The 2021 Masters Tournament will take place over four days, from April 8-11. As always, this event will be held at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, USA although there will be a limited number of spectators this time around. On the plus side, you can stream the entire tournament online. Below, we’ll explain how to follow all of the action, wherever you are.
This post will only recommend official Masters Tournament broadcasters. Although there are often unlicensed streams available for high-profile sporting events, we advise against using them. The video is usually laggy and low-resolution, to begin with. Unauthorized streams are often taken offline partway through by the copyright holder, too, so there’s a good chance you won’t get to see who wins the event. With several legitimate ways to watch, there’s really no reason to watch the Masters on unlicensed streaming sites.
The Masters will only be broadcast on region-locked platforms. If you’re traveling abroad and want to watch on your usual services, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN hides your internet connection and allows you to appear as if you are browsing the web from somewhere else. This is useful for protecting your privacy and for accessing geo-locked services from abroad.
How to stream the Masters Tournament free online with a VPN
VPNs can seem confusing at first but it’s actually fairly simple to access geo-restricted platforms abroad. Just follow the steps below.
Here’s how to watch the Masters Tournament 2021 online, for free:
- First, sign up for a suitable VPN service. We recommend NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two high-quality alternatives.
- Next, download and install the VPN app. There will be a few different versions so make sure to get the right one for your device.
- Decide which of the streaming services below you’d like to use.
- Connect to a VPN server in the appropriate location. For example, you’ll need a British server to access the BBC iPlayer abroad, or a US server for CBS.
- Try playing a video on your chosen site. It should load instantly, but if not, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, then refresh the page.
As the Masters will be shown live, it’s important to test your VPN well in advance of tee time. This ensures that if there are any problems, you’ll still have time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team and won’t have to miss any of the action.
Where can I watch the 2021 Masters online?
In previous years, you could stream the final stages of the Masters on BBC iPlayer but this is no longer the case. From now on, this service will only show highlights, with Sky Sports taking over as the official broadcaster. Existing Sky TV customers can stream the event online using the Sky Go app at no extra cost.
Don’t worry; there’s an easy way to watch the Masters without cable: just sign up for a Sky Sports pass on Now TV. These start at £9.99 per day with a discount for those willing to commit to six months upfront.
These services are only available in the UK, so if you’re abroad, you’ll have to use a VPN. NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, meaning you can use it to stream the 2021 Masters live from anywhere.
Coverage of the 2021 Masters will be split between CBS and ESPN. Both channels can be streamed online at no added cost if they’re included in your cable TV package. If not, CBS All Access costs $5.99 USD per month.
Alternatively, you could just sign up for fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV since all of these services carry both channels. Best of all, these platforms all offer a one-week free trial, allowing you to watch the Masters for free, provided you cancel afterward.
All of the above services are geo-blocked and only available in the US. This means that you’ll have to use one of your VPN’s American servers to access them from abroad.
CTV will be showing the final two rounds of the 2021 Masters live. However, to watch, you have to sign in with your cable provider details, and there’s no over-the-top subscription option. Luckily, there are two other broadcasters airing this event: TSN and RDS. These platforms will have similar coverage, but TSN’s will be in English while RDS will have French commentary.
Both of these services are showing all four day’s events. Further, each offers daily and monthly passes for $7.99 CAD and $19.99 CAD, respectively. While neither TSN nor RDS offers a free trial, you can watch online at no added cost if your cable package already includes your chosen service.
CTV, TSN, and RDS are geo-locked and can only be used if you’re either in Canada or using a Canadian VPN server.
Australian golf fans can stream the Masters tournament in its entirety on Kayo. While this service usually costs $25 AUD per month, it comes with a two-week trial, meaning you can watch the Masters for free as long as you cancel in time.
This service is only available in Australia, so you’ll need a VPN to access it from abroad.
2021 Masters Tournament FAQs
Why can’t I watch the pre-tournament practices online?
Augusta National Golf Course is very particular about what can and can’t be broadcast during the Masters. It forbids any network from streaming live coverage until 11AM PST (2PM EST/ 7PM BST), which, unfortunately, means that some events, like the pre-tournament practices, can only be watched by attendees.
The rules don’t end there, though; there are even vocabulary guidelines that all commentators must follow. For instance, the fans must be referred to as “patrons” and never a “crowd,” there should be no mention of the tournament’s prize money (which is $11 million this year), and announcers aren’t allowed to estimate the length of a putt.
How does the Masters Tournament work?
For the most part, the Masters works like any other major. There are four rounds, each consisting of 18 holes. During the first two rounds, players compete in groups of three. Once these rounds are completed, there’s a cut, wherein only the top 50 golfers (ties are included) and anyone within 10 strokes of the leader progress. The remaining players then participate in two more rounds of standard stroke play.
There is one difference between the Masters and other tournaments, however. If, after four rounds, there’s a tie, it goes to sudden death. Golfers then play the 18th and 10th holes repeatedly until there’s a winner. This is a very rare occurrence, with just 11 instances in over 80 years. Further, in each case, this format produced a winner in two holes or less.
Who is expected to do well at this year's Masters?
Once again, Dustin Johnson is the favorite for this year's Masters. He's put in a fantastic showing here previously, including shooting a 20-under-par. Woods isn't competing this time and Koepka is recovering from an injury but Johnson still has stiff competition in the form of Bryson DeChambeaua and Justin Thomas.