[PHOTO: Lintao Zhang]
The Netflix Cup, a new exhibition featuring PGA Tour pros and F1 drivers, needed a quick change before getting underway this morning (Australian time).
Collin Morikawa, citing a back injury, pulled out of the live-streaming event just a few hours before the matchplay tournament started.
— Collin Morikawa (@collin_morikawa) November 14, 2023
The two-time major champion was replaced by Tony Finau in the competition pitting two-man teams comprised of one golfer and one driver. Finau will now play with Pierre Gasly, while Justin Thomas–Carlos Sainz, Rickie Fowler–Lando Norris, and Max Homa–Alex Albon make up the other three teams teeing it up at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.
According to a Netflix tweet, Morikawa will still be part of the live broadcast.
This Just In: Tony Finau will replace Collin Morikawa as Pierre Gasly’s partner in The Netflix Cup, streaming live today at 3pm PT/6pm ET — but Morikawa will still be a part of the live broadcast! pic.twitter.com/I16gszFbuu
— Netflix (@netflix) November 14, 2023
The made-for-TV streaming event is Netflix’s first attempt at a live sporting event. And it combines stars from two of its popular docuseries, “Drive to Survive” and “Full Swing”.
Morikawa ended a two-year winless drought last month at the Zozo Championship. The 26-year-old is currently 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking.