By Joel Beall
Darren Carroll/PGA of America
One of the worst kept secrets in golf was made official Wednesday, as Netflix confirmed a documentary series chronicling the lives of some of the sport's biggest names inside the ropes and out.
The PGA Tour—along with Augusta National Golf Club, the PGA of America, the USGA and the R&A—have granted access to the streaming giant to “capture the intensity of training, travel, victory and defeat through the lens of a diverse group of players and their support teams.” The show will be golf’s version of Netflix’s popular “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” series.
A press release from Netflix boasts a deep lineup of starpower and personality. The commitments, in alphabetical order: 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. World No. 1 amateur Keita Nakajima has also signed up.
The series will be produced by Vox Media Studios and Box To Box Films, the latter which is behind the aforementioned “Drive to Survive.”
“This partnership with Netflix presents the PGA Tour and the four major championships an opportunity to tap into a completely new and diverse audience,” said Rick Anderson, chief media officer of the PGA Tour. “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.”