January 12, 2022
Netflix may be averse to streaming live sports, but the streaming behemoth isn’t afraid of the genre.
Netflix Jan. 12 announced it has linked up with the PGA Tour and golf’s major championships for a documentary series following the lives and stories of top pro golfers across a season.
In short, Netflix hopes to achieve the same viewership and critical success of its Formula 1 auto racing series “Drive to Survive,” whose producers are behind the golf series.
Netflix claims that for first time ever, the PGA Tour and the governing bodies that conduct the Augusta National Golf Club, the PGA of America, the USGA, and The R&A, will afford the streamer access into the sport’s biggest events, including The Players Championship and season-ending FedExCup, as well as the four majors: the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship and The Open.
The series, which is currently filming, aims to capture the intensity of training, travel, victory, and defeat through the lens of a diverse group of players and their support teams.
Current PGA TOUR player commitments include (alphabetically): 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.
Additionally, the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer, Keita Nakajima, will participate as he plays in the first major championships of his career.
“This partnership with Netflix presents the PGA Tour and the four major championships an opportunity to tap into a completely new and diverse audience,” Rick Anderson, Chief Media Officer of the PGA Tour, said in a statement. “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.”
The series is produced by Vox Media Studios (Explained) and Box to Box Films (Formula 1: Drive to Survive). Executive producers are David Check (30 for 30, Four Days in October); Chad Mumm and Mark Olsen for Vox Media Studios; and James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin for Box to Box Films.
“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,” said Brandon Riegg, VP of unscripted and documentary series at Netflx. “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.”