After a long and sweaty summer, we are inching ever closer to one of the most prestigious and high profile golf tournaments in the world; the PGA Championship. But that’s not all for those of us who love watching golf. Sprinkled throughout the month of August is a fantastic collection of fantastic PGA tournaments that are sure to fill your weekends with the sweet silence of the evergreen links.
The best part of all is that you don’t have to sign up or keep your bloated cable subscription in order to tune. Today we’ll give you an in-depth look at this month’s PGA schedule and, most importantly, how you can watch it all without cable.
Let’s get started!
Barracuda Championship, August 3-6, Golf Channel
Founded 18 years ago and played on a course designed by the great Jack Nicklaus, the Barracuda Championship is a great stepping stone for golfers hoping to climb up the world rankings. Serving as an “Alternate Event,” victors of the Barracuda Championship won’t win an invitation to the Masters Tournament but with a purse of $3.3 million, they’re unlikely to care.
World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational, August 3-6, CBS/Golf Channel
Billed as the successor to the World Series of Golf, the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational is an international event that is definitely worth your time.
In order to qualify for the event, prospective golfers have to either rank in the world’s top 50, have played on the previous Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup teams, win a worldwide event with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more, or be the the winner select international tournaments. If you like your tournaments international, this is the one to tune in to.
PGA Championship, August 10-13, TNT/CBS
Without a doubt, the PGA Championship is one of the biggest and most important tournaments in golfing. Aside from the staggering $10.5 million prize, golfers that win the PGA Championship gain a whole host of amazing benefits. PGA Championship winners gain automatic invitations to play in the Masters, U.S. Open, and The Open Championship for the next five years. They are also exempt from having to qualify for the PGA Championship for life. Not bad for a few day’s worth of work.
Wyndham Championship, August 17-20, Golf Channel/CBS
The Wyndham Championship may not be as high profile as the PGA Championship, but it’s still an important tournament. As the last PGA tournament before the FedEx Cup plays offs, the Wyndham Championship has the auspicious honor of being the last chance for golfers to make it into the play offs.
The Northern Trust, August 24-27, Golf Channel/CBS
If you want to best position yourself to take home the FedEx Cup, The Northern Trust is where you want to do it. Formerly known as the Westchester Classic (a far better name if you ask me), The Northern Trust is the first tournament in the playoff series. In order to qualify for the next tournament, competitors must rank in the top 100; but considering the fact that there’s only 125 competitors, that shouldn’t be too hard. From there, however, it only gets harder.
If you want to watch golf without cable, you’re going to need the following channels: CBS, TNT, and The Golf Channel. In order to get those channels, you’ll need an over-the-air (OTA) antenna and an online streaming service.
OTA antennas are simply the modern iterations of the old rabbit ear antennas we all grew up with; the key difference being that modern antennas receive a digital signal and give you full HD picture. With an OTA antenna, you’ll be able to pick up CBS, as well as all of the major broadcast networks.
For your live television streaming services, there will be a lot for you to choose from. Not all of them are created equal, and some will be better suited to fit your needs than others. To find out which one that is, you can use this super helpful app called untangle.tv/.
What untangle.tv does is ask you a few questions (such as what kind of shows you want to watch, do you have an antenna, etc…) and based off your answers it makes a recommendation. It’s surprisingly easy and accurate. Check it out!
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