CHICAGO, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The perennial fan choice for "most likely to win a major," Tiger Woods is facing increasing competition from Phil Mickelson as the golf enthusiast's pick. EZLinks.com, golfers' online source for tee times, surveyed more than 200 golfers this week as part of the EZLinks.com Golfer Picks Poll* to determine who they thought would win this weekend's PGA Championship, and the answer was a draw – Tiger Woods (29%), Phil Mickelson (29%). Brandt Snedeker (8%) rounded out the top three predictions.
"EZLinks.com golfers know golf, playing more than 15 rounds a year on average," said Jeff Wright, Vice President Marketing and Golfer Engagement, EZLinks.com. "Tiger has been the perennial fan choice, however Phil is gaining ground. A win by either star is typically a win for the industry."
It is often reported that when top players win on tour, the golf industry benefits with increased sales. EZLinks Golf looked at rounds sold at more than 1,000 golf courses in the two days following Tiger and Phil's 2013 wins. Rounds booked increased 25% following Tiger's win at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational compared to rounds booked following the tournament in 2012. Rounds increased 21% following Phil's win at the 2013 Open Championship versus the two days following the tournament last year. **
"Though fans may be split on who will win this week's event, a championship from either star should have a positive effect on the industry," added Wright.
EZLinks is the world's largest tee time reservation network and offers great deals on thousands of tee times daily at EZLinks.com. With millions of golfers visiting EZLinks.com annually, EZLinks.com makes it easy for golfers to book their next round or to share their thoughts via the EZLinks.com Golfers Picks Polls.
About EZLinks Golf, Inc.
A pioneer in online reservations and tee time services, EZLinks was founded in 1995 and currently operates the world's largest golf reservations network as well as the industry's highest-volume tee time call center. The company provides tee sheet management software, 24/7 live customer support, custom online booking technology, golf course web development and integrated point-of-sale, email marketing and social media tools for the golf industry. EZLinks also operates EZLinks.com, an ecommerce site connecting golfers with great deals at more than 1,000 golf courses worldwide. Discover more at www.ezlinksgolf.com.
* EZLinks.com Golfer Picks Poll: phone survey of 209 active golfers conducted July 29 - August 4, 2013.
** Rounds booked data represents the change in rounds booked from 2012 to 2013 at 1,000 US golf courses in the two days following the conclusion of the golf tournament.
SOURCE EZLinks Golf, Inc.