The best golfers in the world are taking a break from the PGA Tour as they head to the UK to take part in the 2023 edition of the Open Championship, golf's oldest major and the last of the four for the 2023 season. Golf fans will be able to watch the Open Championship starting Thursday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23.
The Open Championship (aka the British Open) has been played since 1860 at various courses in Scotland and the UK. This year's tournament, which is the 151st playing of the Open Championship, is taking place at Royal Liverpool Golf Course and will see Cameron Smith try and defend his title against a stacked field.
Here is everything that you need to know about how to watch the Open Championship wherever you are.
How to watch the Open Championship in the US
US golf fans are going to be able to watch the Open Championship on NBC, USA Network and the NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock.
NBC is a broadcast station, available to anyone with a traditional pay-TV cable subscription, a TV antenna if you’re old school or live TV streaming services like FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. USA Network is a cable channel, but is available in just about all the same ways as NBC (except for the TV antenna), including being available on the same live TV streaming services.
Peacock is your streaming option for the Open Championship. Peacock has two subscription options, an ad-supported plan that goes for $5.99 per month and an ad-free plan for $11.99 per month.
Worth noting that the UK is five hours ahead, so coverage of the Open Championship is going to start in the early hours of the morning.
How to watch the Open Championship in the UK
Live coverage of the Open Championship is going to air exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK, with the network covering the full day’s action on its golf channel.
To watch Sky Sports, you must have a Sky TV subscription. Sky Sports is an extra add-on to a Sky TV plan, costing £24 extra each month; you can also just select to add the specific Sky Sports Golf channel for £18. If you don’t already have a Sky TV subscription, you can bundle the two for a total of £46 per month.
Free highlights of each round are going to be shown nightly on the BBC. First and second round highlights are going to be shown at 8 pm.
How to watch the Open Championship from anywhere
If you're going to be away from your normal TV setup but still want to watch the Open Championship, you might run into some problems. Thankfully, you can solve this exact issue with a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
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Live footage is also going to be available through the official Open Championship website, with special focuses on featured groups and marquee holes.
The Open Championship schedule
US Open Championship schedule
NBC is giving golf fans a chance to get some coverage ahead of the tournament, with The Golf Channel (available on cable and live TV streaming services) and Peacock airing Golf Central Live from the Open in the morning and evenings every day before the first round on Thursday. Once the actual tournament gets underway though, this is the schedule that you need to know to watch tournament action (all times ET):
Sunday, July 23
- 4-7 am on USA Network
- 7 am-2 pm on NBC and Peacock
UK Open Championship schedule
Sky Sports coverage of the Open Championship starts at the below times and runs all day until the round is over:
Sunday, July 23
- 11 am on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event
- 8 pm on BBC (highlights)
The Open Championship players
Just about all of the biggest names in golf are going to be playing the Open Championship this week, headlined by defending champion Cameron Smith and Rory McIlroy, fresh off his win at the Scottish Open.
All players in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings are set to play, including Smith, McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, Matt Fitzpatrick and Wyndham Clark.
Many of the most popular players are also set to tee off this week, including Sam Burns, Jason Day, Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Tyrell Hatton, Dustin Johnson, Shane Lowry, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Collin Morikawa, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Also, popular past champions like John Daly, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington are set to play.
Open Championship Leaderboard
Here is a look at the top of the leaderboard for the Open Championship as the end third round is underway (* denotes they are on the course). For a full view of where everyone stands, visit the Open Championship website:
- Brian Harman, -13*
- Sepp Straka, -8*
- Jason Day, -7*
- Tom Kim, -7
- Emilian Grillo, -6
- Rory McIlroy, -6
- Jon Rahm, -6*
- Shubhankar Sharma, -5
- Cameron Young, -5*
- Max Homa, -4
- Matthew Jordan, -4
- Henrik Stenson, -3
- Hideki Matsuyama, -3
- Thomas Detry, -3
- Tommy Fleetwood, -3*
- Antoine Rozner, -3*
- Laurie Canter, -2
- Xander Schauffele, -2
- Alex Fitzpatrick, -2
- Viktor Hovland, -2*
The Open Championship FAQs
Where is the Open Championship this year?
Royal Liverpool is the venue for the 2023 Open Championship. The course is located in Hoylake, Wirral, England. It has been in operation since 1869 and has hosted the Open Championship 12 previous times, making 2023 lucky 13. The last time Royal Liverpool hosted the Open Championship was in 2014, when Rory McIlroy won the tournament.
Who is favored to win the Open Championship?
Here are the top 10 favorites to win the Open Championship this year, according to Vegas Insider:
Rory McIlroy, +700
Scottie Scheffler, +750
Jon Rahm, +1100
Cameron Smith, +1400
Brooks Koepka, +2000
Viktor Hovland, +2000
Rickie Fowler, +2000
Tommy Fleetwood, +2000
Tyrrell Hatton, +2200
Xander Schauffele, +2500
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