Full Swing Won't Have Full Access To Team USA At Ryder Cup

The Full Swing cameras will be at the Ryder Cup, but they won't have total access to the USA team room as the players have decided to keep some privacy

Netflix Full Swing and the Ryder Cup
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The Netflix series Full Swing has given golf a huge boost and will return for season two, but it will not have an access all areas pass for Team USA with Zach Johnson making the team room off limits.

After concerns were raised about just how much access the Netflix crew would have at the upcoming Ryder Cup, Johnson spoke to all of his 12-strong team and the unanimous response was that they would prefer some privacy.

Even in this modern age of cameras going everywhere, the Ryder Cup team rooms are still a sanctuary for golfers with what goes on behind the curtain there remaining behind closed doors.

And despite the Full Swing cameras trailing players around the world this season, they won't get to see the inner sanctum of Johnson's USA side at Marco Simone.

"It was one of those where we all gathered, I talked to every individual and laid out scenarios," Johnson said, according to ESPN.

"And they all felt like it was best to navigate that week of the tournament in a manner which the sanctity and sacredness of Team USA is preserved. We're eliminating scenarios."

Justin Thomas, who appeared heavily in the first series of Full Swing, says the team was united in deciding against giving the cameras total access.

"I just think there was maybe a couple of people a little sceptical, and it really was not even a conversation," Thomas said. "We're all a team this week. All 12 were on board, so it doesn't really matter."

Justin Thomas and Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson

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The PGA Tour reported that Full Swing gave a huge boost to TV viewer numbers and online engagement after it was shown on Netflix.

The Ryder Cup is, of course, run the PGA of America and not the PGA Tour, and CEO Seth Waugh said it was left up to the team to decide how much behind the scenes access they wanted to offer.

"Netflix is going to be there," said Waugh. "I would say all things involving the team we leave to the team and the captain. 

"I think there's a sanctity to the team room, and the experience is important to them. It's part of being a team, right? 

"Netflix has been great for the game. They're doing great things. The team collectively decided there are areas of privacy that need to be respected."

All golf fans love the behind the scenes material that's presented to them these days, but it's nice to see there are still some areas of history and mystique that will be kept that way.

We've all heard stories of what goes on in the team room at a Ryder Cup, and perhaps those stories are best kept just as that, as stories to be told by those involved and not broadcast to the world.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.