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The Masters is more than just the first major golf tournament of the year. It’s where legends are made, where that coveted green jacket gets awarded. It’s as much about tradition as anything else—a chance to enter elite company.
“From (the) beginning, the Masters quickly became a competition that defined greatness in this sport,” noted Augusta National and Masters Tournament Chairman Fred S. Ridley, “and come Sunday, just as it has been since 1934, someone’s life will be forever changed.”
There will be 87 golfers representing 22 countries at the 83rd Masters Tournament. Tiger Woods is looking to for his fifth title and first in 14 years—that’s if he’s not bested once more by Phil Mickelson. Likewise, Rory McIlroy is hoping to complete a career grand slam with a win at Augusta National, but he’ll have plenty of competition.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2019 Masters Tournament online, along with answers to some other frequently asked questions.
When is the Masters?
The 2019 Masters opens on April 11. Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus will take the ceremonial tee shots before the first grouping—Andrew Landry, Adam Long, and Corey Conners—begins at 8:30am ET. The tournament continues through April 14.
What channel is the 2019 Masters on?
The first two days of the 2019 Masters will broadcast on ESPN while the final two days will be shown on CBS and CBS All Access.
Where is the Masters played?
Unlike the other four major tournaments, the Masters always takes place at the same location: the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia.
How to watch the 2019 Masters for free
As mentioned above, to watch the entire tournament for this year’s Masters, you’ll need access to both CBS and ESPN. There are three live TV streaming service options that come with both, but we’ve also included an option for the final half of the Masters.
Each service listed below offers different price points, channel availability, and varying compatibility with devices. So be sure to select the one that works best for you. No matter your choice, each service offers a free trial for one week, so you can try out the service without any monthly commitment.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV gives you the best of both worlds: access to on-demand content and live TV streaming, including local networks. It also gives you the best of the Masters 2019 coverage, with ESPN and CBS included. You can tune in live when the tournament airs or catch up later. It comes with up to 50 hours of storage for recording. There are 60 channels to choose from, including FS1, FS2 NBC Golf, seven additional ESPN channels aside from the standard network, and more. Sports fans are well-covered here. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Despite the name, you don’t actually need a PlayStation console to use Sony’s streaming service. It works just fine with Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and Kodi. The basic package will give you popular channels, like AMC, HGTV, ESPN, FX, and more. There will be some variation in local channels depending on your zip code though, so be sure to check. Stream on up to five devices under one account, with unlimited cloud DVR storage. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
3) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast,Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is the cheapest live streaming service of the bunch, offering more than 60 popular cable networks, including CBS, ABC, and other local channels. You’ll get access to sports channels like ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and FS1. Then, load up on entertainment and reality TV with AMC, FX, E!, Bravo, and more. Each household can create up to six accounts, and each of those accounts receives unlimited cloud DVR, so you can record any show or game to watch later. (Check the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
- Cost: $5.99 per month for streaming with ads, $9.99 per month for the ad-free version (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Android and Android TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, select smart TVs, Xbox, PS4, and the CBS app.
If you’re only interested in the final half of the tournament, CBS All Access is the simplest and cheapest choice. Note: This service obviously does not include ESPN. But in addition to live streaming CBS, you’ll gain access to over 100 popular shows, like Star Trek, CSI, and Big Bang Theory. You’ll also be able to stream CBS All Access exclusives like Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot. Sports fans also gain access to NFL Game Pass exclusives.
5) The Masters Tournament site
- Cost: Free
If you want to get closer to the action, just visit the Masters Tournament site. You can actually watch up to four sections of the course at the same time. Or you can follow specific players using the Track tab, which gives you a 3D view of their position on the course at any given time and video replays of nearly every shot. There’s also a new feature called Spotlight, which will curate daily highlights, and the Leader Board breaks down how every player is performing on every hole. You couldn’t ask for a more inclusive experience—and it’s totally free. We recommend using a Chromecast or a similar device so that you can cast from your computer to your TV.
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