watch the Masters live online

The 2023 Masters Tournament will take place over four days, from April 6-9. As always, this event will be held at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, USA, and spectators are once again allowed to attend. Didn’t snag a ticket? No problem, 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).

How to stream the Masters Tournament free online with a 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 regaining access to your usual services while abroad.

Here’s how to watch the Masters Tournament 2023 online, for free:

  1. First, sign up for a suitable VPN service. We recommend NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two high-quality alternatives.
  2. 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.
  3. Decide which of the streaming services below you’d like to use.
  4. Connect to a VPN server in the appropriate location. For example, you’ll need a British server to access BBC iPlayer abroad, or a US server for CBS.
  5. 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.


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Where can I watch the 2023 Masters online?


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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 £11.98 (GBP) per day, with monthly passes costing £33.99.

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 2023 Masters live from anywhere.


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Coverage of the 2023 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, you can follow all of the action using a combination of ESPN+ ($9.99 per month) and Paramount Plus ($4.99 monthly after a seven-day free trial).

Alternatively, you could just sign up for FuboTV ($74.99 USD/month), Hulu + Live TV ($69.99/month), or YouTube TV ($72.99/month) since all of these services carry both channels. With the exception of Hulu + Live TV, these platforms offer a free trial of at least one week, 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.


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CTV will be showing the 2023 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 a monthly pass for $19.99 CAD. 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.


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Australian broadcast rights belong to Fox Sports and Nine Network. To watch Nine network’s free coverage, you’ll need to visit the 9Now streaming platform and select the 9GEM channel. While you’ll need to create an account to watch live, this is free to do. However, the most comprehensive coverage of the 2024 Masters in Australia is with Fox Sports via Foxtel and Kayo.

If you’re already a Foxtel customer, you need only sign in to stream the tournament at no extra cost. Otherwise, you can watch via Foxtel Now ($59 AUD/month). New customers can get a 10-day free trial — providing a way to watch the entire 2023 Masters Tournament for free, providing you cancel before the free trial ends.

Kayo Sports subscription prices start from $25 a month although like Foxtel Now, a free trial is available for new customers (7 days). All of the above options are only available in Australia so you’ll need a VPN and Australian IP address to watch their content from overseas.

2023 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 11:00 PST (14:00 EST/ 19:00 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 said to be $12 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?

Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win this year’s Masters. Indeed, the Masters is the only major that the former world number one hasn’t yet won. As such, many people feel it’s only a matter of time for the 33-year-old!

However, he’ll face stiff competition in the form of the current world number one (and reigning Masters Champion), Scottie Scheffler. Jon Rahm is also expected to perform well in the upcoming tournament.