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British Open 2015 viewing guide: Coverage schedule and how to watch live online from St. Andrews

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and the best in the world descend on the Home of Golf for the season's third major. Here's how to get on "British Open time" and watch all week.

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After the FOX experiment of the U.S. Open, major championship golf returns to one of its traditional partners this week at St. Andrews. ESPN and ABC have a 55-year relationship with the British Open, but 2015's edition at St. Andrews will be their penultimate broadcast. Just last year, the cable giant had varying levels of rights to the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship. But after Royal Troon next year, all that may remain is the Masters, which maintains a constant one-year deal with CBS, who in turn grants early round rights to ESPN.

The past couple years have prompted a game of musical chairs among the majors and their broadcast partners. The U.S. Open took the big FOX money and ran from their traditional partner, NBC. That left Johnny Miller and friends without a major championship and just The Players and Ryder Cup every other year as their marquee golf properties. So when the US portion of the Open Championship rights went out for bidding this summer, NBC, and their Comcast sister cable network, Golf Channel, swooped in and got back into major championship golf. They will start carrying The Open in 2017.

In the interim, ESPN will control every minute of Open Championship coverage at the Old Course and Troon and try go out big. The British Open is such a unique championship for many reasons and one major one is the tradition of overnight viewing in the United States. This is not an easy watch and can weed out the undedicated souls those first two days.

There are many different methods to powering through and getting on "British Open time," but the one I've found most effective is grinding through the first round and just staying up all night. You'll hit a wall late on Thursday, but you will be nice and ready to crash early in the evening and then on pace for Friday and that rest of the weekend. Some alcoholic beverages of your choice might help the process at different points, but you must be careful. This seems to be the more effective and realistic route rather than trying to go to bed super early on Wednesday to get up in the middle of the night Thursday.

Whatever method you may employ for getting yourself on British Open time, just be ready to roll at 4 a.m. ET. That's when ESPN will officially go live on Thursday and Friday. The regulars will all be there -- Scott Van Pelt, Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough anchoring and calling the holes with Paul Azinger, Curtis Strange, and Andy North analyzing and walking with marquee groups. The Open has never been the provenance of Chris Berman, whose buffoonery often enraged the audience when ESPN held rights to the U.S. Open. This is a good team with lots of experience covering this specific championship.

In addition to the broadcast, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will also have multiple streams up and running all four days. A featured holes stream will post up on the famous 17th, the Road Hole, and watch every group come through there each round. A simulcast stream of the ESPN broadcast is available for subscribers, but a free and unlocked ESPN Deportes stream and the BBC international feed will also be simulcast online via WatchESPN. So you can watch the normal broadcast in as many as three ways. Finally, there's also a marquee groups stream, which will begin Thursday's round with Jordan Spieth in the spotlight. The reigning Masters and U.S. Open winner went to Texas for just one year, but even the Longhorn Network will syndicate this stream for the first round -- a sign of his growing presence in the game and this majors chase.

Spieth's chase at the slam is the top story at the start of the week, but St. Andrews should bring out many more (Tiger is still here!) over the course of four days. Here are all your media options for the entire Championship:

Thursday's first round coverage

Television:

4 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- ESPN

Online streams:

4 a.m. to 3 p.m. --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 simulcast of TV coverage, Spanish feed, and International BBC feed

4:20 a.m. ET -- ESPN3 Featured groups stream (4:33 a.m. ET -- Spieth/D. Johnson/Matsuyama, 9:34 a.m. ET -- Mickelson/Stenson/Kuchar)

4:50 a.m. ET --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 featured holes stream -- No. 17, St. Andrews' famous "Road Hole"

Radio:

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET -- ESPN Radio / PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Friday's second round coverage

Television:

4 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- ESPN

Online streams:

4 a.m. to 3 p.m. --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 simulcast of TV coverage, Spanish feed, and International (BBC) streams

4 a.m. to TBD ET --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 Featured Groups stream -- Players TBD

4:50 a.m. ET --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 featured holes stream -- No. 17, St. Andrews' famous "Road Hole"

Radio:

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET -- ESPN Radio / PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Saturday's third round coverage

Television:

7 a.m. to conclusion (~3 p.m.)  -- ESPN

Online streams:

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 simulcast of TV coverage, Spanish feed, and International (BBC) streams

7 a.m. to TBD ET --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 Featured Groups stream -- Players TBD

7 a.m. ET --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 featured holes stream -- No. 17, St. Andrews' famous "Road Hole"

Radio:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET -- ESPN Radio / PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Sunday's final round coverage

Television:

6 a.m. to conclusion (~2:30 p.m.) -- ESPN

Online streams:

6 a.m. to ~2:30 p.m. -- WatchESPN/ESPN3 simulcast of TV coverage, Spanish feed, and International (BBC) streams

6 a.m. to TBD ET --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 Featured Groups stream -- Players TBD

6 a.m. ET --  WatchESPN/ESPN3 featured holes stream -- No. 17, St. Andrews' famous "Road Hole"

Radio:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- ESPN Radio / PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

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