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Netflix lines up PGA Tour stars for documentary series

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Netflix will soon deliver what is billed as an unprecedented look at the PGA Tour with a new documentary series.

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It is inspired by Netflix’s hit Formula 1 series, “Drive to Survive”.

The PGA Tour show has yet to be named, and Netflix and the PGA have declined to comment on its official release date. The first episodes will likely be released in early 2023, according to Golf.com.

The docuseries will be produced by Netflix in collaboration with Vox Media Studios and the producers of Drive to Survive Box to Box Films. Filming is underway and will continue throughout the 2022 season.

“We are delighted to bring together leading golf organizations and players for this one-of-a-kind partnership and an unprecedented window into the life of the circuit,” said Brandon Riegg, vice president of unscripted series and documentaries at Netflix, in a statement. “Our members will love getting to know the players and personalities and iconic locations along the way. Even the most dedicated golf fan has never seen the sport like this.

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For the first time, the PGA Tour and the governing bodies that host major men’s championships – Augusta National Golf Club, PGA of America, USGA and The R&A – will allow a peak at the sport’s biggest events. This includes the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, the Players Championship and the end of season FedEx Cup.

Backstage access, training, travel and excitement will be shown from the perspective of the tour’s biggest stars.

Players involved will include Abraham Ancer, Daniel Berger, Cameron Champ, Joel Dahmen, Tony Finau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Harry Higgs, Max Homa, Viktor Hovland, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Kevin Na, Mito Pereira, Ian Poulter, Xander Sc chaudele, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson.

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The world’s highest ranked amateur golfer, Keita Nakajima, will also compete in his first career major championships.

“This partnership with Netflix offers the PGA Tour and the Big Four Championships an opportunity to reach a completely new and diverse audience,” Rick Anderson, PGA Tour media director, said in a statement. “This documentary will give fans an authentic glimpse into the real lives of our athletes and what it’s like to win and lose over a season on the PGA Tour.”

The roots of the docuseries, according to Golf.com, go back to 2019, when Fowler spoke about the merits of such a show and volunteered to be on it. Several other golfers, including Thomas, Finau and Champ, quickly followed Fowler’s lead.

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Some of the big stars not yet affiliated with the show include Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, but the producers have not given up on their appearances in the future.

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Dahmen, speaking ahead of the start of the Sony Open in Hawaii, said of the show: “I’m worried about all of this. I’ve never had anything like this before; unlike some of these other guys i’m not used to having cameras all the time.

“I know I’m going to be on the show with a bunch of good golfers – and me. I can assume that based on the other people on the show, they’ll probably want a little more fun in our day-to-day lives, although I also don’t want to be the class clown who doesn’t. never drives or be productive.

The PGA Tour apparently does not have editorial control over the series, which could create concerns about the protection of the impeccable image of its players. The production team will have full rights to film during tour events, with players having the option of wearing microphones.

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