2020 PGA Championship First Round: How to Watch, TV Channel, Live Stream

The first major of the season begins on Thursday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California, as the Bay Area hosts the PGA Championship for the first time in history.

Originally scheduled to run between May 14 and 17, the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced organizers to postpone the PGA Championship by almost three months, meaning that because of The Masters' postponement until November the 102nd edition of tournament will also be the first to serve as the first major of the year.

If the COVID-19 break and the ensuing absence of fans are the major talking point off the course, there are plenty of intriguing storylines to focus on from a golfing standpoint.

Justin Thomas makes his first start since returning to the top of the world rankings after winning the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last week, while Brooks Koepka is looking to become the first player in the stroke play era to win the PGA Championship three years in a row and end a winning drought that stretches all the way back to May last year.

Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy heads to San Francisco hoping to secure for a first major in six years, while Jordan Spieth could complete a career Grand Slam with a win at TPC Harding Park.

Elsewhere, Jon Rahm will be looking for a first career major after his spell at the top of the world rankings lasted only a week and Tiger Woods makes only his second start on the PGA Tour since February and the first since the Memorial Tournament last month.

Weather could be a factor and players will have to adjust to cooler weather, with the high temperature not expected to climb above 70 degrees this week.

ESPN and CBS will cover the PGA Championship, with over 30 hours of TV broadcasting during the four days, as well as extensive coverage across their digital platforms.

Here's how to keep up with the first round.

Justin Thomas, PGA Tour
World No. 1Justin Thomas plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 4 in San Francisco, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty

TV coverage

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

Coverage of the first round begins at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday on ESPN and runs until 10 p.m. ET.

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.

Selected tee times (All times ET, * denotes groups starting from tee No. 10)

  • 10:49 a.m.—Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Steve Stricker*
  • 11:11 a.m.—Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Shane Lowry*
  • 11:22 a.m.—Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose*
  • 11:33 a.m.—Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas*
  • 4:14 p.m.—Kevin Na, Patrick Reed, Robert MacIntyre
  • 4:36 p.m.—Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama
  • 4:47 p.m.—Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott
  • 4:58 p.m.—Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia