How to live stream 2020 PGA Championship golf in Australia
The first major of a scrambled 2020 golfing calendar tees off on August 7 in Australia. You can watch it all unfold live and on demand for free.
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Golf fans' long wait is finally over, the first major tournament of the year is here with this week's US PGA Championship. Originally scheduled for May, and typically the year's second major behind The Masters, the PGA Championship will now get things started from 7 August (AEST) at the TPC Harding Park course in San Francisco. The entire golfing schedule has been flipped on its head following the coronavirus pandemic. The 102nd PGA Championship and its $US11 million purse gets the major tournament schedule back on track.
When is the 2020 PGA Championship?
Given the time difference between Australia and San Francisco, early risers will be well served with the tournament this year. The first three rounds are being broadcast from 6am-midday AEST on 7-9 August. The final round is then from 5am-11am AEST on Monday 10 August. There are also condensed replays of each round later in the day.
Is all of the PGA Championship broadcast into Australia?
Sadly not. While there are six hours of solid golf action each day, play actually gets underway at midnight AEST, so that is a lot of drives and putts you won't get to see broadcast. We have a detailed comparison of how you can watch golf in Australia on our hub page, in particular via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. In this article, we're going to focus on watching the PGA Championship.
Watch the PGA Championship on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports is a streaming service that launched in Australia in November 2018. It effectively pulls the 14 best channels out of the premium Sports Pack that's available to Foxtel subscribers and then broadcasts them through its own website or app. This includes FOX SPORTS 503, which is showing the PGA Championship.
The main benefit of this approach is Kayo's price: at $25 per month with no contract, it is significantly cheaper than either Foxtel iQ or Foxtel Now. It also delivers much more than just a sexy price point. A futuristic UI creates a Netflix-style browsing experience where you can see over 50 sports live and on-demand alongside some stunning viewing experiences unique to Kayo Sports. They include SplitView (watch four sports at once), picture-in-picture mode, hide scores, jump to key moments, game-day hub pages and more.
Working on every major device, as well as on your TV via ChomeCast, Apple TV, Android TV or Telstra TV, it's highly accessible, too. Kayo Sports will show the second half of each round of the PGA Championship, two hours of post-show content, historical PGA footage, featured groups and a replay of each day's play.
Because Kayo Sports offers a 14-day free trial, you can watch all the PGA action without paying a cent, too.
Watch the PGA Championship on Foxtel
You can, of course, also watch FOX SPORTS 503 through Foxtel Now or Foxtel iQ. Both of these services offer the exact same broadcast as Kayo Sports, but without any of the unique viewing features. Also, Foxtel doesn't allow you to subscribe just to its Sports Pack, so you will need to pay for the base channels before you can get access to the PGA Championship.
Foxtel Now does offer a free 10-day trial period, so you can sign-up for just the PGA Championship without paying a cent. Foxtel iQ, however, is the traditional set-top box experience requiring a full install, so isn't the instant option you'll need if you're trying to watch the tournament at the last minute.
Is the PGA Championship on free-to-air in Australia?
The PGA Championship is not being shown on any of Australia's free-to-air channels. If you want to watch the golf in Australia either live or on replay, you're going to have to do it through Foxtel or Kayo Sports.
2020 PGA Championship preview
Two names will be at the forefront of this year's tournament - Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka. Just over 12 months ago, it seemed like every sports fan across the world had their heart warmed by Woods' long awaited 15th major title at The Masters. Despite some well-documented personal troubles, Woods' final day triumph was the talk of the sporting world, his first major title in more than a decade. But he will need to shake off plenty of rust as Woods has played very little in 2020.
While Woods will generate plenty of headlines, Koepka is the man of the moment leading up to the opening round. The American has a chance to become just the seventh golfer ever to win the same major three years in a row. It's a feat that has eluded some of the world's best golfers, including Woods and Jack Nicklaus, second and first respectively on the all-time list of major winners.
Australia's charge will be led by 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day, former Masters winner Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, a regular contender in the majors who is yet to earn his first win.
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