Monday, June 16, 2014

Shot chart from the NBC Sunday US Open telecast

For the Sunday round of the US Open, I tracked the strokes shown on the NBC telecast by each player. In April, I did a similar shot chart from the CBS Sunday Masters telecast. With the final tee time at at 3:35 pm ET, I chose to start the tracking at 3 pm to provide a reasonable comparison to the more limited Sunday TV coverage of the Masters. As I did in the Masters chart, I disregarded any strokes shown from previous rounds and did not double-count any strokes shown multiple times.

Not surprisingly, NBC showed every stroke played by champion Martin Kaymer (and frequently replayed highlights from his tremendous performance). NBC focused most of the other coverage on the handful of players near the top of the leaderboard, but the final round lacked drama with Kaymer dominating the field.

NBC showed a total of 26 golfers during this time period with eight golfers being covered for at least 10 shots. NBC televised 312 strokes during this window. The final putt was holed at 7:38 pm, so this worked out to an average of 1.12 shots per minute during the tracking period. CBS got in 1.18 shots per minute on my Masters tracking but, of course, the Masters telecasts have much less commercial time. The highest finisher not shown during the tracking period was Jimmy Walker who tied for 9th.

Here is the complete shot chart:

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Martin Kaymer69 (of 69)11
Rickie Fowler58T21
Erik Compton56T22
Dustin Johnson34T43
Henrik Stenson19T42
Justin Rose14T125
Brandt Snedeker13T93
Matt Kuchar10T124
Keegan Bradley7T415
Adam Scott3T911
Phil Mickelson3T2817
Sergio Garcia3T3518
Ernie Els3T3519
Brooks Koepka2T44
Jason Day2T49
Jim Furyk2T1221
Jordan Spieth2T176
Ian Poulter2T1714
Rory McIlroy2T2311
Ryan Moore2T4815
Kevin Na1T125
Steve Stricker1T2113
Victor Dubuisson1T287
Zach Johnson1T4022
Zac Blair1T4023
Retief Goosen1T4516
Jimmy Walker0T99

Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 =  final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.

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