After the success of season one of Netflix’ golf series “Full Swing”, a second season was announced in June of this year. After the announcement, many people wondered whether the camera’s would have access to the Ryder Cup, considering they were on site for all four majors.
The hit show was a massive success, following players at all four majors and even covering the highly publicised rise of LIV Golf and the subsequent power struggle with the PGA Tour.
It has been revealed that while the cameras will be present in Rome at the end of this month, how much they will be present in the US team room will be very limited according to US team captain Zach Johnson.
Johnson revealed to the press on a telephone interview that he spoke to every member of the team and all 12 members of the US team voted unanimously to not give Netflix full access at Marco Simone in two weeks time.
“They all felt like it was best to navigate that week of the tournament in a manner in which the sanctity and sacredness of Team USA is preserved. We’re eliminating scenarios,” Johnson said to the Associated Press.
PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said that while Netflix will be in Rome, what they show will be entirely up to the respective captains and teams.
“I would say all things involving the team we leave to the team and the captain. I think there’s a sanctity to the team room, and the experience is important to them. It’s part of being a team, right? Netflix has been great for the game. They’re doing great things. The team collectively decided there are areas of privacy that need to be respected,” he said.
Justin Thomas, who received a captains pick for the event said it was an easy decision when the topic was brought up.
“I just think there was maybe a couple of people a little sceptical, and it really was not even a conversation,” Thomas said. “We’re all a team this week. All 12 were on board, so it doesn’t really matter.”