Women's Open a flop on TV

JOHN HERBERT -- LONDON FREE PRESS

, Last Updated: 1:42 PM ET

The Canadian Womens Open was a spectator hit in London but a television flop in Canada.

Record crowds came to the London Hunt and Country Club every day but Rogers Sportsnet failed to capture a significant share of the television audience in Canada.

A record 61,000 attended the tournament including 16,500 on the final day. Only 94,000 across Canada watched on television as American Cristie Kerr captured the championship in dramatic fashion on the 72nd hole when leader Angela Stanford three-putted.

The Royal Canadian Golf Association said television viewership was 46,000 for the opening round, 50,000 for Round 2 and 70,000 for the third round.

RCGA media spokesperson Anthony Alfred said the numbers were lower than in 2005 when the championship was carried on TSN.

Alfred added that in 2005, the Canadian Womens Open followed the mens British Open on TSN and that helped increase viewership. This year TSN carried the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto competing with Rogers Sportsnet for viewers.

The RCGA paid an undisclosed amount of money to Sportsnet to televise the golf tournament.

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