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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Shot chart from NBC Sunday Open Championship telecast - 2019

I tracked the strokes televised by NBC during the Sunday round of the Open Championship. I started tracking at 8am ET to provide a comparable time period to the other majors I have tracked. NBC televised 389 strokes during the tracking period. This total includes 46 shots that NBC aired as part of its Playing Through feature during 13 of the commercial breaks. The last putt dropped at 1:09pm resulting in a rate of 1.26 strokes per minute which was down slightly from the 2018 Open, but was up over the previous two 2019 majors.

NBC showed strokes from 23 different players during the tracking period with eight golfers being covered for at least 23 strokes. Those eight accounted for 85% of the televised shots. NBC televised every stroke from winner Shane Lowry and all but one from runner-up Tommy Fleetwood (skipping only a tap-in on hole 11). That final pairing accounted for 45% of all televised strokes. Third place finisher Tony Finau was only covered for eight strokes. The highest finisher not shown during this period was Robert MacIntyre who was part of a tie for 6th.

I also counted the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. Hole #1 (43 strokes) was featured most frequently by far as no other hole received more than 27 shots. On the flipside, the 15th hole was covered for just 10 televised srokes.

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 of my shot charts since 2014.

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

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Tommy Fleetwood73 (of 74)21
Shane Lowry72 (of 72)11
Brooks Koepka41T42
Rickie Fowler38T63
Justin Thomas28T1111
Lee Westwood27T44
Jordan Spieth26T206
JB Holmes23T672
Jon Rahm10T115
Danny Willett9T64
Henrik Stenson9T206
Tony Finau835
Justin Rose8T203
Patrick Reed31011
Matt Kuchar3T417
Matthew Fitzpatrick2T2012
Stewart Cink2T2025
Dustin Johnson2T5118
Tyrell Hatton1T613
Ryan Fox1T1623
Ernie Els1T3221
Dylan Frittelli1T328
Mikko Korhonen1T6318
Robert MacIntyre0T617
others0
total389

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

Hole numberTelevised shots
143
222
314
419
522
616
723
822
914
1027
1123
1227
1318
1416
1510
1621
1725
1826

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