The 2013 version of The Masters proved why sports is the best in unscripted television. Who would have thought at the beginning of the week that a 14 year old from China would make the cut at Augusta, Tiger Woods would become embroiled in a bizarre controversy over an illegal drop that had many in the game calling for him to withdraw, and Adam Scott would outduel Angel Cabrera in one of the best final hours in major championship history.
All of those ingredients combined for a highly rated final round of The Masters for CBS. Sunday's playoff earned a 10.2 overnight rating, which was way up versus last year's playoff that fell on Easter Sunday and peaked at a 13.4 rating during the playoff…
Final-round coverage of The #Masters on CBS earns avg. overnight rtg/shr of 10.2/21, up 26%.Rating peaked w/ a 13.4/25 from 7-7:30 pm, ET
— CBS Sports PR(@CBSSportsGang) April 15, 2013
If that 10.2 overnight rating holds firm, it would actually be the second highest rated Masters since 2001, when Tiger Woods' victory drew a 13.3 number. The only rating that would surpass Scott's victory would be Phil Mickelson's second green jacket in 2010 and that includes 2 victories by Woods and another by Mickelson.
Yesterday's final round was a great recipe for golf and The Masters. Although Tiger Woods never got within reasonable striking distance, he was on the leaderboard throughout Sunday. The lead changed hands several times on the Back 9 between Scott, Cabrera, and Jason Day. And what more could you ask for than Scott and Cabrera birdieing the 18th in dramatic back to back fashion and Scott winning the playoff with a birdie on 10? Those last 3 holes were as good as it gets and the storyline of Scott's first major victory after a promising career and memorable collapse in last year's British Open added to the moment.