Sunday, August 13, 2017

Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2017

I tracked the strokes televised by CBS during the final round of the PGA Championship. On Sunday, CBS showed 401 strokes from the 4th round. This worked out to an average of 1.32 strokes per minute - which was much higher than the previous three PGA Championship Sunday telecasts I have tracked.

CBS televised 55 strokes by winner Justin Thomas. Playing partner Hideki Matsuyama who was in stronger contention early in the round was seen most often (68). Along with third round leader Kevin Kisner (64) and Chris Stroud (52), the final two pairings accounted for 60% of the televised shots.

At one point during the round, eight golfers were within two shots of the lead. CBS bounced around frequently to show key shots from the many contenders. A whopping eight players received coverage for at least 25 shots. CBS devoted 87% of the televised strokes to those eight players. Overall, CBS showed 23 different golfers playing strokes. The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Justin Smith (T9).

I have compiled these televised shot charts since 2014. For comparison to other majors, see the summary table which contains links to all of these charts. (Note: I was busy during the Sunday round of the 2017 Open Championship and never compiled that chart, but I have a DVR copy of that telecast and may get to it some day).

Here is the complete shot chart:

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Hideki Matsuyama68 (of 71*)T52
Kevin Kisner64 (of 72**)T71
Justin Thomas5512
Chris Stroud52T91
Patrick Reed30T24
Louis Oosthuizen28T23
Francesco Molinari28T26
Rickie Fowler25T58
Jordan Spieth14T2821
Graham DaLaet6T74
Jason Day5T99
Grayson Murray4T223
Ian Poulter4T2221
Sung Kang3T447
Jon Rahm3T5822
Matt Kuchar2T915
Brooks Koepka2T1318
Dustin Johnson2T1327
Gary Woodland2T225
Jason Kokrak2T3326
Marc Leishman1T1324
Chez Reavie1T226
Jordan Smith0T915

* Matsuyama took 71 "shots" plus one penalty stroke for a score of 72
* Kisner took 72 "shots" plus two penalty strokes for a score of 74

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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