Sunday, August 16, 2015

Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2015

I tracked the shots televised by CBS during the final round of the PGA Championship. On the telecast, CBS showed a total of 327 strokes from the Sunday round. CBS came on the air at 2pm ET and the final putt was holed at 7:11 resulting in an average of 1.05 strokes per minute - a decrease over the 1.16 rate from the 2014 PGA.

CBS showed every shot from winner Jason Day and all but one from runner-up Jordan Spieth (skipping only a tap-in par putt on hole 9). CBS focused most of the attention on the final two pairings. Those groupings (which produced the top four finishers) received 68% of the televised strokes. CBS showed 23 golfers playing strokes, but only six got coverage for more than 9 shots. The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Robert Streb (T10).

For comparison, here are the shot charts from the other 2015 events I tracked:
Note: The Masters post contains links to the shot charts from the 2014 majors.

Here is the complete shot chart:

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Jason Day67 (of 67)11
Jordan Spieth67 (of 68)21
Branden Grace4532
Justin Rose4242
Anirban Lahiri17T55
Dustin Johnson15T74
Martin Kaymer9T123
Rory McIlroy91710
Brendan Steele8T1215
Steve Stricker8T3026
Phil Mickelson7T1812
Bubba Watson7T2121
George Coetzee5T78
Brooks Koepka4T57
Matt Kuchar4T75
Rickie Fowler3T3020
Vijay Singh3T3728
Tony Finau2T103
Brandt Snedeker1T127
David Lingmerth1T1218
Justin Thomas1T1811
Matt Jones1T214
Jim Furyk1T3015
Robert Streb0T109

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy calling ABC college football in 1982

Bob Murphy is best known for his local TV and radio work for the New York Mets. Murphy was part of the original Mets broadcast crew starting in 1962 along with Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Murphy also called some regional college football telecasts for ABC with a variety of analysts. Here is a 1982 matchup between Missouri and Nebraska with analyst Tom Gatewood joining Murphy in the booth.

I don't recall ever having the chance to see Murphy announce a football game as my area always seemed to get the primary ABC telecast on regional weeks. So it was a treat to stumble onto this video and hear that great voice once again.

Murphy did have some prior football broadcast experience as he was the radio play-by-play voice for the AFL New York Titans in 1962 and 1963 (the franchise was renamed to the Jets between those seasons). And on a few of those games from the west coast, his booth partner was Kiner.