Netflix PGA Tour Doc, Golf Wicked, LPGA Debut

Rory McIlroy was photographed by a Netflix photographer throughout final 12 months’s US Open.

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Try every week the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors as they break down the most popular subjects in sports activities, and be a part of the dialog by tweeting to us @worker. We focus on this weeks Trailer for the brand new Netflix PGA Tour documentary sequence, Tour Payouts and the beginning of the LPGA season.

1. Netflix has launched its teaser trailer For the long-awaited, F1-style PGA Tour documentary sequence marketing campaign to outlive. It additionally seems that it’ll function Rory McIlroy, who was unknown till the trailer got here out. dubbed full swingIt premieres on February fifteenth. What are you most wanting ahead to seeing on this documentary sequence, and do you suppose it can enchantment to a non-golfer or viewer who would not already watch skilled golf?


Screenshot of Ian Poulter from the trailer for the PGA Tour documentary series for Netflix,

Netflix releases trailer, docuseries particulars of long-awaited PGA Tour occasion

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Jack Hirsch



Ryan Barath, Senior Tools Editor (@worker) As a hardcore golf fan, I am excited to get a extra inside have a look at skilled golfers, their opinions on the state of the tour as a complete, and normally, a behind-the-curtain have a look at the good gamers.

The issue this present will create for brand spanking new audiences is an previous downside: How is golf offered on TV. Between the TV home windows and the way in which some golfers play, irrespective of how many individuals would like to see Joel Dahmen at waste administration, attempting to see him on an everyday broadcast is subsequent to unimaginable. That is the place F1 nonetheless has an enormous benefit, as a result of each race is each driver, though with the brand new explicit occasions, I feel that is what the Tour is attempting to realize.

Zephyr Milton, Affiliate Editor (@worker): I am so excited to see my co-workers’ vignette! A handful of GOLF workers have been to varied occasions this previous 12 months, and I am excited to see how they fare on the present. When it comes to attracting non-golfers, I am certain competing on the LIV-PGA Tour needs to be an fascinating story. Drama sells, and there was nothing extra dramatic in skilled golf final season than the Saudi saga.

Jack Hirsch, assistant editor (@worker): I’ve polled a few of my mates who both play golf or do not golf, and most of them are at the very least intrigued. I did not get to look at the F1 sequence, however when that got here out I felt like I knew lots of people who had been immediately F1 followers. I would be stunned if it had the identical impact, however I feel we are able to anticipate a superb variety of individuals to be taught in regards to the sport by way of it. I am very a lot wanting ahead to seeing gamers work together with LIV in actual time. So cool they obtained a poulter!

Dylan Diether, Senior Author (@worker): Will it impact non-golf followers? After all – it is Netflix. It is exhausting to think about a greater approach to attain new audiences than by tapping into the huge checklist of content-hungry subscribers. What am I most wanting ahead to? Look behind the scenes as many stars make life-changing selections about leaving for LIV.

2. Harry Higgs stated Golf Week He thinks the PGA Tour could have an issue with its TV product now that a number of bigwigs have jumped to LIV. “We joke backwards and forwards, [LIV] Taking all of the a**holes,” Higgs stated.They took all of the dangerous guys. And it is a downside.What do you consider his evaluation?


Harry Higgs of the United States walks on the first green at Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 19, 2022 in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

They took all of the dangerous guys: How LIV’s recruitment harm the PGA Tour, says the professional

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Jack Hirsch



Parath: Sports activities are well-liked as a result of they’re entertaining, and as straightforward as it could grow to be to get informal followers concerned in contests and “good” versus “dangerous”, I feel most golf followers get to look at high-level golfers attempt to win occasions. So general I do not actually agree with Harry on this.

Milton: I feel Higgs hits a fantastic level. Each sport wants its heels, and the Tour has misplaced most of it. The dearth of actual “dangerous guys” takes just a little juice away from the tour product.

Hersh: Each sport has its villains. The NFL has the Patriots and the Cowboys. MLB has a Yankees group. The NBA has the Lakers. Individuals prefer to have one thing to hate. This was at all times just a little trickier in golf, however there have been undoubtedly guys who performed the half at the very least. I feel shedding just a few gamers hurts just a little bit, however wanting on the manner golf is, I feel it is extra of a constructive. I stand with RB’s extra optimistic view.

Dither: The Participant Influence program principally ranks gamers by their worth within the spherical – and LIV obtained 5 of the highest 10 gamers from the 2021 PIP. (Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Kupka, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.) That is not good! The tour relies on the storylines of its characters and now lots of these characters are gone. Extra will change them, in fact. However it will take time.

3. The PGA Tour has lengthy doled out 18 % of its event luggage to the winner of its typical 36-hole occasions, with the runner-up sometimes getting round 10 to 11 %. Adam Scott was requested about this on the Sony Open and He prompt that 40 % be awarded to the winner. (“Award of Excellence,” Jordan Spieth stated he was not against rising the winner’s share “two factors” however disagreed with 40 %. For comparability, LIV Golf paid 20 % to the seven singles event winners. Is the PGA Tour on account of alter that quantity? Why not?


Adam Scott poses with a trophy after winning the Genesis Invitational in February 2020.

Does the PGA Tour Pay Winners Sufficient? Execs contemplate the query

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Josh Berhau



Parath: Traditionally, the Tour was created to supply professionals with the flexibility to “make a residing,” however with a lot cash within the sport on the highest degree, I feel Adam Scott is correct. The very best of the perfect needs to be rewarded massively greater than somebody within the fiftieth place.
A tour wants extra swings and fewer exempt gamers, however with the present construction as a member group it’s extremely troublesome to get nearly all of these members to vote in opposition to their greatest pursuits if they don’t seem to be a high 50 participant, which is probably going a part of the rationale for the sluggish turnaround. The issues.

Milton: Modifying the quantity and “franchising bonus” may sound like a fantastic concept to a famous person, however he’ll seemingly resent the suggestion. And with the Everyman professional accounting for almost all of the spherical, it appears unlikely that the quantity will swell to the quantity Scott prompt.

Hersh: I agree, Zev. There might be a few factors within the works, however have not we created a series of occasions that can pay out $3.8 million or extra to the winners? This looks like my reward for the privilege. By creating the particular occasions, I imagine the tour has already achieved the identical purpose as adjusting the cost construction. Altering it might piss each skilled man off much more than he already was. And the tour wants each skilled man.

Dither: Certain, I may see giving them just a few additional share factors, though 40 looks like rather a lot. I’ll put extra vitality behind giving the highest runners in smaller occasions (like Sentry) extra world rating factors. The brand new system appears to have let the winners of these occasions down and will undertake a steeper slope. (Simply ask John Rahm.)

4. Subsequent week’s American Specific stadium is full of 10 of the world’s high 19 gamers, together with 5 of the seven, even supposing it isn’t one of many 17 devoted massive cash occasions on the tour. There was some concern, at the very least on the skin, that leagues that aren’t designated for 2023 will see less-star fields with fewer stars, however that isn’t the case subsequent week at La Quinta. Are you stunned, and are we going to see extra of this with different non-custom leagues?


PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan at Sentry.

Jay Monahan met the media. Listed here are 15 points he addressed

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Dylan Dieter



Parath: In case you have a look at the massive image, I am not stunned. My considering is no matter my bag, these uncapped occasions nonetheless reward the identical quantity of FedEx Cup factors, which for high gamers (who play nicely) truly gives a neater alternative to rack up factors than “massive occasions” with extra higher-ranked gamers. I additionally suppose as a result of it is such an early 12 months occasion, numerous these massive gamers who did not play as a lot within the fall need to get off to a superb begin. The actual query is what occurs to the little juveniles that come within the canine days of summer season.

Milton: I am just a little stunned AmEx has such a powerful area, however numerous the massive stars have not been enjoying significant golf in a number of months. They crave competitors. I anticipate we’ll see some non-senior high-season occasions which have unexpectedly robust fields, however over the summer season, the massive stars will most likely persist with the established order.

Hersh: AmEx appears to have a stronger area than it has in years previous, however I feel that has extra to do with the place it’s within the desk than anything. After Sentry, there is no such thing as a different occasion scheduled till the Phoenix Open within the second week of February. January can be the one month by way of July with just one particular occasion. As soon as Phoenix hits, there are 4 occasions set in 5 weeks. A lot of the massive names enjoying Palm Springs most likely took Torrey and Pebble earlier than this stretch. The opposite half is that all the high gamers have a quota to satisfy in non-dedicated FedEx Cup occasions. Somebody like Ram, who performed the CJ Cup final October, wants so as to add only one common occasion to his schedule for the remainder of the 12 months.

Dither: The great factors from everybody right here – the schedule and placement are in AmEx’s favor – and I feel a few of the sponsors have discovered methods to make it worthwhile for the blokes in attendance as nicely.

5. The LPGA kicks off the 2023 season this week on the Hilton Grand Holidays Event of Champions. What’s the one story you’re looking ahead to uncovering The following twelve months?


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Parath: Initially, as one in every of GOLF’s “gear nuts,” the necessary factor to look at can be a few of the massive gamers altering gear producers, in addition to whether or not any of these gamers begin slower in 2023, or simply hold going. in rolling.
Secondly, I hope to proceed to see a resurgence of Lydia Ko after her massive comeback in 2022. The one factor she hasn’t completed is successful a serious, and all indicators level to her doing it in 2023.

Milton: I am able to see if Nelly Korda can get again to her world-beating type in 2021. She struggled a bit final 12 months with harm and inconsistency, however capped off the 12 months with a win. If I can keep wholesome all season, I anticipate 2023 to be one other nice 12 months.

Hersh: Would you imagine me if I instructed you that Lexi Thompson final received the LPGA Tour in 2019? The 27-year-old may be very younger and has been affected by a three-year drought. She’s already received the LET occasion on the Aramco occasion in New York, so I will be to see if she will carry that momentum again to the LPGA Tour, or perhaps a main.

Dither: How will Lydia Ko carry out as world primary? That is the third chapter (at the very least) in her profession, and it has been nice to look at her climb the mountain once more. I am curious what you may do on the high.

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