The ShotLink System is a proprietary system used by the PGA Tour to track golf shots in real-time. With this system, the tour can track every shot a player takes during a round and turn this into advanced golf statistics such as strokes gained data.
These statistics are brought to you by the PGA Tour's ShotLink system.
The tour implemented its first electronic scoreboard in 1983. In 1987, this system became wireless, and in 1992, it evolved to a comprehensive scoring system. In 1999, the TOUR decided to rethink the system, which became the foundation for ShotLink, which powers many tour events to this day.
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The PGA TOUR ShotLink System is a revolutionary technology launched in 2001, capturing real-time data on every shot during tournament play, transforming the viewer experience and bringing fans closer to the action.
The PGA TOUR's journey to ShotLink began in 1983 with an electronic scoreboard system. By 1999, recognizing the need for a more sophisticated system, the TOUR introduced ShotLink, which has since evolved into a world-class scoring platform over the last 20 years.
Before each event, golf courses are digitally mapped, enabling precise shot location calculations. ShotLink sensors, including radar, cameras, and lasers, capture flight and resting locations for every shot, providing instantaneous data to a global audience.
ShotLink operates across multiple TOURs, delivering data to broadcast partners, international outlets, PGATOUR.COM, studio shows, players, coaches, media, mobile devices, and on-site partners. With over 2,500 executions annually, ShotLink enhances broadcasts and provides valuable insights for various stakeholders, including golf course architects evaluating course changes.
You can learn more about the history of ShotLink here.