How to watch 2019 Players Championship: live stream the golf from anywhere

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The 2019 Players Championship is here to kick off the golf season the way it should. Back to its March slot in the first time for over a decade, it really focuses the sporting world's attention back to the fairways and greens. They belong, as ever, to the superb Sawgrass in Florida and we can tell you how to get a Players Championship live stream from absolutely anywhere in the world.

Last year's so-called 'fifth major' belonged to Webb Simpson. His second round 63 tied the course record of -9 and opened up an early five shot lead. He never looked back and the American cruised to his first Players Championship title.

The Players Championship 2019 - where and when

As it has since 1982, The Players Championship will take place at the TPC at Sawgrass course near Jacksonville in Florida, US. If you've ever played a golf video game, you will likely have torn your hair out at some stage at the tricky water-surrounded 17th hole.

It's set to take place between Thursday, March 14 and Sunday, March 17. The first group on days one and two are set to tee off at 7.40am local time, so 4.40am PT or 12.40pm GMT.

Back to preceding the Masters, the Players gives pro golfers the chance to set their stall out for the season, with a ludicrous winner's purse of $2.25m up for grabs. World number one Dustin Johnson has shown some strong form already this year, winning the World Golf Championships a few weeks ago in Mexico. But other top 10 occupiers Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari have all also won tournaments in 2019.

It may not be one of the official four majors on the golfing calendar, but it's far from a minor event. Now into its fifth decade, the tournament has produced some of the most memorable moments - and champions - in golf history. And with the TPC at Sawgrass and its infamous 17th hole Island Green there should still be plenty of drama throughout. You can stream The Players Championship 2019 live with this handy guide.

Live stream Players Championship golf from outside your country

You can scroll a little further down the page to discover who is broadcasting the golf in the US, UK and Australia. But if you find yourself abroad this weekend, you'll soon be faced with a geo-block if you try to access a live stream.

That's where a VPN can really come in handy. The software allows you to alter the IP address of your laptop, tablet, mobile phone or streaming device to one in another country. So you can effectively fool it into thinking it's back at home, and thus bypass the block - worth checking that the Ts&Cs of your broadcaster allow this first, of course.

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How to watch the Players Championship in the US

NBC's Golf Channel appears to have the coverage stateside, meaning that you're sorted if you already have access to NBC as part of your cable package. You can watch on the NBC website, too, as well as on apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox and more.

If you're a cord-cutter and ruing your choice, there's no need. There are plenty of other services that can help you watch. For example, you can tune in and watch via another subscription service such as DirectTV, Sling and Fubo - each of which has a free trial.

Out of the US this week? That's not a problem either, as getting hold of a VPN will let you get around any potential geo-blocking that gets in your way.

How to watch the 2019 Players Championship 2019: UK stream

If you're a UK-based golf fan, you'll be well used to this by now. Sky Sports has all the Sawgrass coverage on your side of the Atlantic. Head straight to the Sky Sports Golf channel from 11.30am GMT to watch featured groups. And if you're not going to be at home much this weekend, you can download the Sky Go app on your tablet or smartphone.

Don't have Sky and don't fancy subscribing just for the golf? Well Now TV may well be a decent fit for you. It costs £14.99 for a week's worth of access. And pretty much every streaming device you can think of has a Now app - you can even try it for FREE for 7 days if you haven't had a trial before.

Out of the UK this weekend? Then follow our instructions above to get a VPN and watch as if you were back in Blighty.

How to get a Players Championship live stream in Australia

2019's first big golf tournament is playing on Fox Sports, althouigh you'll obviously be in for some long nights or early mornings if you're determined to watch it live.

Your other options is to sign up for the fast-emerging Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and gives you access to over 50 other sports.

Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.

The Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports apps means you can access this from your chosen device wherever you are (although you'll need a VPN if you're taking that abroad).