Sunday, May 19, 2019

Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2019

I tracked the strokes televised by CBS during the Sunday round of the PGA Championship. I counted 321 televised strokes from the 4th round. This total includes nine shots that CBS aired on its Eye On The Course split screen feature during four of the commercial breaks. This resulted in an average of 1.14 strokes per minute which was much lower than the 2017 PGA, but the same rate as the 2016 telecast.

CBS televised 73 strokes by winner Brooks Koepka, skipping only a tap-in putt on hole 7. The network aired 67 strokes from runner-up Dustin Johnson, bypassing his tap-ins on the first two holes. Jazz Janewottananond received the next most frequent coverage (39 strokes) but was not shown after hole 13.

Nine players received coverage for at least 10 shots. Late in the round with so few players in contention, CBS shifted into a mode of primarily showing just Koepka and DJ. Overall, CBS showed 20 different golfers playing strokes, but eight of these were for a single shot. The highest finishers not shown at all by CBS were four of the six players who tied for 8th (Matt Kuchar, Shane Lowry, Adam Scott, and Gary Woodland).

I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. The 12th was featured the most (25 strokes) with holes 3 and 11 receiving coverage for 24 shots each. CBS devoted the fewest televised strokes to the 14th and 16th holes (only 10 shots each).

CBS made a very questionable decision to interview DJ while Koepka was hitting an important layup shot on the 18th from what appeared to be a tricky lie. CBS also made a blunder after the final group completed hole 5 when it displayed a scorecard graphic for Harold Varner III showing him making a bogey on hole 6 (which he had not yet started!) and showing his overall score at E when he was still at -1. Jim Nantz, apparently reading from the incorrect graphic, rattled off Varner's run of poor scores including the phantom score from the 6th hole.

This is the sixth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to other majors, see the summary table which contains links to all of these charts since 2014. (Note: I was busy during the Sunday round of the 2018 PGA and never compiled that chart, but I have a DVR copy of that telecast and may get to it eventually.)

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


PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Brooks Koepka7311
Dustin Johnson6723
Jazz Janewattananond39T142
Harold Varner III34T361
Matt Wallace23T34
Jordan Spieth22T36
Hideki Matsuyama17T163
Patrick Cantlay16T35
Rory McIlroy10T816
Luke List662
Jason Day3T2315
Rickie Fowler3T367
Sung Kang177
Erik Van Rooyen1T86
Lucas Bjerregaard1T169
Lucas Glover1T169
Webb Simpson1T2921
Kiradech Aphinbarnrat1T4114
Francesco Molinari1T4822
Zach Johnson1T5422
Kuchar/Lowry/Scott/Woodland0T8
others0
total321

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


Hole numberTelevised shots
122
221
324
421
520
612
713
812
919
1023
1124
1225
1316
1410
1514
1610
1714
1821

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2019

For the sixth time, I tracked the number of strokes that CBS televised per player during the Sunday round of the Masters. The telecast began at 9am ET (after tee times were moved earlier to beat the storms) with players grouped in threesomes. I counted a total of 450 televised strokes. The final putt dropped at 2:27 resulting in an average of 1.38 strokes per minute which was slightly less than the rate of the 2018 Masters, but still the third highest of all major tournaments I have tracked since 2014.

CBS covered 69 of the 70 strokes from winner Tiger Woods (skipping only a tap-in putt on hole #1). Francesco Molinari actually received coverage for 70 shots. His final score of 74 included two penalty strokes, so CBS only bypassed two of his shots (a layup on 15 and his tee shot on 17). Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau were spotlighted for 59 shots each. Those four players accounted for 57% of the televised shots.

The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Aaron Wise who finished 17th. CBS televised strokes from 26 players during the Sunday round and 11 golfers were covered for at least 10 shots.

I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. Once again, the 18th was featured the most (38 strokes). Hole #5 was featured second most often (33 strokes) while the 14th hole received the fewest televised strokes as CBS only aired 14 shots there.

This is the sixth 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
Francesco Molinari70 (of 72*)T51
Tiger Woods69 (of 70)11
Brooks Koepka59T22
Tony Finau59T51
Xander Schauffele36T23
Ian Poulter28T122
Patrick Cantlay24T95
Webb Simpson14T52
Rickie Fowler12T94
Dustin Johnson10T24
Jason Day10T57
Phil Mickelson8T186
Jon Rahm7T96
Matt Kuchar7T123
Bubba Watson7T127
Jordan Spieth7T218
Alvaro Ortiz4T3616
Justin Harding3T123
Justin Thomas3T126
Rory McIlroy3T2114
Louis Oosthuizen3T294
Viktor Hovland3T3212
Thorbjorn Olesen1T215
Bryson DeChambeau1T2913
Patrick Reed1T3617
Alex Noren1T6222
Aaron Wise01711
others0
total450

* Molinari 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.


Hole numberTelevised shots
123
229
321
423
533
622
723
827
928
1022
1119
1222
1318
1414
1531
1626
1731
1838

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Unusual Fox announcer assignment for NFL playoffs (not seen since 1980)

The network which has the late Sunday afternoon window on NFL Divisional Playoff weekend almost always sends its #1 announcer crew to that game. This time slot traditionally obtains the highest ratings of any NFL playoff weekend and networks typically assign their top broadcast team to the game expected to draw the best TV rating.

However, this weekend, Fox has the late Sunday slot (Eagles-Saints), but is not using its #1 team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on that game. Instead, Fox is sending its #2 announcer team of Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis to New Orleans. Fox is using Buck and Aikman on the Saturday prime time Cowboys-Rams game despite the fact that Eagles-Saints will almost certainly garner a much higher rating due to its favorable time slot.

The last time a network which had the late Sunday afternoon window chose to send its top announcers to a different divisional playoff game was during the 1980 playoffs when CBS sent its #1 team of Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier to call the early Saturday Vikings-Eagles game and assigned the #2 crew of Vin Scully and George Allen to the late Sunday Cowboys-Falcons matchup.

So the Fox announcer assignments for this weekend represent a situation that hasn't happened in 38 years - and has only occurred three previous times since the 1970 merger.

Here is a summary of the rare cases where a network which had the late Sunday divisional playoff window sent its #1 announcer crew to a different game (all years refer to the NFL season, even when the playoff games were played in January):

2018 - Fox - described above

1980 - CBS - described above

1978 - CBS - #1 team of Summerall and Brookshier called Falcons-Cowboys (late Saturday)
                         #2 team of Scully, Allen, and Jim Brown called Vikings-Rams (late Sunday)

1972 - NBC - #1 team of Curt Gowdy and Al Derogatis called Raiders-Steelers "immaculate reception" (early Saturday)
                          #2 team of Jim Simpson and Kyle Rote called Browns-Dolphins (late Sunday)