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How to watch the WGC Dell Match Play live online, TV schedule, radio and more

March Madness returns to the PGA Tour with 64 of the top 66 players in the world teeing it up in Texas for the only match play event of the year.

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There are certainly more important events on the PGA Tour, but none more unique than the WGC Dell Match Play. It's the one annual stop on the rota when the 72-hole stroke play format is thrown out the window. You'll hear tour pros often lament that match play is such a small part of their professional lives. It's the format they grow up playing in high school and college and at many amateur events, but it's not suited for the tours and its TV partner demands. So, the best of the best might play two, maybe three, match play events in a year and the other one is usually a team or two-man event.

The weaknesses of this event in recent years illuminated just why there's so little match play on tour. Often, the biggest names in the field would bow out early in the week and then the TV broadcast was left with limited shots to show from lesser known players in what were supposed to be the most important late matches. It's the danger of a single-elimination 64-man bracket. But last year, the tour flipped the format in response to those critiques and now we have a group stage of a pool play, followed by a 16-man single elimination bracket on the weekend. The pool play guarantees every player three matches, which makes it worth the trip for this always International field.

The pool play altered the format but the schedule is still the atypical five-day event with the Wednesday start. It means more golf for NBC and Golf Channel, who have the rights to this WGC, their second in the past month following Doral. The pool play days are pretty easy on the broadcast -- all the top players in the world are out there on the course, starting at 11 a.m. ET. The weekend is still challenging if the final four on Sunday produces some relatively lesser-known guys for the TV audience. It wasn't an issue last year when Rory McIlroy cruised at Harding Park in the tour's one-year move to play this event in May. Now it's back to the pre-Masters first quarter slot and at Austin Country Club. The venue and updated format should bring some stability to a tournament that had been in flux, even with all the easy guaranteed money and world rankings points.

Golf Channel has the broadcast for the entirety of the pool play rounds, expanding for six hours of coverage each of the first three days. They will split with their Comcast sister NBC for the single elimination bracket on the weekend, which has 36 holes on the schedule each day. All that coverage will have the usual simulcast stream running on LiveExtra, while PGA Tour Live will spotlight two matches each of the first three days before switching to featured holes coverage for the late afternoon.

It wouldn't work every week on tour, but the Match Play is a welcome change and who knows, maybe we get a repeat of what was the equivalent of a golf brawl last year when Miguel Angel Jimenez went nose-to-nose with Keegan Bradley. Here are all your expanded media options for the tour's version of March Madness:

Wednesday's coverage

Television:

2 to 8 p.m. -- Golf Channel

Online streams:

11 a.m. -- PGA Tour Live starts with coverage from range and opening holes

Featured Groups (PGA Tour Live subscription required)

  • 11:20 a.m. -- Jason Day vs. Graeme McDowell
  • Noon -- Rickie Fowler vs. Jason Dufner
4 to 8 p.m. -- PGA Tour Live featured holes coverage (No subscription required)

2 to 8 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream

Radio:

2 to 8 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)

Thursday's coverage

Television:

2 to 8 p.m. -- Golf Channel

Online streams:

11 a.m. -- PGA Tour Live starts with coverage from range and opening holes

Featured Groups (PGA Tour Live subscription required)

  • 11:20 a.m. -- Bubba Watson vs. Emiliano Grillo
  • 11:50 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson vs. Daniel Berger
4 to 8 p.m. -- PGA Tour Live featured holes coverage (No subscription required)

2 to 8 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream

Radio:

2 to 8 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)

Friday's coverage

Television:

2 to 8 p.m. -- Golf Channel

Online streams:

11 a.m. -- PGA Tour Live starts with coverage from range and opening holes

Featured Groups (PGA Tour Live subscription required)

  • 11:20 a.m. -- Adam Scott vs. Bill Haas
  • Noon -- Rory McIlroy vs. Kevin Na
4 to 8 p.m. -- PGA Tour Live featured holes coverage (No subscription required)

2 to 8 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream

Radio:

2 to 8 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)

Saturday's coverage

Television:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Golf Channel

2 to 6 p.m. -- NBC

Online streams:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream

Radio:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)

Sunday's coverage

Television:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Golf Channel

3 to 7 p.m. -- NBC

Online streams:

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream

Radio:

Noon to 7 p.m. --  PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 92/208 and streamed here)

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