Watching the PGA Tour in Australia just got more confusing

If you were flicking through the channels trying to find the WGC Mexico Championship this morning on Foxtel or free-to-air TV you were out of luck.

For perhaps the first time in over a decade, a PGA Tour, European Tour, WGC or major was not available through traditional TV broadcasters in Australia.

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Instead the WGC Mexico Championship is exclusively being broadcast into Australia through GOLFTV –  for $9.99 a month (or $89.99 a year).

And it has drawn the ire of a number of Australian golf fans.

It’s angered golf fans who already fork out for to watch FoxSports on Foxtel and assume in doing so they’ll have access to all the big golf tournaments this year.

And it’s annoyed golf fans without Foxtel who are again being forced to pay to watch big tournament professional golf.

So what is GOLFTV anyway?

GOLFTV is an online collaboration between the PGA Tour and Discovery and Australia is one of the first places to get access. You can get access by signing up online or via the app with a number of different subscription options.

You could say it’s the PGA Tour’s way to take back control of their own product and present it the way they want to be presented.

But what do you get? OR more importantly, what don’t you get?

You get access to plenty of video content including a live stream of every PGA Tour tournament, including the WGC events.

But you don’t get to watch the majors. For that you’ll need to have access to FoxSports (or Foxtel Go).

Or you can sign up Foxtel’s new sports streaming channel, Kayo Sports.

But just to make things even more confusing, Kayo Sports does not stream the PGA Tour. It was the one notable omission when it was launched and clearly the PGA Tour did not grant Foxtel the rights to stream their product on Kayo Sports.

UPDATE: One reason we hadn’t signed up to Kayo as there wasn’t any PGA Tour logo or evidence it was showing the PGA Tour. As some of our readers told us, it IS streaming the PGA Tour, and we had confirmation from Kayo Sports on Twitter.

Personally, I’ve been toying with the idea of ditching Foxtel altogether and switching over to Kayo and GOLFTV to make sure I’ve got all sports, and golf covered.

Expect to see more of this in future from the big international sporting organisations as a way to control their own product and of course to increase revenue.

For now, golf fans who could not afford to get access to FoxSports to watch the golf now at least have a cheaper option to see the PGA Tour. For golf fans with FoxSports it’s an annoying development that means we’re going to have to pay more to watch the WGC events.

17 thoughts on “Watching the PGA Tour in Australia just got more confusing

  • February 23, 2019 at 09:01
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    Great article. I’m an avid golf fan who’s just dropped Foxtel subscription. Moved over to kayo for golf, which doesn’t have the rights for the us Pga tour? So now ill drop that as well. I’ll now need golf tv subscription but it exclude the majors. Thanks for your research.

    I really just want to watch golf, be offered a product that I’ll easily switch on and consume. I don’t want to feel like I’m starting up a dot.com company just to watch golf.

    Anyway where can I easily watch my golf(all of it). Cheers hit em straight.

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    • February 23, 2019 at 10:46
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      I’m under the impression that Kayo does have the USPGA events; I’ve watched the last few on it. It just doesn’t have the rights to replay them, only the live broadcast.

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      • February 23, 2019 at 22:13
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        I can confirm that Kayo Sports does have PGA tours all live, however replay is not available for USPGA events.

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        • March 6, 2019 at 11:17
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          Cheers, Ryan. We’ve had confirmation from a few people. I’ll update the article.

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  • February 23, 2019 at 11:34
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    Hi there
    Are you able to record games. Thank you

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  • February 23, 2019 at 11:42
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    Thanks for the update – golf and AFL are the only 2 reasons I subscribe to Foxtel – one down one to go!

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  • February 23, 2019 at 12:51
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    I am a Kayo subscriber, they do stream the USPGA tour. Things do seem to be changing though ie: no WGC from Mexico and only Rounds 3 and 4 of the Puerto Rico Open this weekend! It will be interesting to see what happens from here onwards but I must say to date (except for this weekend!) their golf broadcasts have been exceptional.

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    • March 6, 2019 at 11:17
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      Thanks Paul. I’ve now corrected the article. Cheers.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 00:12
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    You’re incorrect in saying that “Kayo Sports does not stream the PGA Tour”. I’ve been extremely happy with Kayo’s live coverage of the PGA Tour. However I’m not impressed by the absence of this weekend’s WGC event on Kayo.

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    • March 6, 2019 at 11:19
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      Thanks Rod. Article corrected. Appreciate the reply.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 18:17
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    I am also thinking of dropping Foxtel Sports. I am sure there are a lot of other subscribers thinking the same way. The number of top level sports that Foxtel has lost in the last few years is massive – Football (EPL, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup). Now some of the Golf tourneys as outlined above. Most of the Tennis, F1 and AFL is still on Foxtel but for how much longer? Still we can always watch The Womens cricket/football, synchronised swimming from Moldova or break dancing from Azerbaijan. Yippee.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 18:20
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    Bugger I have Foxtel so I can watch all my sports, and not being able to watch this weekends WGC pisses me off. Especially when you see the promotion of the WGC on Foxtel but no mention of it not being televised.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 22:32
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    As a long time Foxtell client I am angry that they chose not to advise us of the new deal. Get up early to find no coverage. Not smart Foxtell. You have just lost another 4 box customer.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 08:43
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    There is little doubt that Foxtel cannot continue to lose money at the current rate. Other than sport, there is nothing they broadcast of any interest that cannot be downloaded from the Net for free. Their movies are only available for viewing once the DVD is released and there are MANY sites which give free access.
    Afraid to say that Foxtel’s days are numbered as people continue to leave them in droves!

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  • February 25, 2019 at 08:47
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    This is just pure greed from the US PGA Tour. As for Foxtel I think they need to lift their act.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 14:32
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    Welcome to the coming world of sports TV! With streaming services taking over, you will soon just subscribe to your sports stream of choice, Golf, Soccer, AFL you name it, they own the rights and at the moment are still being over paid by TV stations for broadcast rights (this was said to me by a TV insider who said broadcast rights never make economic sense).

    The sports with strong governing bodies will determine how they control the content, via streaming, think NBA, NFL, EPL, PGA, AFL, NRL they have tight control over their games and eager loyal fans. Get ready to stream all your favourite sports.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 13:46
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    I recently joined Kayo to specifically watch the USPGA events, including the majors. But not sure now whether this is possible or not. If not I will drop my Kayo subscription.

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