Netflix series “Full Swing” goes behind the scenes on golf’s most controversial year

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Heated arguments, excessive stakes, and most stress; Netflix’s “Drive to Survive” docuseries delves behind the scenes into the turbulent careers of Method One drivers.

Now, the present’s producers are going behind the scenes with a really completely different type of driver.

Set to premiere on the streaming service in February, “Full Swing” guarantees an access-all-areas dive into the lives of golfers on the PGA Tour in the course of the 2022 season – arguably probably the most dramatic and controversial 12 months within the sport’s latest historical past.

When the sequence was initially introduced by the PGA Tour in January 2022, promising an “unparalleled window” into Tour life, present creators Field to Field might have banked on entry to large names and assured drama.

“Even probably the most devoted golf followers have by no means seen the game fairly like this,” mentioned Netflix’s vice chairman of Unscripted and Documentary Collection Brandon Riegg.

Riegg’s phrases would show prophetic. Simply three months later, the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Collection was introduced, opening a rift within the sport that continues to fragment.

The selections of assorted PGA Tour gamers to affix the breakaway Tour triggered verbal, and in some circumstances, authorized, battles which have continued into the brand new 12 months.

Among the many most outspoken voices towards LIV Golf has been World No.1 Rory McIlroy, one in all an array of huge names the sequence is about to observe, together with a number of which have performed in LIV Golf occasions: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Ian Poulter.

Justin Thomas is among the many largest names the sequence trails, and the World No. 8 joked that the showrunners may need had a heads-up on the storm to return.

“Possibly they only knew one thing that we didn’t,” Thomas advised the PA information company. “It’s mindblowing … the quantity of storylines simply by gamers and what they’re making an attempt to perform.

“I’m excited to observe and it couldn’t have actually drawn up a greater 12 months or state of affairs as to what occurred all through the course of the 12 months.”

In Thomas, Scottie Scheffler and Matt Fitzpatrick, “Full Swing” is following three of the 12 months’s 4 main champions.

Within the first main titles of their careers, Scheffler donned the inexperienced jacket with victory on the Masters in April, earlier than England’s Fitzpatrick clinched a dramatic win on the US Open in June.

In the meantime Thomas, 5 years on from his first main win on the PGA Championship, claimed the title as soon as once more in Might. Having already seen his episode, the 29-year-old added he was excited to see the footage of his fellow opponents.

“I see these guys greater than possibly you’ll in case you go to a match and so they’re standing on the third tee or no matter, however I’m nonetheless going to see issues that I’ve by no means seen, so that you and I and everybody else who’s a giant golf fan will get pleasure from that facet,” Thomas advised PA.

“It’s only a good alternative for a few of us to point out our personalities or our week-to-week life, each day life, our journey – simply stuff like that folks would by no means see until we gave some type of entry like this.”

“Full Swing” is about to launch on Netflix on February 15, with season 5 of “Drive to Survive” scheduled to observe on February 24.