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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Shot chart from NBC Sunday Open Championship telecast - 2018

I monitored the strokes televised by NBC during the final round of the Open Championship. I started tracking at 9am ET to provide a comparable time period to the other majors I have tracked. NBC televised 383 strokes during the tracking period. This total includes 30 shots that NBC aired as part of its Playing Through feature during 10 of the commercial breaks. With the final putt dropping at 1:57pm, the rate worked out to 1.29 strokes per minute.

NBC showed strokes from 21 different players during the tracking period with seven golfers being covered for at least 22 strokes. Those seven accounted for 84% of the televised shots. NBC televised 45 strokes from winner Francesco Molinari which was only the fourth highest total. NBC devoted air time to 65 strokes from Tiger Woods and spotlighted the final pairing of Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele for 58 and 55 shots respectively. The highest finishers not shown during this period were three of the players who were part of a tie for 12th.

I also recorded the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. The 18th was featured most frequently (39 strokes) followed by hole #1 (35 shots). On the other extreme, the 9th hole received only nine televised shots.

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 such shot charts since 2014.

Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finishers not shown during the tracking period) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Tiger Woods65 (of 71)T63
Jordan Spieth58T91
Xander Schauffele55T21
Francesco Molinari4513
Kevin Kisner40T22
Rory McIlroy35T25
Kevin Chappell22T62
Tommy Fleetwood10T126
Justin Rose9T27
Matt Kuchar7T95
Phil Mickelson7T2419
Eddie Pepperell5T619
Tony Finau4T99
Webb Simpson4T124
Alex Noren4T174
Zach Johnson4T176
Erik Van Rooyen4T1710
Jason Day2T1727
Bernhard Langer1T2418
Julian Suri1T2823
Sean Crocker1T4715
Cantlay/Moore/Olesen0T12
others0
total383

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

Hole numberTelevised shots
135
220
320
418
523
624
719
812
99
1016
1119
1219
1321
1426
1519
1619
1725
1839

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