Golf Fans Should Be Excited About Netflix Documentary
WHEN the makers of Full Swing started filming the PGA Tour fly-on-the-wall documentary series for Netflix they couldn’t possibly have imagined how things would turn out for them.
With access to players such as Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Ian Poulter, Joel Dahmen, Matt Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau, Sahith Theegala, Mito Pereira, Joaquin Niemann and Rory McIlroy they could scarcely believe their luck as the world of professional golf was ripped asunder.
The plan was to follow a year in the life of the PGA Tour. But no sooner had the project got under way than along came Greg Norman, armed with hundreds of millions of Saudi Arabian dollars, to launch LIV Golf and tempt some of the world’s top golfers to defect.
What followed was pretty unedifying, with the PGA Tour banning all defectors.
The docuseries, made by the same people who created Drive to Survive, which followed a year with Formula One, features a number of LIV Golf defectors, such as Johnson, Poulter, Koepka and Niemann, with Poulter quite rightly saying: "You picked a hell of a year to start following the PGA Tour.”
Poulter is filmed launching launching a club at the WGC-Match Play Championship after losing in the second round to Matt Fitzpatrick.
And McIlroy is shown at the end of a trailer for Full Swing saying: "If I want the game that I love to be played by future generations, the game needs to be pushed forward.”
The Northern Irishman has been the highest profile player to speak out against LIV Golf and has essentially been the spokesperson for the tour amid the ongoing civil war.
Little is yet known about any of the episodes yet, or even how many there will be, but tournaments featured in the trailer include the WM Phoenix Open and WGC-Match Play, both won by Scottie Scheffler, the Genesis Invitational, won by Joaquin Niemann, the PGA Championship, won by Justin Thomas, and the US Open, won by Matt Fitzpatrick.
Another tournament Scheffler won was The Masters,which will also feature, as well as The 150th Open Championship. The Players Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs are also expected to be included.
Full Swing will be available on Netflix from February 15 and is a must for all golf fans.
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