2021 BMW Championship live coverage: How to watch Thursday’s first round

Jordan Spieth hopes to turn his game around at 2021 BMW Championship.

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The 2021 BMW Championship, the second event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, begins Thursday, August 26, at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland. Here’s what you need to know to watch the first-round action on TV or online.

Previewing BMW Championship Round 1

While many surprising players were knocked out of the playoffs following last week’s Northern Trust, most of the biggest names in the game are still in the running as the opening round of the BMW gets underway on Thursday.

World No. 1 Jon Rahm is second in the FedEx Cup standings after a near-win at Liberty National. He joins Open champion Collin Morikawa, Players champion Justin Thomas, Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, gold medal winner Xander Schauffele, three-time major champ Jordan Spieth, World No. 2 Dustin Johnson and many more.

That’s without mentioning the player currently in the FedEx Cup Playoffs driver’s seat, Northern Trust winner Tony Finau. Even Phil Mickelson, whose PGA Championship win in May feels like a lifetime ago, has a tee time, though, at 70th in the standings to start the first round, he was the last player who qualified. But for many players like Mickelson, this is the last chance to put on a show and make it into the Top 30, thus securing a spot in the season-ending Tour Championship.

Below you will find everything you need to watch the first round on Thursday.

How to watch BMW Championship Round 1 on TV

Golf Channel will carry the first round of the 2021 BMW Championship with four hours of coverage from 3-7 p.m. ET on Thursday.

How to stream BMW Championship Round 1 online

You can stream the first round Golf Channel TV coverage of the BMW Championship on golfchannel.com. Fans can also view Featured Group coverage of the opening round all day Thursday via PGA Tour Live with a subscription.

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2021 BMW Championship Round 1 tee times (All times ET)

Tee No. 1

9:40 a.m. – Charl Schwartzel, Keith Mitchell, Kevin Streelman
9:52 a.m. – Harold Varner III, Robert Streb, Aaron Wise
10:04 a.m. – Shane Lowry, Tom Hoge, Cameron Champ
10:16 a.m. – Russell Henley, Branden Grace, Webb Simpson
10:28 a.m. – Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler
10:40 a.m. – Stewart Cink, Corey Conners, Joaquin Niemann
10:57 a.m. – Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland, Brooks Koepka
11:09 a.m. – Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Sam Burns
11:21 a.m. – Tony Finau, Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith
11:33 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Max Homa, Kevin Kisner
11:45 a.m. – Keegan Bradley, Si Woo Kim, Cameron Tringale
11:57 a.m. – Ryan Palmer, Harry Higgs, Phil Mickelson
12:14 p.m. – Sebastián Muñoz, Chris Kirk, Jhonattan Vegas
12:26 p.m. – Maverick McNealy, Paul Casey, Emiliano Grillo
12:38 p.m. – Lucas Glover, Matt Jones, Alex Noren
12:50 p.m. – Carlos Ortiz, Brian Harman, Hudson Swafford
1:02 p.m. – Marc Leishman, Cam Davis, K.H. Lee
1:14 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na
1:31 p.m. – Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau
1:43 p.m. – Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa
1:55 p.m. – Sungjae Im, Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy
2:07 p.m. – Sergio Garcia, Erik van Rooyen, Lee Westwood
2:19 p.m. – Mackenzie Hughes, Patton Kizzire, Talor Gooch

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