MediaAugust 18, 2015

Here's another amazing Jordan Spieth stat: 93 percent of his final-round shots at this year's majors were shown on TV

Considering Jordan Spieth had a legitimate chance of winning all four majors this season, it's not surprising to learn the 22-year-old Texan got a lot of TV time. But a closer look at the numbers yields another stat that makes Spieth's 2015 campaign one for the record books.

Classic TV Sports charted every shot from the final-round broadcasts for all four majors (and the Players) and it turns out golf fans pretty much saw every one of Spieth's shots. Well, 93 percent of them to be precise, but close enough.

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Overall, Spieth, the winner of the Masters and the U.S. Open, had 257 of a possible 276 shots shown on TV. He had two tournaments in which viewers missed out on seeing one shot (tap-in pars at the Masters and the PGA Championship). PGA winner Jason Day had all 67 of his Sunday shots at Whistling Straits aired and finished second to Spieth for the season with 176 shots shown overall (62 percent).

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No other player had 40 percent of their final-round shots aired. Justin Rose, who was fourth at the PGA and T-2 at the Masters, was third with 110 shots, followed by Dustin Johnson, who finished T-2 at the U.S. Open and T-7 at the PGA, at 105 shots. Zach Johnson had by far the fewest shots shown of any winner with just 40 of his 66 strokes (Classic TV Sports didn't include playoff data to keep things even among the four majors) making it onto the air in his come-from-behind victory.

As for the networks, Classic TV Sports revealed a clear winner when it came to shots shown per minute. ESPN led the way at 1.23 for its final-round coverage, although one wonders if that tournament finishing on a Monday affected those numbers at all. NBC, perhaps trying to make up for the fact it didn't televise a major this year, blew the four majors away with its 1.33 shots/minute on Sunday at the Players.

Fox's major debut at the U.S. Open matched CBS' Masters coverage with a solid 1.18 shots/minute. Unfortunately, CBS didn't match that effort during the PGA, coming in with a paltry 1.05. Unfortunately for fans, that meant seeing more OMEGA commercials and less live golf. Well, not counting Jordan Spieth, of course.


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