How to watch the Masters tournament when the golf competition begins on April 8

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  • The Masters is one of professional golf’s four major tournaments.
  • You can watch all the action for free starting April 8 at Masters.com or via the Masters mobile app.
  • Select coverage will also be available on ESPN, CBS, ESPN+, and Paramount Plus.

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The Masters is one of the most cherished tournaments in sports, and its iconic green jacket is the object of desire for golfers around the world.

The tournament, the first of the PGA’s four majors, is scheduled to begin on April 8 and will run through April 11. Unlike last year’s competition, this year’s event will allow in-person fans to watch their favorite golfers in action. For the first time since 2019, the tournament will take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Although 2019 winner Tiger Woods will be absent from this year’s edition, 2020 champion Dustin Johnson hopes to defend his title. Other top golfers, including Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth, hope to grab the green jacket in 2021.

How to watch the Masters 2021

The Masters will begin on April 8 and the tournament will conclude on April 11. Coverage will be spread across a few different broadcast stations and online sources, including ESPN, CBS, CBS Sports, Masters.com, the Masters app, ESPN+, and Paramount Plus.

You can stream the Masters Tournament for free through the Masters website and mobile app

The most comprehensive way to stream the Masters is through the Masters.com website or the Masters mobile app. Both the website and the app are free and don’t require an account or TV provider.

Through the app and website, you’ll be able to watch four rounds of streams from select groups and select holes, such as Augusta National Golf Course’s Amen Corner.

Aside from select streams, you can also choose certain players to add to a “My Group” list. Once you choose players to watch, you can start streaming all their shots live from the tournament. This is the only way you can catch golfers with the earliest tee times each round.

The only downside to using the website or app is that playback will be limited to a mobile device or web browser. If you want easy access to the Masters on your TV, you can catch select coverage on ESPN and CBS, as well as streaming services like ESPN+ and Paramount Plus.

The Masters: ESPN and CBS schedule

ESPN will broadcast select coverage from the first and second rounds of the Masters. CBS will offer select coverage from the third and fourth rounds of the tournament.

Round

Coverage starts

Channel

Round 1

3 p.m. ET on April 8

ESPN

Round 2 3 p.m. ET on April 9 ESPN
Round 3

3 p.m. ET on April 10

CBS

Round 4 2 p.m. ET on April 11 CBS

The cheapest way to watch ESPN’s first and second round broadcasts without cable is via Sling TV.

Sling’s Orange plan costs $35 a month and includes the ESPN channel, along with several other popular networks like TNT, AMC, and CNN. You can find a full breakdown of Sling’s channel offerings here.

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Outside of the ESPN cable network’s broadcast, you can also get access to select groups and holes from the tournament through ESPN+.

The platform costs $6 a month or $60 a year. ESPN+ can also be bundled with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month. It’s important to remember, however, that ESPN+ does not include access to the live ESPN channel.

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If you want to watch the third and fourth round broadcasts on CBS without cable, your cheapest streaming option is Paramount Plus. Paramount Plus costs $6 a month for ad-supported streaming, or $10 a month for ad-free streaming. Commercial-free playback is only available when watching on-demand content.

Like ESPN+, Paramount Plus will also offer streams of select groups and holes that won’t be part of the TV broadcast. You can find our full Paramount Plus review here.

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