British Open 2019 : The 2019 British Open starts on Thursday morning from Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Defending champion Francesco Molinari will join stars like Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and more as they compete for the 148th Open Championship title. The first round tees off at 1:30 a.m. ET on Thursday and concludes on Sunday.
The town does look almost movie-settish. It’s polished but not stuffy. It’s fish and chips shops, arcades, a handsome harbor teeming with revelers, the obligatory Ferris wheel, a whiff of Guinness in the air. It’s a peninsula with three beaches and plural surf shops. Banners state, “Northern Ireland: Made for Golf.” Locals might tell which golf stars turn up in, say, the Harbour Bar, next to the boats and the Portrush lifeboat station, whose mission has rescued people since 1842.
The stacked field also includes Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, defending champion Francisco Molanari and will feature one of the world’s finest courses.
Golf fans in the U.S. can set their alarms and catch some early morning championship golf. Royal Portrush is five hours ahead of EST, so the first tee times are 1:35 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
You want to watch the 148th Open? Here’s how you can do it.
Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be showcasing 410 hours of overall programming from the men’s final major of the year at Royal Portrush.
In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks, along with the R&A, will showcase live alternate feeds, including multiple marquee groups and featured holes (par-4 fifth, par-3 sixth and par-5 seventh). You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.
Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics: