in ways other than watching Kaymer dismantle the tournament field. For one, the combination of the Father’s Day holiday and an unusually late final group tee time (3:35 p.m. EST) likely contributed to shortened attention spans across the nation.

Plus, Kaymer isn’t exactly the most recognizable name in pro golf. You literally didn’t have to watch a minute of the tournament past Thursday afternoon to see the eventual tournament winner. No offense, Martin.

The U.S. Women’s Open Championship takes place this week at the very same Pinehurst No. 2 course, playing under the same conditions that gave many of their male peers fits all week. Who wants to bet that this tournament brings in higher TV ratings?

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