BoxingDrivers, equip your drivers – Netflix’s debut live sporting event is pitting the stars of the grid against the stars of the greens.
Teeing off on November 14, “The Netflix Cup” will see four Formula One drivers and four PGA Tour players compete in a golf tournament streamed live from Wynn Golf Club near the Las Vegas strip.
Staged on the eve of the first ever Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix, it sees Netflix blend two of their flagship sporting docuseries: “Drive to Survive,” which released its fifth season, and “Full Swing,” which premiered in 2023.
American quartet Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas will represent golf, while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, McLaren’s Lando Norris, Williams’ Alex Albon and Alpine’s Pierre Gasly will turn up for F1.
“We love to see how our sports series have brought increased fandom to sports leagues and competitions all over the world,” Gabe Spitzer, Vice President of Nonfiction Sports at Netflix said in a press release.
“The Netflix Cup will take that energy to the next level with global stars from two popular hits competing in our first-ever live sports event.”
The tournament’s format will see four pairs, each made up of a golfer and a driver, compete in eight-hole matches, with the two best-performing teams advancing to the final hole to compete for the trophy.
Wynn Golf Club is no stranger to hosting live events, having staged the fifth edition of “The Match” in 2021, which saw Brooks Koepka ease past fierce rival Bryson DeChambeau.
And Sainz is no stranger to competitive golf, having taken part in the celebrity All-Star event prior to the Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy, earlier this month. The Spaniard lost his match to Novak Djokovic before Fowler, Homa, Morikawa, Thomas and Team USA were defeated 16.5 – 11.5 by Europe in the main event.