How to watch The Open live stream 2022: get British major golf online from anywhere today – McIlroy and Hovland within touching distance of the Claret Jug

Tiger Woods tees off at St Andrews
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Eight years after last tasting victory at a major, is Rory McIlroy (16-under) set to lift the Claret Jug at the birthplace of golf? It would be some way to end his drought, and the stands are willing the Northern Irishman all the way. Tied for the lead is the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, who's never finished in the top 10 of a major in 11 attempts. With soaring temperatures set to firm up the greens and fairways, the duo could face the trickiest conditions of them all at St Andrews. It's not over until it's over, so make sure you know how to watch a 2022 British Open live stream online from anywhere in the world, with or without cable and satellite TV.

The Open live stream 2022

Tournament dates: Thursday, July 14 - Sunday, July 17

Start times (Fri): 7.20am BST / 2.20am ET / 11.20pm PT / 4.20pm AEST

Venue: Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Live stream: Peacock TV / NBC and USA Network via Sling TV discount or FREE fuboTV trial | TSN (CA) | Sky Sports (UK) | Kayo Sports FREE trial (AU)

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Leading the chase from four strokes back are Cameron Smith and Cameron Young (12-under), who have both held the lead at various stages of the tournament. Smith in particular knows better than anyone what can happen when the pressure cranks up, having fallen through the trapdoor during the run-in at Augusta in April, and the Aussie will be primed to pounce on any slip-ups at the top.

World No.1 and reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler (11-under) is in the midst of one of the most impressive seasons in recent history, and catching the leaders from five strokes back would elevate it to one of the greatest seasons of all time. 

Dustin Johnson (10-under), meanwhile, is flying the flag for the LIV Golf rebels, who have collectively had by far their best tournament since waging war on the PGA. If one of the new golf order managed to lay their hands on the Claret Jug, at golf's holiest site... it's unthinkable.

With St Andrews not due to host The Open again for at least the next five years, it's going to be a long time until we get to experience anything like this again. Follow our guide as we explain how to watch a British Open live stream online so that you don't miss a moment from St Andrews. We've also listed tee times, leaders, and the latest St Andrews weather forecast further down the page.

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How to watch The Open 2022: live stream in the UK


Golf fans based in the UK can watch The Open on Sky Sports. Live coverage is available through the Sky Sports Golf channel from Thursday through to Sunday, starting at 6.30am BST for Rounds 1 and 2, 9am for Round 3, and 8am for Round 4 on Sunday. 

Sky customers with a Sky Sports subscription can also watch the 2022 British Open on the go on mobile devices via the Sky Go streaming service, which has dedicated apps for iOS, iPadOS and Android devices, along with Xbox and PlayStation consoles. If you want to sign up, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.

If you don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract, consider the more flexible streaming option, Now, (formerly Now TV). Now sports passes start at £11.99.

Those outside the UK wanting to watch The Open golf coverage like they would at home needn't worry about geo-blockers, either - as they can just pick up an ExpressVPN trial for 30 days and follow the instructions above to safely live stream the action.

How to watch an Open Championship golf live stream from outside your country

There are loads of easy ways to watch a British Open golf live stream in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and almost anywhere else in the world. Scroll down for a full breakdown of options. That said, if you're abroad right now do note that you’ll need to use a VPN to access your regular streaming service so that you don't get geo-blocked.

A VPN is perfect for this, as it allows you to change your IP address so you appear to be in your country of residence, where you usual streaming services and subscriptions are based. You may be surprised by how easy it is to get started using one, too.

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2022 British Open TV schedule

The 2022 British Open is being shown across Peacock TV, NBC and USA Network in the US. It's an extremely convoluted broadcast schedule, but the main thing you need to know is the best of the action will air on Peacock and NBC.

(All times ET)

Thursday, Round 1 - live coverage is on Peacock from 1.30am to 4am; USA Network from 4am to 3pm; and Peacock from 3pm to 4pm.

Friday, Round 2 - it's on Peacock from 1.30am to 4am; USA Network from 4am to 3pm; and Peacock from 3pm to 4pm.

Saturday, Round 3 - it's USA network from 5am to 7am; then Peacock and NBC from 7am to 3pm.

Sunday, Round 4 - live British Open coverage is on USA Network from 4am to 7am; and finally Peacock and NBC from 7am to 2pm. 

How to watch 2022 British Open: live stream golf in the US without cable


The bulk of the 2022 Open Championship action is being shown on Peacock. It's showing everything that's on NBC - including the vast majority of the weekend's golf - plus plenty more.

Peacock costs $4.99 a month for an ad-supported version of the service that also offers live coverage of every big WWE event, plus the NFL and plenty more live sports. You also have the option of paying $10 a month for commercial-free coverage.

Alternatively, OTT streaming service Sling TV is reasonably priced and includes both NBC and USA Network in select markets, as part of its Sling Blue package. The usual cost is $35 a month, but if you're new to the service you can get your first month for half price.

Another over-the-top streaming service that includes NBC and USA Network in select markets is FuboTV. It's a much more comprehensive cable replacement, and carries more than 100 channels including Fox, CBS and ESPN.

Prices start at $69.99 a month after a FREE FuboTV trial.

If you subscribe to Peacock, Sling or any other US streaming service and find yourself unable to access coverage because you're out of the country, consider using a VPN as outlined below -we rate ExpressVPN as the best of the best.

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How to live stream The Open golf in Australia


Golf fans Down Under can live stream the 2022 British Open on Fox Sports or Kayo Sports. Live coverage starts at 3.30pm AEST for Rounds 1 and 2, 7pm for Round 3, and 6pm for Round 4. 

You'll need to have a paid subscription to watch on Fox Sports or via a Foxtel subscription. For a cheaper alternative, you can live stream The Open golf online through slick streaming platform Kayo

Newbies can take advantage of a FREE Kayo trial to see if the service is right for them. For those who decide to keep it, Kayo price plans start from a super affordable AUD$25 a month – really good value considering how much premium live sports action it hosts.

Not in Australia? Aussies abroad looking to watch a British Open live stream should find that a good VPN helps them access their home streaming services wherever they are.

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How to watch 2022 Open Championship: live stream golf in Canada


In Canada, golf fans can watch the 2022 Open Championship via TSN and CTV, though bear in mind that the networks are only showing Rounds 3 and 4 of the tournament.

If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis from CA$7.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.

Coverage gets underway at 7am ET / 4am PT for both Rounds 3 and 4.

If you decide to subscribe or already have, remember you can take your favorite sports streaming service with you wherever you go - just try our No. 1 overall rated VPN 100% risk-free for 30-days and follow the instructions above.

2022 Open Championship leaders after Round 3

T1 (-16)

Rory McIlroy
Vikto Hovland

T3 (-12)

Cameron Smith
Cameron Young

T5 (-11)

Scottie Scheffler
Kim Si-woo

7 (-10)

Dustin Johnson

T8 (-9)

Matt Fitzpatrick
Tommy Fleetwood
Adam Scott

2022 Open Championship tee times: Round 4

All times BST

  • 7.20 Sam Bairstow 
  • 7.30 Jamie Rutherford Wyndham Clark 
  • 7.40 Hideki Matsuyama, David Law
  • 7.50 Sung Jae Im, Sam Burns 
  • 8.00 Garrick Higgo, Adria Arnaus
  • 8.10 Patrick Reed Laurie Canter 
  • 8.25 Cameron Tringale Joaquin Niemann
  • 8.35 Jordan Smith Aaron Jarvis
  • 8.45 Danny Willett Barclay Brown 
  • 8.55 Sebastian Munoz, Robert Dinwiddie 
  • 9.05 Lars van Meijel, Yuto Katsuragawa
  • 9.15 Kurt Kitayama Jason Kokrak 
  • 9.30 Justin Thomas Marcus Armitage 
  • 9.40 Jason Scrivener Paul Casey 
  • 9.50 Tony Finau Justin de Los Santos 
  • 10.00 Thriston Lawrence, Thomas Detry
  • 10.10 Sergio Garcia, Corey Conners
  • 10.20 John Parry Adrian Meronk
  • 10.40 Robert MacIntyre, Talor Gooch 
  • 10.50 Sadom Kaewkanjana, Abraham Ancer
  • 11.00 Lee Westwood David Carey
  • 11.10 Harold Varner III Joo-Hyung Kim
  • 11.20 Brad Kennedy Filippo Celli
  • 11.30 Chris Kirk Billy Horschel 
  • 11.45 Richard Mansell Christiaan Bezuidenhout
  • 11.55 Sahith Theegala Min-Woo Lee 
  • 12.05 Xander Schauffele Lucas Herbert 
  • 12.15 Jon Rahm, Victor Perez
  • 12.25 Will Zalatoris Nicolai Hoejgaard
  • 12.35 Anthony Quayle Ian Poulter 
  • 12.55 Aaron Wise Dean Burmester
  • 13.05 Russell Henley Dylan Frittelli
  • 13.15 Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau 
  • 13.25 Trey Mullinax Tyrrell Hatton 
  • 13.35 Shane Lowry, Brian Harman 
  • 13.45 Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner 
  • 14.00 Jordan Spieth Patrick Cantlay 
  • 14.10 Adam Scott Matthew Fitzpatrick 
  • 14.20 Dustin Johnson Tommy Fleetwood 
  • 14.30 Scottie Scheffler Si Woo Kim
  • 14.40 Cameron Young Cameron Smith 
  • 14.50 Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland

Where is the 2022 Open Championship?

The Open returns to St Andrews for the first time since 2015, with the world’s greatest players competing for the Claret Jug on the Old Course, the oldest and most famous golf course in the world. 

St Andrews isn't due to host The Open again for at least the next five years.

Who are the favourites for the 2022 Open?

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler enters The Open as one of the standout favorites for the Claret Jug. The world No.1 has won a further three PGA tournaments this year, and is on course for one of the greatest seasons golf has ever seen. 

It's been a quiet campaign by Jon Rahm's standards, but as one of the most consistent golfers in the world over the past few years, it would be little surprise if the Spaniard was in contention come Sunday.

Though eight years have passed since his latest major victory, Rory McIlroy is playing some of his best golf in years, while Xander Schauffele is one of the in-form players coming into the tournament.

How much does the winner of The Open Championship get?

While The Open ranks last among golf’s four biggest tournaments in terms of prize money, the winner and top finishers still pick up a bumper payday. 

There’s been a hefty increase over the last tournament's winnings, with the prize pool increasing this year to $14 million (£11.2 million), up from $11.5 million (£8.02m).

The winner will pocket £2 million ($2.5 million), up from £1.489 million ($2.07 million) a year ago.

Who qualifies for The Open?

Whether their loyalties lie with the PGA Tour or LIV Golf, The Open Championship is the tournament every pro golfer wants to play in, but there are only 156 places available. Players can qualify in one of four ways.

The most common for top-tier stars is through exemption. The top 50 players on the current Golf World Rankings all qualify in this way, as do the top 10 players from the previous British Open Championship. All players who have won one of the other three majors in the previous five years also receive an exemption, as do the top 30 players from previous year’s PGA Tour money list and those on the European Order of Merit. Finally, all previous Open Champions under the age of 60 also get an exemption.

Players that don’t make the exemption criteria can get an invite via the Open Qualifying Series (OQS), and also via local qualifying. Finally, if the field size has not reached 156, players that have the highest rating in the official golf rankings that haven’t already qualified will get the nod.

Who won the 2021 Open Championship?

Collin Morikawa won the 2021 Open, which was held at Royal St George's in Sandwich, England.

The American finished 15-under-par on his Open Championship debut, two strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth, to earn his fifth PGA Tour title and his second major.

Open 2022 dates: when is the British Open being played this year?

The tournament tees off on Thursday, July 14, with the final round set to be played on Sunday, July 17.

British Open 2022: weather forecast for St Andrews

With the Firth of Tay to the north, the Firth of Forth to the south, and the North Sea to the east, the Old Course at St Andrews is more susceptible to the elements than most.

Round 4 is set to be the warmest day of the tournament, with temperatures expected to rise to highs of 26 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon. That could make conditions tricky for the leaders, who are scheduled to tee off in mid-afternoon, though there's a chance that the greens and fairways will be softened by the odd light shower.

Why was Phil Mickelson allowed to play at the 2022 British Open?

Phil Mickelson was one of several players taking part in the 2022 Open Championship despite no longer being a member of the PGA Tour. 

Lefty was the highest-profile player to be suspended from the PGA Tour because of his involvement in the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf breakaway tour. 

Others, such as Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen, opted to jump before they could be pushed, resigning their memberships when it became clear they'd no longer be welcome on the PGA Tour.

However, as The Open Championship is hosted by the The R&A, the PGA Tour and the Professional Golfers' Association of America have no say in who gets to compete in the event.

While Mickelson, Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka didn't make the cut, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau and Garcia are still in contention.

Is Tiger Woods playing in The Open Championship this year?

Tiger Woods withdrew from last month's US Open in an effort to build up his strength for what has been rumored to be his last real bid to lift the Claret Jug at the Old Course. 

The 46-year-old, who has won the Open Championship three times - including two legendary triumphs at St Andrews - is recovering from a life-threatening car crash, but the process isn't going as smoothly as everybody had hoped.

He was in visible pain when he made his comeback at the Masters in April and competed at the PGA Championship in May, though he still made the cut at both events. 

However, he opted out of the latter stages of the PGA Championship when the condition of his leg worsened, and was unable to make the cut in Fife this week. 

Who has won the most Open Championships?

Harry Vardon (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914) has won The Open Championship more times than anybody else, though curiously, he never lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews. He won the tournament three times at Prestwick, twice at Royal St. George's, and once at Muirfield.

His contemporaries James Braid (1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910) and John Henry Taylor (1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913) each won The Open five times, as did Peter Thomson (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965) and Tom Watson (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983). 

Pádraig Harrington was the last player to win consecutive Open Championships, which he achieved immediately after Tiger Woods.

2022 Travelers Championship leaders after Round 3

1 (-17)

Xander Schauffele

2 (-16)

Patrick Cantlay

3 (-14)

Sahith Theegala

4 (-13)

Kevin Kisner

T5 (-12)

Martin Laird
Kyoung-Hoon Lee

T7 (-11)

Nick Hardy
JT Poston
Webb Simpson
Michael Thorbjornsen

T11 (-10)

Harris English
Scottie Scheffler
Matthew NeSmith
Lee Hodges

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