The second round of the U.S. Open golf championship gets underway at 11:50 BST today. Here’s our guide on how to watch all the action from the fearsome Winged Foot course in Mamaroneck, New York. And, if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to watch the 2020 U.S. Open live stream free!

Those lucky golf fans in the US can watch the 2020 U.S. Open for free on NBCSports, NBC Golf and the NBC video player Peacock TV. (Don’t forget to use a VPN if you’re a U.S. citizen stuck away from home.) In the UK you’ll need a Sky Sports subscription or Now TV pass.

The legendarily tough Winged Foot course failed to bare its teeth in yesterday’s opening round, with relatively soft conditions meaning the world’s best players could plot their way around in reasonable comfort. 

In-form Justin Thomas is in the lead on an impressive -5, but there are some of the biggest names in golf breathing down his neck, with Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, John Rahm and plenty more top players all well within reach below par.

It’s quite possible that the USPGA will toughen things up a touch for the remaining three rounds, to maintain the reputation of the U.S. Open as the toughest of all the major championships. 

And who knows, there may be another two holes in one, as there were in yesterday’s opening round. 

Read on to make sure you know how to watch a U.S. Open live stream wherever you are.

Watch the 2020 U.S. Open golf free on NBC and Peacock TV

US Open live stream - how to watch the Winged Foot golf for free

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The U.S. Open TV rights in the US belong to NBC which will air the live action from Winged Foot across the NBC and NBC Golf channels as well as through Peacock TV. All the action can be streamed for free on the various web players but you will need to sign up for a free Peacock TV account. The TV schedule is as follows. It’s only available in the U.S., so any U.S. citizen stuck outside their own country during the crisis will need to use a VPN to get access. The schedule is in local time, ET.

Friday 18th September – Second Round
7.30 – 9.30am – Peacock
9.30am – 4pm – Golfchannel.com
4 – 7pm – NBCSports.com

Saturday 19th September – Third Round
9 – 11am – Peacock
11am – 7.30pm – NBCSports.com

Sunday 20th September – Final Round
8 – 10am – Peacock
10am – 12pm – Golfchannel.com)
12 – 6pm – NBCSports.com

The Peackock TV app is available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, LG smart TV, Vizio TV, PS4 and Xbox One. You can also watch the Peacock TV streams through your web browser.

If you don’t already have the NBC channels, you can add them to your cable package or switch to cable cutting platforms such as Sling TV and YouTube TV and add them there.

Watch the 2020 U.S. Open golf from abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant services, you won’t be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.

Watch the 2020 U.S. Open golf live stream in the UK

U.S. Open live stream - how to watch the golf for free

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Rights to air the U.S. Open in the UK belong to Sky Sports and the coverage from Winged Foot will be shown on Sky Sports Golf, available as standard as part of the Sky Sports package. Here, you can find the best Sky TV deals and sign up to Sky Sports.

Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy a US Open live stream with a Now TV day pass (£9.99) or a monthly pass (£33.99). Keep your eyes open for occasional discount as well as the option of the Now TV Mobile Month Pass which offers mobile device access for just £5.99 per month.

Make sure you’ve got your VPN handy if you’re stuck abroad.

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Virgin Media customers are be able to watch the U.S. Open with a Sky Sports subscription through the Virgin Media’s Bigger + Sports bundle which covers all the Sky and BT televised sport.

If you have a Virgin TiVo box and access to BT or Sky, you can watch on-the-go through Virgin’s TV Anywhere app.

Watch the 2020 U.S. Open on DAZN (Canada, Japan, Brazil, Spain and more)

Golf fans in Spain, Japan, Brazil, Canada and certain other regions get the chance to watch the 2020 U.S. Open for free. DAZN has the rights to show the golf and a whole host of other sports in these territories, and, best of all, DAZN offers a one-month free trial. So long as you’ve not used yours already, then you can fill your boots.

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Sadly the DAZN free trial isn’t available to those outside these regions. If you are a DAZN customer but travelling abroad, you’ll need to sign up to a VPN service to make sure you can access the DAZN US Open live stream wherever you are.

2020 U.S. Open schedule

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The U.S. Open takes place between 17th-20th September 2020. All times are in BST. See section above for local US times.

Thursday 17th September

First Round, 12.30pm – midnight

Friday 18th September

Second Round, 12.30pm – midnight

Saturday 19th September

Third Round, 2pm – 00.30am

Sunday 20th September

Final Round, 1 – 11pm

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