TIGER WOODS                                                            RICKIE FOWLER

Nobody would argue that the main reason television viewers would tune into a golf tournament in November (otherwise known as peak football season, with pros jockeying for playoff position and colleges determine their top four) is Tiger Woods. The top brass at NBC certainly hoped so. However, Rickie Fowler had other ideas.

As expected, all eyes were on Tiger as 18 top pros teed off at the World Hero Challenge in Nassau, The Bahamas. Woods did substantially better than in his previous “comebacks.” He shot three-under-par rounds in four days of competition, and while critics point out that it was hardly “vintage Tiger,” Woods was better than half the field, finishing ninth. More importantly, Woods navigated the Albany Golf Club course with no ill effects from the back surgeries that have sidelined him for three years.

Rickie Fowler was the golfer that looked like the Tiger of old, especially on Sunday. He started his day with seven birdies to ultimately erase a seven-shot deficit. Fowler’s 18-under par 270 was four shots better than Charlie Hoffmann.

It didn’t matter that fans started the day talking about Tiger. They ended it talking about World Hero Challenge champion Rickie Fowler.