The 2021 PGA Championship starts Thursday, May 20th from Kiawah Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, and continues through Sunday, May 23. Coverage of The PGA Championship will be on ESPN and CBS while ESPN+ be kicking off coverage each day of the championship. ESPN+ Featured Groups coverage on Thursday and Friday with Featured Groups and Featured Holes’ coverage on Saturday and Sunday. This article will explain everything you need to know about watching the PGA Championship without a cable TV subscription.
The PGA Championship TV Schedule
ESPN+ will open the coverage with the first tee shot on Thursday and Friday at 7 AM ET, and continue to follow play with traditional coverage from 7 AM – 1 PM. Live play then shifts to ESPN linear from 1-7 PM both days. Featured Group coverage will exclusively run on ESPN+ as holes 16-17-18 will be featured from 8:15 a.m. – 7 p.m. ON Saturday and Sunday coverage will stream live on ESPN+ from 8-10 a.m, with ESPN linear continuing the coverage from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ESPN+ will Erun exclusive Featured Group coverage throughout both days day (four morning groups, and two afternoon groups) At 1 pm ET, the coverage then switches over to CBS on both days. The schedule for the PGA Championship is as follows:
(All Times Eastern)
- Thursday, May 20: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN+); 1 p.m.-7 p.m. (ESPN)
- Friday, May 21: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN+); 1 p.m.-7 p.m. (ESPN)
- Saturday, May 22: 8 a.m.-10 a.m. (ESPN+), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN), 1 p.m.-7 p.m. (CBS)
- Sunday, May 23: 8 a.m.-10 a.m. (ESPN+), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN), 1 p.m.-7 p.m. (CBS)
Watching The PGA Championship Without Cable
ESPN+ and ESPN with cover rounds 1 and 2 of this year’s PGA Championship with CBS, ESPN, and ESPN+ covering rounds 3 and 4. . The options below will give you the best options to watch The PGA Championship without a cable TV provider.
We cover your viewing options in more detail later in the article, but here is a quick look at your best options for watching The PGA Championship.
- ESPN+ – You can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $5.99 per month
- Hulu Live TV– Provides ESPN and CBS with a 1-week free trial.
- YouTube TV – Provides ESPN and CBS with a 1-week trial.
- FuboTV – Provides ESPN and CBS. They offer a 1-week free trial.
- DIRECTV Stream – Provides ESPN and CBS. See this page for offers. Subscription is month to month, but give you a full refund if you cancel within 14 days of subscribing.
PGA Championship on ESPN+
Along with kicking off coverage each day, featured holes, and featured groups, ESPN+ will air Tuesday at the PGA Championship and Wednesday at the PGA Championship, a pair of three-hour live practice round/preview programs that will begin at noon ET each day. You can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $5.99 per month.
Once you subscribe to ESPN+, you can watch it through the ESPN app. The ESPN App supports Roku Players and TVs, Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android, iPhone, Samsung TVs, Xbox One, and PS4. To add ESPN+ to your ESPN app, follow these instructions:
- Subscribe to ESPN+
- Download and Open the ESPN app on your mobile or TV device
- Click the Settings Gear in the upper right corner
- Select “Account Information” then “Log Into ESPN Account.” You should receive an activation code.
- Visit https://espn.com/activate on your phone or laptop and type in the code
- Log in with your ESPN+ credentials
- You should then get confirmation that your ESPN+ account is linked and now see and “ESPN+” tab in the ESPN app.
You can learn more about this device in our review of ESPN+.
Best Way To Watch The PGA Championship
Hulu Live TV provides CBS and ESPN in their channel lineup. ESPN is available nationwide, and CBS is available in nearly every TV market. You can check your zip code on the following page to verify the channels you will receive Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode. You can also add ESPN+ to your Hulu subscription through your Hulu account page.
Hulu Live TV offers a 7-day free trial, so you can sign up for the trial, watch The PGA Championship, and cancel your subscription before it’s over, and not be charged. This essentially allows you to watch all of The PGA Championship coverage free on both ESPN and CBS. If you decide to keep Hulu Live TV, you will be charged $64.99 per month after the trial. There is no contract so you can cancel at any time.
Hulu Live TV is supported on Roku, Fire TV Devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and more. You’ll find more information on Hulu’s supported devices and everything else you would need to know in our full review of Hulu Live TV.
Other Options to Watch The PGA Championship
Hulu Live TV is your best bet because it offers both networks and has a free trial letting you watch The PGA Championship for free. Other options are either more expensive or require getting 2 services. In order to see which other options are available let’s cover the services that carry one or all of CBS and ESPN.
YouTube TV is similar to Hulu Live TV in that you can get access to ESPN and CBS with a 7-day free trial. However, if you forget to cancel, YouTube TV will cost you $64.99 per month. Youtube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app isn’t available on Roku. However, users can use YouTube TV through the YouTube app on Roku devices. You can read our review of YouTube TV for more details.
FuboTV carries ESPN. CBS is also carried in many parts of the country, but not as many as Hulu Live TV or Youtube TV. You can see if CBS is available using this link. FuboTV offers a 7-day free trial, so you can watch The PGA Championship for free. After the trial, The “Family Plan” costs $64.99 per month. However, you can downgrade your account to the “Standard Plan” for $59.99. Fubo TV is available on most major platforms, including AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. You can sign up for a 1-week free trial or check out our review of FuboTV for more details.
DIRECTV Stream offers CBS in its “Entertainment” Package for $69.99 per month. However, ESPN is offered as part of their upgraded “Ultimate Package” package priced at $94.99 per month. To learn more about DIRECTV Stream, check out their promo page or read more in our DIRECTV Stream review.
Paramount+ will allow you to watch The PGA Championship later rounds as it provides access to your local CBS affiliate. However, you will have to find another way to watch ESPN. Paramount+ streams to Roku Players, Apple TV, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick. Check out our review of Paramount+ for more details. Paramount+ offers a 30-day free trial.
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