It’s the crossover every puffer vest-wearing finance bro has been waiting for. Yes, the worlds of F1 and the PGA Tour are set to collide in Netflix’s first-ever live-streaming sporting event. Aptly named The Netflix Cup, this unprecedented competition is slated to take place on November 14, where star athletes from Formula 1: Drive to Survive and Full Swing will go head-to-head in a golf tournament – and hopefully some buggy racing.
The tournament will be held at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas featuring Formula 1 drivers Lando Norris (McLaren Racing), Carlos Sainz Jr (Scuderia Ferrari), Alex Albon (Williams Racing), and Pierre Gasley (BWT Alpine F1 Team) along with PGA Tour golfers Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa.
So how will the competition work? One Formula 1 driver and one PGA Tour pro will be paired up to play in an eight-hole match. The top two teams will advance to the final hole to compete for the inaugural Netflix Cup title. So who are you backing to bomb it down the fairway and sink putts on the greens? Check out our pick of the drivers below.
If you follow any of the F1 drivers on social media, you’ve probably noticed their newfound love for the links. While we aren’t sure who’s got the lowest handicap, our money will be on the pure swing of Lando Norris (see video above). Hopefully, the McLaren star can snag a victory on the course because he’s definitely struggled to get one on the track (burrrrrrrn).
Connecting the event to the Las Vegas Grand Prix on November 19 adds an intriguing dimension, especially in light of recent rumours suggesting Netflix’s interest in securing broadcasting rights for the racing series. While the streamer has preferred to make sports docuseries on some of the biggest sports in the world, the absence of live sports is noticeable. In contrast, its major competitors like Disney and Amazon Prime have invested heavily in live sports and now it seems Netflix might reconsider its position.
What will be interesting to see is if Netflix will try to replicate something akin to The Match, a wildly popular golf tournament series that has featured global icons like Steph Curry, Peyton Manning, Charles Barkley, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods. Encouragingly, The Netflix Cup introduces a knockout-style format, promising high drama that should produce a refreshing concept.
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