Note: The Players Championship got in its first round Thursday, but its remaining rounds have been cancelled in accordance with the sports world’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Players Championship
- When: Thursday, March 12 and
Friday, March 13 at 7:30am-7pm ET; Saturday, March 14, 8am-7pm ET; Sunday, March 15, 7:45am-6pm ET
- Where: TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Broadcast: NBC, Golf Channel
- Streaming Services: FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, PGA Tour Live (on NBC Sports Gold)
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2020 Players Championship: Preview
Though Tiger Woods is missing this tournament with some back trouble, there are a number of top golfers playing in what’s known as the “fifth major” in golf circles, with defending champion Rory McIlroy looking like the top pick again this time around, but with Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Bryson Dechambeau heading up the field.
The Players Championship is also a place for innovation in golf broadcasting, and 2020 is no exception. According to SportTechie, NBC will live stream every shot by every player throughout the tournament.
“NBC will stream more than 32,000 shots over 72 holes from a starting field of 144 golfers—all live—by utilizing nearly 120 cameras spread out across TPC Sawgrass,” the article noted. “There will be 24 live feeds (all individually produced on the fly), with each feed focusing on a specific group as they move throughout the course. This production will feature more than 747 hours of live coverage in four days.”
2020 Players Championship live stream: How to watch PGA golf online
The tournament will be on the Golf Channel, NBC, and NBC Sports Gold; these streaming services provide fans the opportunity to catch Premier League action throughout the season.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
If you’re a sports fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, starting with the Players Championship streaming. It also features NBC and NBCSN, FS1 and FS2, 10 beIN SPORTS channels for soccer and motorsports from around the globe, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a game, match, or round live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.
If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.
Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.
To maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter includes The Golf Channel and NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $65-$135 per month
- AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be sports fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming, and the Golf Channel at the Xtra and Ultimate tiers if golf is a must. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for sports fans, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, the regional Fox Sports network for your area, as well as the Golf Channel, TNT, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
- Cost: $64.99 per year or $9.99 per month.
- NBC Sports Gold TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android device.
If you want access to PGA Tour Live, and every shot in the Players Championship, you’ll want an NBC Sports Gold subscription. Subscriptions are $64.99 for the year, or if you just want to sample it for this tournament, it’s $9.99 for a month. NBC Sports Gold offers additional packages for fans who want to follow rugby action, Premier League soccer, Indy Car racing, cycling, and lacrosse.
2020 Players Championship streaming and broadcast schedule
Thursday, March 12
- PGA Tour Live, 7:30am-8pm ET
- FuboTV live stream, 1-7pm ET
- Golf Channel, 1-7pm ET
Friday, March 13
- PGA Tour Live, 7:30am-8pm ET
- FuboTV live stream, 1-7pm ET
- Golf Channel, 1-7pm ET
Saturday, March 14
- PGA Tour Live, 8am-7pm ET
- FuboTV live stream, 2-7pm ET
- NBC, 2-7pm ET
Sunday, March 15
- PGA Tour Live, 8am-6pm ET
- FuboTV live stream, 1-6pm ET
- NBC, 1-6pm ET
According to the DraftKings Sportsbook oddsmakers (as of March 12), these were the favorites to win the Players Championship:
- Rory McIlroy, +650 (wager $100 to win $650)
- Jon Rahm, +1100
- Justin Thomas, +1400
- Bryson Dechambeau, +1800
- Patrick Cantlay, +2200
- Tommy Fleetwood, +2500
- Dustin Johnson, +2500
- Hideki Matsuyama, +2500
- Xander Schauffele, +2500
- Adam Scott, +2500
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