The 148th British Open takes place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, and countryman Rory McIlroy will hope this is the spark his game needs to ensure he wins an elusive fifth major.

Last year’s winner Francesco Molinari defends his title from a resurgent Tiger Woods who won his 15th major at the Masters in April and Brooks Koepka, always a force at the majors despite recently losing out on his third US Open in a row to first time major winner Gary Woodland. 

You can watch The Open on TV and online – here’s how.

When is The Open 2019? 

The Open is played from Thursday 18 July to Sunday 21 July 2019.

How to watch The Open 2019 on TV 

The Open will be shown in full in the UK on Sky Sports. You can sign up to Sky Sports here

How to watch The Open 2019 online

If you don’t have Sky Sports you could see all The Open by buying a temporary Now TV Sports Pass.  

The week pass costs £14.99, which if activated on Thursday would see you all the way through. You can watch it on your phone, tablet or computer. We’ve personally used this pass to watch the golf ourselves and it’s an excellent service. It gives you access to every Sky Sports channel so you can watch anything else for that week, too. 

You can also watch it directly on your TV if you buy a Now TV box

How to watch The Open abroad

If you have Sky Sports or Now TV in the UK, you can still watch The Open if you’re on holiday.

This is possible using a VPN, a cheap but reliable piece of software that unlocks content that would otherwise be restricted to in-country watching.

We recommend NordVPN. Simply sign up for £2.29 per month and watch your services as normal on your computer, laptop or smartphone.