Social Media Criticises CBS Sports WGC Leaderboard

The leaderboard described Matt Fitzpatrick and Tom Lewis as having zero career wins

Social Media Criticises CBS Sports WGC Leaderboard
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The leaderboard described Matt Fitzpatrick and Tom Lewis as having zero career wins

Social Media Criticises CBS Sports WGC Leaderboard

For the second week running, CBS Sports' leaderboard has come under fire as "nonsense" and "absurd" for referring to players' PGA Tour wins as 'career wins'.

The World Golf Championships are sanctioned by all major tours across the world but the wins column was only showing PGA Tour victories, hence why both Tom Lewis and Matt Fitzpatrick were listed as having '0' career wins.

Golf fans know that Matt Fitzpatrick has won five times on the European Tour and Tom Lewis has won twice on the European Tour, once on the Korn Ferry Tour and once on the Challenge Tour, however somebody who does not have much golf knowledge would instantly think that these players had never won before.

It's a similar theme with Brooks Koepka who was listed as having seven career wins, when he has actually won 14 times around the world as a professional.

Ian Poulter called it "pathetic."

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"It's a WGC event – created by the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA, European, Asian, Japan, Australasia & Sunshine) – so yes, if a player has won on those tours, it should say so. That graphic is absurd," Barry Havenga wrote in the comments of the photo he posted on Twitter.

Matt Fitzpatrick joked that is was a "bit harsh."

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"Saw this last night as well. Such nonsense. Apparently the DP World season ending tournaments doesn’t exist..," one user wrote.

"This was outrageous, tbh. Such a slap in the face," another said.

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In the previous week's 3M Open, the leaderboard was also criticised on social media with Alex Noren, a 10-time European Tour winner, listed as having '0' career wins.

Charl Schwartzel was listed as having two career wins despite 15 victories around the world including 11 European Tour triumphs.

Let's hope the graphic changes to either 'Pro wins' or 'PGA Tour wins' in the future to make things a little clearer.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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