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Golf - 13 Jan 2022
Streaming giant Netflix and US golf’s PGA Tour have confirmed that they are working together to create a documentary series following the stories of some of the top golfers on the tour across a season.
Netflix and the PGA Tour say the series, which was rumored to be in the pipeline last year, will provide “unprecedented access inside the ropes and behind the scenes”, giving insight into the training, travel, victories, and defeats involved in competing.
Among the tournaments featured will be golf’s four majors - the Masters, the PGA Championship, the US Open, and the British Open.
Players that have made commitments to appear in the series 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 Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Bubba Watson.
Filming is currently underway and will continue throughout 2022.
The series being is produced by Vox Media Studios and Box To Box Films, which has been behind a number of other major sporting documentaries including Make Us Dream (about former English soccer player and current manager Steven Gerrard), Ronaldo (about Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo), and Formula 1: Drive to Survive (about the prestigious motor racing series).
Drive to Survive in particular has been seen as a success, helping to generate a new audience for Formula 1 and as a result, having been renewed for a fourth season.
Indeed, such has been its impact that Netflix’s chief executive Reed Hastings has said that the platform would consider bidding for rights to Formula 1.
Formula E, another motor series, also recently announced a documentary series of its own, while Amazon has a long-running All or Nothing behind-the-scenes series, and Insight TV and China Media Group are currently producing a series called Winter Gold that follows international athletes as they prepare for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
Rick Anderson, chief media officer of the PGA Tour, said: “This partnership with Netflix presents the PGA Tour and the four major championships an opportunity to tap into a completely new and diverse audience.
"This documentary will give fans an authentic look into the real lives of our athletes, and what it’s like to win - and lose - during a season on the PGA Tour.”
Brandon Riegg, vice president of unscripted and documentary series at Netflix, added: “We are thrilled to bring golf’s leading organizations and players together for this first-of-its-kind partnership and unparalleled window into life on the tour.
"Our members will love getting to know the players and personalities as well as the iconic venues along the way. Even the most devoted golf fans have never seen the sport quite like this.”