The digital streaming revolution has irreversibly changed how we enjoy our entertainment, from TV shows and movies to live sports. As a result, cord-cutting, or the practice of replacing traditional cable and satellite television subscriptions with online services like Hulu, is becoming increasingly popular; and although sports broadcasting has lagged behind other content when it comes to streaming, golf fans who want to watch the PGA Tour online now have some alternatives to cable TV.
If you’re looking for a way to stream golf tournaments online, then you’ve got a few options available to you — and with the season’s FedEx Cup playoffs scheduled to conclude the tour in August, now’s the perfect time to sign up and start streaming. To help you find the right package for your needs and budget, we’ve put together a handy roundup of the best ways to stream the PGA Tour golf tournaments, along with a rundown of the 2022 PGA Tour schedule and the current top-ranked golfers.
How to watch the 2022 PGA Tour in the U.S.
The primary reason that sports have traditionally been slower than other content to jump onto the streaming bandwagon is due to tighter region-based broadcasting restrictions. Broadcasters typically keep a tight grip on their contracts to air sports content, and in the U.S., golf coverage is shared between two rival networks: NBC (and its Golf Channel) and CBS.
What this means for cord-cutters and other streamers is that, if you want to watch the PGA Tour online, you’ll need a package that includes either or both of these networks. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it sounds. In the U.S., your best choice (and the best value) is the Hulu + Live TV bundle. For $70 per month, you get full access to the entire Hulu streaming library along with more than 65 live channels, including the NBC Golf Channel as well as any PGA Tour and other golf content available via CBS. You’ll also get access to Disney+ and ESPN content. Better still, you can sign up for a free seven-day Hulu + Live TV trial if you want to give it a spin first. While that price is for the bundle with ads, there is an ad-free version for slightly more, at $76 per month.
If you don’t want a complete streaming package and you just need a stand-alone way to watch the PGA Tour online, then you’ve got some other options. As NBC and CBS hold broadcasting rights, you can sign up for CBS All Access to stream PGA tournaments and other golf-related content on your PC, smart TV, or mobile device. It’s a paid service, but for $6 per month, you also get to enjoy a large library of TV shows along with PGA Tour events.
If you’re already signed on with a TV package that includes NBC, then you can enjoy free access to the NBC Golf Channel. This allows you to watch the PGA Tour online via your computer’s web browser (just note that you’ll have to turn your ad-blockers off) or on a smart TV or mobile device with the free Golf Channel app. Amazon Prime members can also enjoy watching the PGA Tour online; however, the PGA Tour Prime Channel requires a $10 monthly subscription on top of the $13 monthly Prime membership, so this is not the most cost-effective streaming option.
Those still looking for a full streaming package (and, for whatever reason, don’t want Hulu) have a few remaining options. The cheapest of these is the Sling TV Blue plan, which includes NBC Sports in its channel lineup that rings in at just $30 per month. More comprehensive packages include YouTube TV, offering 85-plus channels (including NBC and CBS) for $65 per month, or AT&T TV Now which features NBC and CBS in both its 45-plus channel Plus package ($55 per month) and its 60-plus channel Max package ($80 per month) which also comes bundled with HBO Max.
2022 PGA Tour world rankings
The PGA Tour world rankings are always shifting, and currently American golfers hold six of the top 10 spots on that roster. The two top names in professional golf are Scottie Scheffler from the United States and Cameron Smith from Australia. Rory McIlroy, now number five, has had a storied history in top rankings throughout his career. It will be interesting to see if he pulls forward later into the tour. McIlroy also holds the distinction of being only one of three golfers — the other two being Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods — to win four majors by the age of 25.
Scheffler is a fast learner on the course, and has a real chance to take the number one spot by the end of the year. However, Cameron Smith is hot on his heels, and will certainly give the rest of the top ten a run for their money. It’s still early enough in the season that anyone could pull ahead here.
|1||S. Scheffler (U.S.)||3,556 (22 events) avg. points|
|2||C. Smith (Australia)||2,335 (16) avg. points|
|3||S. Burns (U.S.)||2,275 (21) avg. points|
|4||X. Schauffele (U.S.)||2,153 (18) avg. points|
|5||R. Mcllroy (N. Ireland)||2,104 (13) avg. points|
|6||P. Cantlay (U.S.)||1,900 (16) avg. points|
|7||J. Thomas (U.S.)||1,783 (18) avg. points|
|8||H. Matsuyama (Japan)||1,697 (18) avg. points|
|9||W. Zalatoris (U.S.)||1,600 (20) avg. points|
|10||M. Fitzpatrick (England)||1,596 (17) avg. points|
2022 PGA Tour schedule
As one might expect, the PGA Tour has a full calendar of events planned for the rest of the year. You can check out the official schedule (which also includes canceled and postponed events) at the PGA Tour website, but here’s a quick look at a handful of upcoming tournaments:
|July 21-24||3M Open||TPC Twin Cities||$7,500,000|
|July 28-31||Rocket Mortgage Classic||Detroit Golf Club||$8,400,000|
|August 4-7||Wyndham Championship||Sedgefield Country Club||$7,300,000|
|August 11-14||FedEx St. Jude Championship||TPC Southwind||$15,000,000|
|August 18–21||BMW Championship||Wilmington Country Club||$15,000,000|
|August 25-28||TOUR Championship||East Lake Golf Club||$75,000,000|
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