The Players Championship 2013 streaming: How to watch, listen

Sam Greenwood

The PGA Tour provides several ways to watch almost all the golf at their main event at TPC Sawgrass.

The 2013 Players Championship tees off bright and early on Thursday morning at TPC Sawgrass, and there will be complete broadcast coverage through three different forms of media. This is the biggest tournament on the PGA Tour's calendar and they do everything they can to hype it up as the "5th Major" so they certainly don't limit the amount of time the networks can broadcast their main event.

The sister networks of Golf Channel and NBC will carry the expanded coverage on television, coming on the air early in the afternoon and carrying coverage all the way to the scheduled finish at 7 p.m. ET. This is the biggest stretch for NBC's golf coverage, owning the rights to golf's most important event in May (The Players) and June (U.S. Open). As such, we will get the crotchety cranky commentary of Johnny Miller, who's never shy to rip Tiger Woods or more recently, Rory McIlroy. But unlike the Masters, the PGA Tour and its broadcast partners ensure that almost every shot played is covered.

Along with the TV coverage, both GolfChannel.com and PGATour.com will have expanded online livestream coverage. Golf Channel will have a stream that simulcasts their TV coverage, so if you're stuck in the office during the first two rounds, you don't have to miss anything from Thursday and Friday. That same simulcast will continue on the weekend.

But in addition to the regular livestream, the PGA Tour's website will have dedicated streams to featured groups and featured holes on all four days. The featured group stream will follow a threesome in the morning and afternoon wave on each day, and will include coverage of the game's biggest names, such as Woods and McIlroy. The featured holes stream will cover "holes coming into the clubhouse" but focus mostly on No. 13 and No. 17, the famous island green hole where every tee shot will be streamed.

Here's the complete schedule for TV, streaming, and radio coverage this week:

TV Schedule

Thursday, May 9
1 to 7 p.m. ET -- Golf Channel
9 to 12 a.m. ET -- Golf Channel (replay)
Friday, May 10
1 to 7 p.m. ET -- Golf Channel
9 to 12 a.m. ET -- Golf Channel (replay)
Saturday, May 11
2 to 7 p.m. ET -- NBC
Sunday, May 12
2 to 7 p.m. ET -- NBC

Streaming Schedule

Thursday, 5/9 and Friday, 5/10
Livestream available on Golf Channel.com from 1-7 p.m. ET
Saturday, 5/11 and Sunday, 5/12
Livestream available on NBC from 1:30 to 7 p.m. ET

Featured Groups Stream
Thursday, May 9 -- 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
Morning Group -- Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker
Afternoon Group -- Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, K.J. Choi
Friday, May 10 -- 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
Morning Group -- Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker
Afternoon Group -- Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel
Saturday 5/11 and Sunday 5/12 -- 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
Groups TBD

Featured Holes Livestream -- Nos. 13 and 17
Thursday 5/9 and Friday 5/10 -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET
Saturday 5/11 and Sunday 5/12 -- Noon to 7 p.m. ET

Radio Schedule

Thursday 5/9 through Sunday 5/12
Coverage on Sirius-XM PGA Tour from Noon to 7 p.m. ET

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