Monday, August 10, 2020

Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2020

Once again, I tracked the strokes televised by CBS during the Sunday round of the PGA Championship. I started the tracking at 4pm ET and counted 496 televised strokes from the final round. This total includes 33 shots that CBS aired on its Eye On The Course split screen feature during seven of the commercial breaks. I stopped the tracking when the final group putted out. This resulted in an average of 1.69 strokes per minute which is by far the highest I have ever recorded for any golf major since starting this tracking in 2014. The previous high was 1.41 for the 2017 Masters. For comparison, the 2019 PGA had only 1.14 shots per minute.

With no paying spectators in attendance, CBS focused on golf rather than fan reactions. With so many players in contention, CBS moved around constantly and showed between 48 and 57 strokes for seven different players. Eleven players received coverage for at least 10 shots. Overall, CBS showed 27 different golfers playing strokes during the tracking period, but 13 of those players only got three shots or fewer. The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Brendan Todd who tied for 17th.

I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. The 18th was featured the most (42 strokes) with the par 5 10th getting 41. The 3rd hole was shown the least (18 televised strokes). 

It will be interesting to see the televised shot rates for the upcoming majors which will also be played without fans. 

This is the seventh 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. 

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

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Dustin Johnson57 T21
Scottie Scheffler55T41
Bryson DeChambeau54T44
Collin Morikawa5212
Tony Finau52T44
Paul Casey49T23
Cameron Champ48T102
Jason Day33T45
Matthew Wolff23T48
Brooks Koepka17T293
Justin Rose1095
Xander Schauffele8T108
Justin Thomas7T3718
Rory McIlroy7T3324
Harold Varner III3T2913
Patrick Reed3T1313
Daniel Berger3T136
Tommy Fleetwood2T296
Jon Rahm2T1312
Haotong Li2T179
Denny McCarthy2T5820
Mike Lorenzo-Vera2T4310
Adam Scott1T2217
Joel Dahmen1T107
Si Woo Kim1T137
Harris English1T1918
Lanto Griffin1T1914
Brendan Todd0T1715

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

Hole numberTelevised shots

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