Team USA captain Zach Johnson confirmed that Netflix cameras will not have full access during the Ryder Cup. The popular documentary ‘Full Swing’ is due to film during the forthcoming tournament at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.
Team USA will be looking to retain the trophy which was won at Whistling Straits in 2021. Johnson will captain the team and will go up against Team Europe and their captain Luke Donald, who replaced Henrik Stenson in Aug. 2022.
The ‘Full Swing’ documentary regularly features behind-the-scenes moments from the PGA Tour during all of its episodes. Netflix has been in production for the second series of the popular docuseries, which starred the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Jordan Spieth in series 1.
The forthcoming Ryder Cup is scheduled to have Netflix cameras in attendance to film key moments during the tournament in Italy. However, it has been confirmed there will be no access to certain areas at the golf course.
Johnson confirmed in an interview with the Associated Press that Netflix cameras will not have full access during the Ryder Cup. The Team USA captain explained that he spoke to all 12 of his players individually and came to the decision together that certain areas should remain private.
“It was one of those where we all gathered, I talked to every individual and laid out scenarios,” Johnson said.
“And they all felt like it was best to navigate that week of the tournament in a manner which the sanctity and sacredness of Team USA is preserved. We’re eliminating scenarios.”
Johnson announced his six captain’s picks for Team USA on Aug. 29. Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, [Brooks] Koepka, Collin Morikawa and [Jordan] Spieth were all selected, while Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Max Homa and Xander Schaffele all qualified automatically.
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The CEO of the PGA of America, Seth Waugh, stated that Netflix will still have cameras at the Ryder Cup. But Waugh went on to explain why the decision was taken by Johnson and the Team USA players.
“Netflix is going to be there,” said Waugh. “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.”
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