Sunday, September 20, 2020

Shot chart from NBC Sunday US Open telecast - 2020

Once again, I tracked the shots that NBC televised during the Sunday round of the US Open. The final pairing teed off at 1:30pm ET, so I started tracking at 1:00 to provide a reasonable comparison to the other majors I have monitored.

I counted 327 shots during the tracking period. This total includes 30 shots that NBC aired on its Playing Through split screen feature during seven of the commercial breaks. The final putt was holed at 5:59 resulting in a rate of only 1.09 strokes per minute. This was one of the lowest rates since I have been doing this tracking. It was down from the 1.17 shown by Fox during the 2019 US Open and way down from the 1.69 by CBS from the 2020 PGA Championship

NBC showed 65 strokes from winner Bryson DeChambeau skipping only tap-ins on the 2nd and 3rd holes. NBC aired 73 from runner-up Matthew Wolff covering all but tap-ins on holes 8 and 13. The top five finishers (all shown 30+ times) received 75% of the televised shots. NBC showed 19 golfers playing strokes during this period with nine players getting coverage for at least 11 shots. The highest finisher not shown during the period was Tony Finau who tied for 8th.

For much of the round, DeChambeau and Wolff were the only ones in serious contention so NBC spent a lot of time showing them preparing for shots and engaging in some caddy-player strategy discussions. Since they were paired together, NBC frequently stayed on the twosome to show both players live rather than being able to bounce around when the top contenders are in different groupings. 

NBC went commercial-free for the final 66 minutes of play, but seemed to show a huge volume of commercials during the rest of the monitoring period.

I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. The 1st hole was featured most often (35 strokes) with the 18th shown second most at 30. Hole 3 received the fewest televised shots (12).

This is the seventh 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 during the tracking period) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:

PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
  
Matthew Wolff73 (of 75)21
Bryson DeChambeau65 (of 67)11
Louis Oosthuizen4532
Xander Schauffele3353
Harris English3043
Rory McIlroy23T84
Justin Thomas13T810
Zach Johnson12T84
Hideki Matsuyama11T172
Dustin Johnson6T611
Webb Simpson4T87
Viktor Hovland2T135
Patrick Reed2T138
Joaquin Niemann2T237
Jon Rahm2T2317
Adam Long1T139
Will Zalatoris1T69
Bubba Watson1T3113
Daniel Berger1T3416
Tony Finau0T812
others0 
    
total327 

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
217
312
419
517
616
716
817
919
1019
1115
1221
1313
1414
1514
1617
1716
1830

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
others0 
    
total496 

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

Hole numberTelevised shots
134
223
318
426
526
622
728
819
929
1041
1125
1233
1332
1426
1521
1629
1722
1842