Woods' blowout victory translates to lower rating

By: associated press
By: associated press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Tiger Woods smoked the field but couldn't beat himself in the TV ratings.

In the first network golf coverage of the year, CBS got a 4.6 overnight rating from Sunday's final round at Torrey Pines, where Woods led by as many as 11 shots before winning by eight for his fourth consecutive Buick Invitational title.

It's golf's highest rating since the PGA Championship last August, but still down 18 percent from the Buick Invitational a year ago. That's when Woods held off Charles Howell III over the final holes to win by two. The final round last year drew a 5.6 overnight rating.

Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States. The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions.

National ratings are expected later in the week.

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