Carlos Sainz and his partner Justin Thomas won the inaugural Netflix Cup title ahead of this weekend’s F1 Las Vegas GP.
After a hard fought battle, Carlos Sainz & Justin Thomas swung to victory winning the inaugural Netflix Cup title! The Netflix Cup, Netflix’s first-ever live sports event, took place at Wynn Golf Club at Wynn Las Vegas earlier today, hosted by comedian, Bert Kreischer, PGA TOUR player Joel Dahmen, sports host Kay Adams, and NFL legendary running back Marshawn Lynch.
In a clash of wheels and irons, four pairs consisting of one Formula 1 driver and one PGA TOUR professional played eight holes of match play, swinging through some surprise challenges. The match-ups included Lando Norris & Rickie Fowler VS Carlos Sainz & Justin Thomas and Alex Albon & Max Homa VS Pierre Gasly & Tony Finau. Additional highlights included surprise appearances from Mark Wahlberg, Blake Griffin, Steve Aoki, Collin Morikawa, and a Zoom appearance with Patrick Mahomes.
The Wynn Golf Club in the Nevada city played host to the first ever Netflix Cup golf tournament on Tuesday as the stars of the streaming platform’s behind-the-scenes sports shows Drive To Survive and Full Swing came together to battle it out in a highly entertaining affair.
Sainz and Thomas defeated McLaren’s Lando Norris and his partner Rickie Fowler early on, before facing Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and Tony Finau in the final, after they had earlier beaten Williams’ Alex Albon and Max Homa. Sainz and Thomas then went head to head with Gasly and Finau in the closest to the pin challenge on the playoff hole. In the end it was the Ferrari driver and his two-time major winning partner, Thomas, who claimed the victory.
There was plenty of action from the get-go as the four golfers teed off at the same time on the first hole before racing down on their golf carts on the “race course” to get to their balls on the fairway. They then tried to arrive fastest to the greens, with the aim being to see who could locate their golf ball the quickest before putting it into the hole, all while navigating the surprise challenges that came their way.
There was also plenty of action following the event as Thomas celebrated by drinking from the trophy only for Sainz to break it after dropping it on the floor while standing on the podium, as you can see below.
Here’s full video on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/in/title/81714369
Here’s the trophy breaking moment: https://x.com/F1/status/1724611484783927380?s=20
Here’s Pirelli expecting Las Vegas GP complaints
Here’s Red Bull, Williams with their livery
Here’s McLaren’s livery
Here’s Alpine livery
Here’s Ferrari’s livery
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[Note: The story is as per press release]