Sunday, April 8, 2018

Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2018

I tracked the number of strokes that CBS aired per player during the Sunday round of the Masters. The telecast began at 2pm ET and I counted a total of 387 televised strokes. The final putt dropped at 6:38 which worked out to an average of 1.39 strokes per minute, a slight decrease over the rate from the 2017 Masters, but still the second highest of all major tournaments I have tracked since 2014.

CBS covered all 71 strokes from winner Patrick Reed. Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy were spotlighted for 58 shots each. Runner-up Rickie Fowler and third place finisher Jordan Spieth also received significant coverage. Overall those five players accounted for over 74% of the televised shots. Early in the telecast, CBS went overboard on the well out-of-contention Tiger Woods who was shown for 18 strokes (two of which were taped highlights from prior to airtime) which wound up being the sixth most of any player. CBS also included a 3-stroke highlight package of Phil Mickelson who had already completed his round.

The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Marc Leishman who wound up 9th (after being featured prominently on Saturday). CBS televised strokes from just 22 players during the Sunday round.

I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. The 18th was featured the most (36 strokes). I was a bit surprised at a few other results from this tracking. Hole #1 was seen second most often (29 strokes). And the iconic par-3 12th received the fewest televised stokes as CBS only showed 10 shots from that hole.

This is the fifth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see this summary table which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.

Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Patrick Reed71 (of 71)11
Jon Rahm5842
Rory McIlroy58T51
Rickie Fowler5422
Jordan Spieth4835
Tiger Woods18T3220
Henrik Stenson17T53
Paul Casey17T1515
Justin Thomas11T175
Bubba Watson8T54
Webb Simpson5T2018
Cameron Smith4T56
Dustin Johnson4T106
Tony Finau3T1010
Phil Mickelson3T3625
Fred Couples2T3819
Justin Rose1T127
Charley Hoffman1T1210
Jimmy Walker 1T209
Jason Day1T208
Branden Grace1T2421
Doug Ghim1T5024
Marc Leishman094

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

Hole numberTelevised shots


  1. Mark Leishman finished in the top ten, yet they didn’t show one shot on Sunday? Louis Oosthuizen finished in the top 12, nearly had another hole in one, and he may have had five shots covered over four days.

    Clearly, golf coverage is skewed too much towards the players the network likes.

  2. Maybe add a note that Charley Hoffman's one televised shot was his hole in one at 16