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

Jordan Spieth begins the 2021 Open Championship early Thursday morning.

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The 2021 Open Championship is finally underway at Royal St. George’s! If you’re not one of the lucky fans in attendance on Thursday, have no fear. Here’s what you need to know to watch the first-round Open action on TV or online.

Previewing Open Championship Round 1

A star-studded field featuring the best men’s golfers in the world has assembled in England for this week’s 149th Open Championship, the final major of the year. Thursday will see the first Open shots hit in two years after the 2020 event was canceled due to the Coid-19 pandemic.

Newly-minted U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm has high hopes to become one of the few players in history to win both Opens in the same year. Bryson DeChambeau will try to get back into major contention after recent struggles in the big events, and Phil Mickelson has his sights set on his second major title of the year and adding another Claret Jug replica to his trophy cabinet. The same can be said for former Open champions Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen.

For viewers in the United States, the opening-round action will begin in the early-morning hours on Thursday, with exclusive coverage starting at 1:30 a.m. ET on Peacock Premium. Golf Channel will handle the TV broadcast for Round 1 beginning at 4 a.m. ET.


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

How to watch Open Championship Round 1 on TV

Golf Channel will air the first round of the 2021 Open Championship with 11 hours of coverage on Thursday from 4 a.m.-3 p.m. ET.

How to stream Open Championship Round 1 online

The primary place to stream the first round of the 2021 Open Championship is via Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service. With a Peacock Premium account, you can watch exclusive early and late coverage of Round 1, Featured Group and Featured Hole coverage all day long, and a simulcast of the Golf Channel TV broadcast.

Here’s the full streaming schedule for Thursday at Royal St. George’s:

Exclusive Peacock Round 1 Coverage: 1:30-4 a.m. ET (Peacock Premium)
Golf Channel Round 1 Coverage: 4 a.m.-3 p.m. ET (Golfchannel.com, Peacock Premium)
Featured Group Coverage: 3 a.m.-3 p.m. (Peacock)
Featured Hole Coverage (Holes 14-16): 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Peacock)
Exclusive Peacock Round 1 Coverage: 3-4 p.m. ET (Peacock Premium)


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

Tee No. 1

1:35 a.m. – Richard Bland, Andy Sullivan, Marcus Armitage
1:46 a.m. – Chan Kim, Justin Harding, Haotong Li
1:57 a.m. – Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Abel Gallegos (a)
2:08 a.m. – Alex Noren, J.C. Ritchie, Richard Mansell
2:19 a.m. – Dean Burmester, Danny Willett, Laird Shepherd (a)
2:30 a.m. – Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Sam Horsfield, Min Woo Lee
2:41 a.m. – Viktor Hovland, Ryan Palmer, Thomas Detry
2:52 a.m. – Paul Casey, Abraham Ancer, Ian Poulter
3:03 a.m. – Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Garrick Higgo
3:14 a.m. – Daniel Berger, Joaquin Niemann, Joel Dahmen
3:25 a.m. – Darren Clarke, Bernd Wiesberger, Joe Long (a)
3:36 a.m. – Chris Kirk, Marcus Kinhult, Jack Senior
3:47 a.m. – Talor Gooch, C.T. Pan, Jonathan Thomson
4:03 a.m. – Ernie Els, Gary Woodland, Cole Hammer (a)
4:14 a.m. – Sam Burns, Lucas Herbert, Jorge Campillo
4:25 a.m. – Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Branden Grace
4:36 a.m. – Brian Harman, Mackenzie Hughes, Dylan Frittelli
4:47 a.m. – Victor Perez, Kevin Streelman, Guido Migliozzi
4:58 a.m. – Shane Lowry, Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen
5:09 a.m. – Stewart Cink, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer
5:20 a.m. – Dustin Johnson, Will Zalatoris, Justin Rose
5:31 a.m. – Scottie Scheffler, Sergio Garcia, Yuxin Lin (a)
5:42 a.m. – Harris English, Erik Van Rooyen, Chez Reavie
5:53 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Byeong Hun An, Brandt Snedeker
6:04 a.m. – Cameron Tringale, Takumi Kanaya, Marcel Schneider
6:15 a.m. – Lanto Griffin, Rikuya Hoshino, Connor Worsdall
6:36 a.m. – Aaron Rai, Paul Waring, Daniel Croft
6:47 a.m. – Daniel Van Tonder,Jazz Janewattananond, Christoffer Bring (a)
6:58 a.m. – Harold Varner III, Brendan Steele, Matthias Schmid (a)
7:09 a.m. – Troy Merritt, Adam Long, Jaco Ahlers
7:20 a.m. – Jason Day, Joost Luiten, Johannes Veerman
7:31 a.m. – John Catlin, Romain Langasque, Aaron Pike,
7:42 a.m. – Padraig Harrington, Brad Kennedy, Sam Forgan
7:53 a.m. – Tony Finau, Billy Horschel, Adam Hadwin
8:04 a.m. – Patrick Cantlay, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ryan Fox
8:15 a.m. – Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman, Matt Wallace
8:26 a.m. – Collin Morikawa, Corey Conners, Sebastian Munoz
8:37 a.m. – Jason Scrivener, Keith Mitchell, Sam Bairstow (a)
8:48 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Emiliano Grillo, Benjamin Hebert
9:04 a.m. – Keegan Bradley, Richard T. Lee, Rafa Cabrera Bello
9:15 a.m. – Carlos Ortiz, Brendon Todd, Matthias Schwab
9:26 a.m. – Webb Simpson, Russell Henley, Shaun Norris
9:37 a.m. – Matt Jones, Daniel Hillier, Marcel Siem
9:48 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Tyrrell Hatton, Kevin Kisner
9:59 a.m. – Xander Schauffele, Robert MacIntyre, Rickie Fowler
10:10 a.m. – Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott
10:21 a.m. – Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Cameron Smith
10:32 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Max Homa, Matt Kuchar
10:43 a.m. – Antoine Rozner, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Ben Hutchinson
10:54 a.m. – Kurt Kitayama, Deyen Lawson, Poom Saksansin
11:05 a.m. – Yuki Inamori, Jimmy Walker, Ricardo Celia
11:16 a.m. – Rikard Karlberg, Ryutaro Nagano, Nicholas Poppleton

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