Local pros Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler will star in the eight-part Netflix documentary series Full swing professional golfers followed in the 2022 season. It will premiere on February 15.
“If you like Jordan Spieth, all you have to do is hit play and you’re going to get a lot of Jordan Spieth,” said Chad Mumm, executive producer The Dallas Morning News at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando on Wednesday.
Spieth and Justin Thomas appear in the first episode, part of which shows a jet trip the two took to Tulsa for a practice round in Southern Hills, site of last year’s PGA Championship, which Thomas won.
“You will see Jordan Spieth in a different way, in a different context. Jordan is like this hilarious personality.
“He’s the best. He was so much fun filming because he has so much charisma and he’s so charming and he’s so funny and has a quicker mind than I expected.”
Mumm said Spieth’s friendship and rivalry with Justin Thomas “makes great television. That’s why it’s the first episode.”
Spieth, Scheffler and Thomas were among the 27 cast members who signed deals with Netflix that allowed film crews to conduct interviews and have access to the players at home and off the pitch.
Mumm said of the 27 players signed, about 12 are included in the streak, which spans all four majors. While Will Zlatoris, the other member of Dallas’ Big Three, is not a cast member, he is included in the series.
Scheffler, the product of Highland Park and Texas that won the Masters last spring, features in the second episode, which is built around the Masters. Also featured is Brooks Koepka.
“There was an intriguing parallel between him and Brooks,” said Vimes. “Just their lifestyle and how they deal with everything. That makes a really interesting comparison.”
Mumm said he was impressed by how Scheffler stayed the same, even after his success earlier in the season that saw him rise to No. 1 in the world golf rankings.
“It’s fun to see how differently everyone approaches their business,” said Mumm. “His approach to the game is so different from Brooks’, from JT’s.”
Leonard is playing at a local event: Dallas native Justin Leonard will make his hometown PGA Tour Champions debut at the Invited Celebrity Classic April 21-23 at Las Colinas Country Club. The tournament announced that Leonard has signed on to play alongside Scott Verplank and Harrison Frazar, who played high school golf in the Dallas area.
Leonard, who turned 50 in June 2022, made his senior tour debut at the Kaulig Companies Championship where he placed 61st. He had three top 20 finishes in four other events. The product from Lake Highlands and Texas took 10th place at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
The tournament format features a field of 78 PGA Tour Champions players and 40 celebrities. The celebrities will play alongside the senior tour players but will play in a separate competition using a modified Stableford format. All three days of the tournament will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
The tournament announced that Invited (formerly Club Corp) will provide free seat tickets for the first round, Energy Transfer for the second round and Choctaw Casinos and Resorts for the final round. Clubhouse tickets and other hospitality packages are available.
Leonard, who now resides in Jupiter, Fla., is taking a break from his duties as a Golf Channel analyst to gamble. He won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1997 British Open Championship.
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