The Open Championship 2021: TV Schedule and How to Watch Online

Following an enforced one-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Open Championship regains its status as the final major of the season, with the Claret Jug once again up for grabs.

While its U.S. counterparts—The Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship— were postponed due the COVID-19 outbreak, organizers opted to cancel the British Open altogether in 2020, marking the first time the tournament was not held since World War II.

The cancellation means that Shane Lowry is still the defending champion, despite the fact almost exactly two years have passed since the Irishman triumphed at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland in July 2019.

Lowry arrives at Royal St. George in Sandwich, England, hoping to become the first player in over a decade to retain the Claret Jug since his fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington won at Carnoustie, Scotland, in 2007 and at Royal Birkdale, England, the following year.

If he is to emulate his compatriot, Lowry will have to beat a field stacked with talent and headline by world No. 1 Jon Rahm, who arrives in England as the bookmakers' favorite after claiming his maiden career major at the U.S. Open in June. Rahm will be joined by another 18 of the world's top 20 golfers, reigning Masters champion, Hideki Matsuyama, the only notable omission after testing positive for COVID-19.

Rory McIlroy hopes to end a seven-year drought for a major, while The Open marks the first tournament Bryson DeChambeau will play with a new caddie on the bag.

Elsewhere, former world No. 1s Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson will be looking for their first Open title, while Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson will hope to replicate their 2017 and 2013 triumphs respectively.

Here's all you need to know about this year's tournament.

When is The Open Championship 2021?

The final major of the season begins on Thursday, July 15, and runs until Sunday, July 18.

Where is The Open Championship 2021 Being Played?

The Open takes place at the Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, in the south-east of England. The first English venue to host The Open, Royal St. George hasn't staged the tournament since Darren Clarke won in 2011 and this year will mark the 15th time it has hosted the tournament.

The par-70 course stretches over 7,189 yards and includes two par-5 holes, the seventh and the 14th.

How to Watch The Open Championship 2021 on TV and Online

The Golf Channel and NBC will split coverage of The Open, with the former broadcasting the first two days, before the latter takes over for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

There are several ways to follow the U.S. Open online, via Peacock— NBC's streaming platform—Peacock Premium and the NBC Sports website.

Notably, Peacock Premium will have exclusive coverage throughout the first two rounds, which will differ from the offering available on the NBC Sports website, which will carry the Golf Channel coverage instead.

Peacock Premium will also carry simulcasts of the Golf Channel and NBC broadcasts on all four days.

Featured groups and featured holes, meanwhile, will be available on Peacock and all four days of the tournament will be carried by fuboTV and SlingTV.

The Open Championship
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen plays from the 5th tee during a practice round for The 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich in south-east England on July 13. Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

The Open Championship 2021 TV schedule

All times ET

Round 1—Thursday, July 15

  • Golf Channel: 4 a.m.—3 p.m.

Round 2—Friday, July 16

  • Golf Channel: 4 a.m.—3 p.m.

Round 3—Saturday, July 17

  • Golf Channel: 5 a.m.—7 a.m.
  • NBC: 7 a.m.—3 p.m

Round 4—Sunday, July 18

  • Golf Channel: 4 a.m.—7 a.m.
  • NBC: 7 a.m.—2 p.m.

The Open Championship 2021 Streaming Schedule

All times ET

Round 1—Thursday, July 15

  • Exclusive coverage: Peacock Premium, 1:30 a.m.—4 a.m.; 3 p.m.—4 p.m.
  • Featured groups: Peacock, 3 a.m.—3 p.m.
  • Featured holes (14, 15, 16): Peacock, 5:30 a.m.—3 p.m.
  • Golf Channel TV coverage: Peacock Premium, 4 a.m.—3 p.m.

Round 2—Friday, July 16

  • Exclusive coverage: Peacock Premium, 1:30 a.m.—4 a.m.; 3 p.m.—4 p.m.
  • Featured groups: Peacock, 3 a.m.—3 p.m.
  • Featured holes (14, 15, 16): Peacock, 5:30 a.m.—3 p.m.
  • Golf Channel TV coverage: Peacock Premium, 4 a.m.—3 p.m.

Round 3—Saturday, July 17

  • Featured groups: Peacock, 3 a.m.—3 p.m.
  • Featured holes (14, 15, 16): Peacock, 7 a.m.—1 p.m.
  • Golf Channel TV coverage: Peacock Premium, 5 a.m.—7 a.m.
  • NBC TV coverage: Peacock Premium, 7 a.m.—3 p.m.

Round 4—Sunday, July 18

  • Featured groups: Peacock, 5 a.m.—1 p.m.
  • Featured holes (14, 15, 16): Peacock, 6 a.m.—12 p.m.
  • Golf Channel TV coverage: Peacock Premium, 4 a.m.—7 p.m.
  • NBC TV coverage: Peacock Premium, 7 a.m.—2 p.m.

The Open Championship 2021 Odds

Jon Rahm is the man to beat this weekend, according to the bookmakers. Fresh from winning his maiden career major at the U.S. Open in June, the Spaniard is a 7-1 favorite with William Hill and a 15-2 favorite with DraftKings.

Bryson DeChambeau follows at 14-1, with former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson at 15-1 and Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele all at 16-1. Defending champion Shane Lowry is 33-1 to retain the Claret Jug, the same odds as Patrick Reed and Tommy Fleetwood.