The staff of Justin Thomas and Carlos Sainz received the inaugural Netflix Cup on Tuesday after defeating Tony Finau and Pierre Gasly in a closest-to-the-pin competitors on the ultimate gap. After Sainz and Gasly missed the inexperienced, Thomas hit it within Finau for the victory.
However it took some time to get to the top. First, J.T. and Sainz needed to defeat a staff of Rickie Fowler and Lando Norris, which they did simply. Then, Finau and Gasly needed to beat Max Homa and Alex Albon, which took a bit longer. Thomas and Sainz appeared just like the strongest staff all through, although, and have been the deserving champions.
The whole evening was festive and enjoyable, if a bit slower than anticipated. The golf, for essentially the most half, appeared incidental to an enormous celebration in Las Vegas to rejoice the primary ever Method 1 race in that metropolis, which can happen on Saturday night.
Listed here are just a few extra ideas on the first-ever Netflix Cup.
1. Full chaos
The primary gap featured a beginning grid, lights that turned on and went out to mimick an F1 race, a golf cart race to the opening and completely no indication of who received the opening or why. And that was how the entire thing began. However, hear, the tempo of play was extraordinary, which I’m at all times a proponent of irrespective of how we get there.
2. The sphere is unsettling
I’m not terribly conversant in the Las Vegas sphere, which apparently hosts live shows and reveals and might show just about something you need it to on the outside. However watching guys hit attracts and fades off the emoji-like eyeballs was a reasonably weird expertise.
3. Carlos Sainz can play
Sainz is a hitter. With teammate Justin Thomas struggling in spots, they used a few of Sainz’s photographs within the two-man scramble. He is constant, has a superb transfer and stays inside himself. After I performed with Pierre Gasly just lately at an occasion in Austin, Texas, he famous that Sainz is without doubt one of the higher gamers — perhaps the very best participant — of any of the F1 racers who play golf.
4. Rickie unleashed
Essentially the most newsy factor that occurred got here when Netflix confirmed a clip from “Full Swing” season 2 which featured Rickie Fowler sitting in a chair, discussing his struggles from the previous couple of years.
“Individuals saying, ‘It is due to this why he is struggling. Effectively you should not be doing that, you ought to be working more durable at golf.’ I feel it is all bullsh** to be trustworthy,” Fowler mentioned. “If these individuals speaking sh** had the chance to have partnerships and do commercials and that was a part of the deal, then they’d do it too.”
That is means off script for the usually media-safe Fowler, however it was fairly nice to see as a result of 1) it is true and a couple of) it is a fantastic promo for “Full Swing,” which ought to be even higher this time round.
5. It is enjoyable, however is it entertaining?
The query I saved asking myself all through was, “Who precisely is that this for?” It was even sillier and extra off the rails than a number of the one-off matches we have seen that includes athletes from different sports activities, but additionally with a lot worse golf. I perceive why Netflix would characteristic it — to assist promote its “Full Swing” and “Drive to Survive” sequence for golf and F1, respectively — I am simply unsure audiences are asking for a crossover occasion that includes the celebs from each reveals.