How to watch the PGA Championship online from anywhere

Published by on August 8, 2018 in Sports Streaming

This year’s PGA Championship will be more special than any other so far as it’s the tournament’s 100th anniversary. Today, we’ll show where you can watch the entire 2018 PGA Championship online, and how you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bypass geo-restrictions and live stream coverage whether you’re at home or abroad.

How to watch the PGA Championship online

The 100th PGA Championship will take place at the Bellerive Golf Course in St. Louis and run from August 9 – 12, 2018. Tee time is estimated to be around 7:30 AM BST (11:30 PM PST / 2:30 AM EST), but this is subject to change and will be confirmed the day before the event begins. Below, we’ll explain how you can follow the action live, no matter where you are in the world.

Note: we’ll only be recommending official sources. Although there will almost certainly be unlicensed streams available, these are unreliable and often only provide laggy, low-resolution video. As the PGA Championship is being streamed online for free, there’s really nothing to gain by using unsanctioned, unofficial sources.

The best VPN for watching the PGA Championship: ExpressVPN

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If you’d like to stay safe when streaming the PGA Championship, or unblock streaming platforms from abroad, the easiest way is to use a VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN: with high-speed servers in 94 countries, a suite of advanced security features, and the ability to unblock services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer, it’s the ideal choice for streaming live, HD video.

You can sign up and start using ExpressVPN in a few minutes. Just choose a subscription length (one, six, or twelve months) and complete the checkout process. From this point, you have 30 days to trial the service. This means that you can watch the entire 2018 PGA Championship and if you decide not to continue using ExpressVPN afterward, you can cancel and receive a full refund.

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How to stream the PGA Championship with a VPN

Never used a VPN to unblock streaming platforms before? Just follow the steps below:

  1. Choose a suitable VPN and sign up. ExpressVPN is a strong choice, but NordVPN and CyberGhost are excellent low-cost alternatives.  
  2. Download and install the VPN software, making sure to get the right version for your device’s operating system.
  3. Decide which of the sources below you’d like to use.
  4. Connect to one of your VPN’s servers in the appropriate location. For instance, you’d need a British server to unblock Eleven Sports, or an American one to watch on CBS.
  5. Try loading a video on your chosen site. It should begin to play almost instantly but if you’re still seeing an error, try reloading the page.

This should be straightforward, but it’s worth testing before the event begins, so you have a chance to iron out any issues.

Where to watch the PGA Championship live online

Despite the PGA Championship being one of golf’s most prestigious events, it’s only being broadcast live on a handful of online platforms. Below, we’ll explain how you can catch every moment of the action live online.

USA

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The 2018 PGA Championship will be shown on TV by both TNT and CBS. TNT is simulcasting the tournament from 7 PM BST (11 AM PST / 2 PM EST) on August 9 and 10 and 4 AM BST (8 PM PST / 11 PM EST) on August 11 and 12. In contrast, CBS is only showing the final two days of the event and its stream begins a little later, at 7 AM BST (11 PM PST / 2 AM EST).

While neither of these services is free-to-use, there are legal ways to watch the golf without paying. CBS All Access offers a seven-day free trial ($5.99 a month afterward), and TNT allows you to watch for free online by signing in with your cable provider’s details. Don’t have cable? You can also sign into TNT using PlayStation Vue or DirecTV, which offer five and seven-day trials, respectively. You should note that you’ll need a US-registered payment method to register, however.

UK

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Usually, you’d expect the PGA Championship to air on Sky Sports or BT Sport, but this year, British viewers can’t watch it on TV at all. Instead, a new, online-only service has shaken things up. Eleven Sport will be launching in the UK this August, and to entice people to register, it’s offering a free, seven-day trial. This means that you can watch the entire 2018 PGA Championship  online for free, as long as you have a British-registered payment method.

Additionally, the company will be live streaming the first two rounds on its UK Facebook page. If you’re looking to get into golf, but not sure you want to pay, this provides a great way to see what all the fuss is about without paying a penny.

Canada

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TSN is showing the entire 2018 PGA Championship in Canada. You can watch for free if your cable package includes TSN, but unfortunately, there’s no support for over-the-top TV subscriptions. If you don’t have cable, you can subscribe to TSN directly for $24.99 CAD a month.

Other locations

At the moment, only the US, Canada, and the UK have official PGA Championship broadcasters. This doesn’t mean that golf fans in other countries are out of luck, though. The PGA Championship website has a freely accessible live stream which will cover all the latest developments from Bellerive Golf Course. While it probably won’t be showing full events, you’ll likely be able to watch selected holes or rounds live.

Although this stream doesn’t have any kind of geo-restriction measures built-in, we’d still recommend using a VPN when watching. Internet service providers have been known to throttle the speeds of users who stream a lot, and a VPN makes it more difficult for them to know exactly what you’re doing online.

PGA Championship schedule

August 9August 10August 11August 12
First RoundSecond RoundThird RoundFinal Round

Starting August 9, 156 of the world’s best golfers including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, and Jason Day will play 36 holes of golf. At this point, the top 70 golfers progress and play another 36 holes while everyone else is knocked out of the tournament.

From here, the rules become very straightforward: the player with the lowest score after 72 holes wins. If there’s a draw, tied golfers will play another three holes. If there’s another tie, they’ll go to sudden death until one player comes out on top. This is a fairly rare occurrence, however, and hasn’t happened since 2010, when Bubba Watson lost to Martin Kaymer.

Can I watch the PGA Championship with a free VPN?

While using a free VPN can seem like an easy way to stay safe online, we’d strongly advise against using one. To start with, their servers are usually not capable of handling the number of users they have. This leads to stuttering video that takes forever to load, intermittent connections, and overall, a frustrating experience. Some even make you wait in a queue and institute monthly data limits; as HD streaming is fairly data-intensive, free VPNs are a less than ideal solution.

Running a VPN service is expensive, but since free VPNs can’t charge the user directly, they have to resort to other, often shady, methods of making money. They might inject ads into the websites you visit, sell details of your activities to a third party without your knowledge, or use cookies to track you, even after you’ve disconnected, in order to get the best possible price for your consumer profile.

It’s not just your personal information at risk, it’s your system’s security too. There are over 100 free VPNs out there that purport to keep you safe, but which don’t encrypt your data and actively try to install malware on your device. Further, we’ve even seen cases where a free VPN has allowed (and profited from) its customers’ bandwidth being used in a botnet. VPNs are designed to increase your security, not open you up to threats like ransomware, keyloggers, and adware. To protect yourself and your system, we recommend using a reputable VPN service that puts its users’ privacy first.

Golfers to watch

Golf pundits widely expect Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods to do well, if not win the PGA Championship outright. Johnson is an obvious pick since he’s the current World Number 1 and has come close (tied fifth) in the 2010 PGA Championship. Woods hasn’t won a Major Championship since 2008, but came in sixth at the recent British Open.

SportsLine used machine learning to correctly predict the winner of the 2018 Masters, and its model currently shows Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy tied with 12-1 odds for the PGA Championship title. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Thomas (winner of the 2017 PGA Championship) are slightly behind, at 16-1.

It’s going to be a close contest, but one thing’s for sure: the 2018 PGA Championship will be an event neither the viewers nor the golfers will soon forget.

Header image: Urbanowicz_Krzysztof_GOLF by Krzysztof Urbanowicz, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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