2020 PGA Championship live coverage: How to watch Round 1 on Thursday

Tiger Woods practices at 2020 PGA Championship

Tiger Woods pictured during a practice round at the 2020 PGA Championship.

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The 2020 PGA Championship, the first major of the year, begins Thursday at TPC Harding Park. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the first round.

Previewing the PGA Championship Round 1

The long wait is over, and on Thursday golf fans will finally see major championship golf, albeit not in person. All the game’s biggest stars are in San Francisco for the first chance at major glory in more than a year.

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Zephyr Melton

We’ve seen little of Tiger Woods, who remains the reigning Masters champion, since February. Tiger teed it up in just one event since the PGA Tour returned to action, with mixed results. But Woods is confident heading into the PGA and has hopes of capturing his fifth career Wanamaker trophy on Sunday.

Woods will get his tournament started early in the first round, teeing off at 11:33 a.m. ET (8:33 a.m. local time) alongside two players who are among the betting favorites: world No. 1 Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Thomas’ ranking speaks for itself, as does his 2017 PGA victory, while McIlroy will look to turn his game around after some recent struggles.

But until proven otherwise, defending champion Brooks Koepka will be the player to beat, as he attempts an incredible PGA Championship three-peat. Koepka tees off at 11:11 a.m. ET on Thursday, and he’ll play the first round with Shane Lowry and Gary Woodland.

Here’s all the information you need to watch the first round of the 2020 PGA Championship on TV or stream it online.

How to watch the PGA Championship Round 1 on TV

For the first time, ESPN will air the first round of the PGA Championship on TV, and their coverage is extensive. In total, ESPN will offer six hours of opening round TV coverage, from 4-10 p.m. ET on Thursday.

How to watch the PGA Championship Round 1 online

With ESPN covering the late action on TV, ESPN+ will carry early first round coverage online. ESPN+ will air another six hours of traditional tournament coverage, including the opening tee shots, beginning at 10 a.m. ET and running through the day until the TV coverage picks up at 4 p.m. ET.

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Nick Piastowski

In addition, you can log into ESPN+ to see Featured Group coverage during the first round of the PGA, which will include one morning group and one afternoon group.

Sign up for an ESPN+ account here to follow all the action all tournament long. The ESPN TV coverage can be streamed on ESPN.com/watch with an active cable subscription. Here’s the complete streaming schedule for Thursday:

PGA Championship streaming schedule for Thursday, August 6 (ET)

First Round (online only): 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (ESPN+)
Featured Groups (one morning, one afternoon): 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (ESPN+)
First Round (TV broadcast): 4–10 p.m. (ESPN.com/watch)

2020 PGA Championship tee times for Round 1 (ET)

Tee No. 1

10:00 a.m. – Brian Harman, Jeff Hart, C.T. Pan
10:11 a.m. – Andrew Landry, Rod Perry, Nate Lashley
10:22 a.m. – Sung Kang, John O’Leary, Dylan Frittelli
10:33 a.m. – Erik Van Rooyen, Russell Henley, Carlos Ortiz
10:44 a.m. – Ryan Palmer, Kevin Kisner, Michael Thompson
10:55 a.m. – Bud Cauley, Lucas Glover, Tyrrell Hatton
11:06 a.m. – Alex Beach, Rich Beem, Shaun Micheel
11:17 a.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryo Ishikawa, Jason Kokrak
11:28 a.m. – Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Lee, Vaughn Taylor
11:39 a.m. – Keith Mitchell, Matthias Schwab, Brendan Steele
11:50 a.m. – Joel Dahmen, Luke List, Victor Perez
12:01 p.m. – Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Marty Jertson, Tom Lewis
12:12 p.m. – David Muttitt, Mackenzie Hughes, Harris English
3:30 p.m. – Tyler Duncan, J.R. Roth, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
3:41 p.m. – Lanto Griffin, Rich Berberian, Joost Luiten
3:52 p.m. – Jim Herman, Rob Labritz, Shaun Norris
4:03 p.m. – Adam Hadwin, Brandt Snedeker, Xinjun Zhang
4:14 p.m. – Kevin Na, Patrick Reed, Robert MacIntyre
4:25 p.m. – Matthew Wolff, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell
4:36 p.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama
4:47 p.m. – Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott
4:58 p.m. – Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia
5:09 p.m. – Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson
5:20 p.m. – Matt Wallace, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman
5:31 p.m. – Sepp Straka, Ryan Vermeer, Si Woo Kim
5:42 p.m. – Sebastian Munoz, Justin Bertsch, Benjamin Hebert

Tee No. 10

10:05 a.m. – Scottie Scheffler, Danny Balin, Tom Hoge
10:16 a.m. – Mike Auterson, Rory Sabbatini, Nick Taylor
10:27 a.m. – Tony Finau, Danny Willett, Patrick Cantlay
10:38 a.m. – Martin Kaymer, Jason Dufner, Jason Day
10:49 a.m. – Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Steve Stricker
11:00 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Collin Morikawa, Zach Johnson
11:11 a.m. – Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Shane Lowry
11:22 a.m. – Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose
11:33 a.m. – Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas
11:44 a.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick
11:55 a.m. – Abraham Ancer, Charl Schwartzel, Joohyung Kim
12:06 p.m. – Corey Conners, Zach J. Johnson, Chez Reavie
12:17 p.m. – Scott Piercy, Alex Knoll, Andrew Putnam
3:25 p.m. – Bob Sowards, Kurt Kitayam, Richy Werenski
3:36 p.m. – Haotong Li, Benny Cook, Jorge Campilo
3:47 p.m. – Byeong Hun An, Talor Gooch, Sungjae Im
3:58 p.m. – J.T. Poston, Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III
4:09 p.m. – Ken Tanigawa, Emiliano Grillo, Cameron Tringale
4:20 p.m. – Brian Stuard, Jim Furyk, Billy Horschel
4:31 p.m. – Matt Jones, Jazz Janewattananond, Kevin Streelman
4:42 p.m. – Jimmy Walker, Davis Love III, Keegan Bradley
4:53 p.m. – Cameron Smith, Denny McCarthy, Cameron Champ
5:04 p.m. – Troy Merritt, Wyndham Clark, Chan Kim
5:15 p.m. – Doc Redman, Jason Caron, Brendon Todd
5:26 p.m. – Judd Gibb, Lucas Herbert, Mark Hubbard
5:37 p.m. – Shawn Warren, Marcus Kinhult, Adam Long

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