ATLANTA – Get ready for your favorite stars from Netflix’s Formula 1 series “Drive to Survive” and “Full Swing,” its PGA Tour version of the hit documentary show, to meet on The Strip in Las Vegas for a live-streamed golf tournament for celebrities in November.
The exhibition, which will pit teams of PGA Tour players and F1 drivers in a match-play format, is expected to be the streaming site’s first foray into live sports.
In June was The Wall Street Journal first reported that talks were in the preliminary stages, and noted this week at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club that a senior PGA Tour official confirmed a deal had been finalized. Golf week confirmed with several players that the event is scheduled to coincide with F1’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, scheduled for 16-18. November, including Collin Morikawa, who confirmed opposite Golf week he plans to play.
According to an agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the contest is scheduled for Wynn Golf Club, originally a Tom Fazio design and renovated with his son Logan, and the only casino resort course on the Las Vegas Strip. Wynn is number 19 Best of Golf Week 2022: Top 50 Casino Golf Courses.
Netflix is pursuing prominent figures from Season 1 of “Full Swing” as well as hoping to have players featured in Season 2, which is currently filming at the Tour Championship, the culmination of the FedEx Cup. Season 2 is expected to be released in early 2024.
Among the players who turned down the opportunity to play in the famous event is Jordan Spieth. He was featured in the debut episode, but passed for good reason.
“They asked me to, but it’s a super busy time for me between having another child and my foundation event being in the middle of it, and I would have had to move it, and we didn’t want to do that,” Spieth told Golf week.
The PGA Tour declined to comment. Netflix did not respond to a request for comment.