When Is the PGA Championship 2020? How to Watch, Live Stream Tournament

The 2020 edition of the PGA Championship has already made history without a shot being hit in anger. For the first time since its inception, the tournament will be the first major of the season, an honor traditionally bestowed upon The Masters, and for the first time in history one of golf's four majors will be played without fans.

The novel coronavirus pandemic is responsible for both milestones, which are unlikely to be remembered fondly by the organizers. The Masters' postponement until November means the PGA Championship, which was itself pushed back by almost three months from its original May 14-May 17 slot, will be the first major played since Shane Lowry triumphed at The Open Championship in Northern Ireland in July last year.

TV audiences and players may have grown accustomed to the lack of spectators since the PGA Tour resumed after a three-month hiatus in June, but the sight of a major tournament played behind closed doors will nevertheless be very unusual.

If the 102nd edition of the PGA Championship has already made history off the course—it is also the first time the tournament will be held in the Bay Area—Brooks Koepka could write on it. Should he successfully defend his title this week, the four-time major winner would become the first player in the stroke play era to win the tournament three times in a row. Walter Hagen won the PGA Championship in four consecutive years between 1924 and 1927 during the match play era.

Justin Thomas makes his first start since becoming world No. 1 last week, while Jordan Spieth will be looking to complete a career Grand Slam and Tiger Woods hopes to rediscover the form he showed at The Masters last year, when he clinched his 15th major.

Here's everything you need to know about the first major of the season.

When is the PGA Championship?

The first major of the season begins on Thursday, August 6 and runs until Sunday, August 9.

PGA Championship Course

The tournament will be held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California.

Named after President Warren G Harding, the par-70 course stretches over 7,234 yards. Originally designed in 1925, the course was a regular feature of the PGA Tour until 1969, when the tour left due to outdated and deteriorating facilities as the course fell into disrepair for almost two decades.

Harding Park was eventually rescued at the turn of the century, when former U.S. Golf Association president and prominent San Francisco lawyer Sandy Tatum received the approval to renovate the course after raising approximately $16 million in funding. Work began in 2002 and three years later the course hosted its first PGA Tour event in almost four decades as it welcomed the WGC-American Express Championship, which Tiger Woods won after defeating John Daly in a playoff.

Harding Park then hosted the Presidents Cup in 2009 and the Charles Schwab Challenge between 2010 and 2013, before undergoing a greens renovation ahead of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in 2015, which was won by Rory McIlroy.

This year's PGA Championship will be the first major the course, which is normally a par-72 but will play as a par-70 this week, has hosted since its renovation.

Justin Thomas, PGA Tour
Justin Thomas of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the World Golf Championship FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on August 2 in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Lyons/Getty

What does the field look like?

Unsurprisingly, the field is stacked with talent. From new world No. 1 Justin Thomas to four-time major winners Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, who is the defending champion, the world's best golfers will be battling it out in San Francisco this week. Jon Rahm will be looking to clinch the first major of his career after a short-lived spell at the top of the world rankings, while Jordan Spieth aims to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the only major that has eluded him so far.

The star-studded field also includes Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, while Tiger Woods makes his first start since the Memorial Tournament last month.

TV coverage

ESPN and CBS will cover the PGA Championship, with the former broadcasting the opening two rounds, before the latter takes over for the final two rounds.

Live stream

ESPN+ will live stream the opening tee shots on Thursday and Friday and carry six hours of coverage on both days before the TV broadcast begins. ESPN+ will also carry coverage of the Featured Groups throughout the four days of the tournament and coverage of Featured Holes for the final two rounds, as well as two hours of early action on both Saturday and Sunday.

A live stream of each round will also be available on ESPN. com, while coverage of the final two rounds will be available on CBS.com.

The entire tournament can be streamed via fuboTV and DirecTV.

Complete TV schedule (All times ET)

Thursday, August 6

  • 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.—ESPN

Friday, August 7

  • 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.—ESPN

Saturday, August 8

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.—ESPN
  • 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.—CBS

Sunday, August 9

  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.—ESPN
  • 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.—CBS

Odds

Defending champion Brooks Koepka and world No. 1 Justin Thomas are the men to beat according to the bookmakers.

The former, a four-time major winner, is a 10/1 favorite with both DraftKings and FanDuel, while Thomas is an 8/1 favorite with DraftKings and 11/1 with FanDuel. Former world No.1s Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy are both 14/1, while Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and Dustin Johnson are 16/1, 18/1 and 20/1 respectively.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, is a 35/1 outsider.