After winning U.S. Open last year, Denver native Wyndham Clark will be among the golfers featured during season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Full Swing’
By Gary Baines – 2/2/2024
Wyndham Clark dramatically raised his profile last year with his first two victories on the PGA Tour — especially one at the U.S. Open — plus representing the U.S. in the Ryder Cup matches.
Now, the Denver native and Valor Christian graduate figures to take that higher profile up a notch or two, based on more things he did last year.
“Full Swing”, one of several popular Netflix docuseries that take behind-the-scenes looks at athletes in various big-time sports, will return for season 2 on March 6. And this time around, Clark will be in the mix.
And Clark himself gave a pretty strong hint of when he’ll be the focus of a Full Swing episode when he said on X this week, “Mark your calendars” followed by a July 17 emoji.
This week, Netflix indicated that Full Swing season 2 will follow Clark, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Tom Kim, Joel Dahmen, Matt Fitzpatrick, Alex Fitzpatrick, Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose, plus Ryder Cup captains Luke Donald and Zach Johnson.
Appearing on Netflix is no small matter for a golfer, in large part because the streaming service draws at least a somewhat different viewing audience than the players might get while competing in tour events.
In December, Netflix released an interesting document titled “What We Watched: A Netflix Engagement Report”, which quantifies the popularity of specific Netflix programming from January through June of last year. And season 1 of Full Swing was watched for a total of 53.1 million hours from its premiere on February 15 through June.
To put that into some perspective, season 5 of the docuseries Formula 1: Drive to Survive, was watched for 90.2 million hours, while season 1 of tennis’ Break Point came in at 30.5 million hours, and season 1 of Tour de France: Unchained at 21.8 million hours.
Bottom line: Full Swing has drawn a pretty healthy audience, and the players involved receive no small amount of extra attention.
“These shows quickly appealed to core fans of golf and tennis, and also recruited brand-new fans from all around the world,” said Brandon Riegg, vice president of Netflix’s unscripted and documentary series. “Like so much of our growing sports slate, the compelling characters, competitive stakes, and vibrant storytelling reveal sides of the game you’ve never seen before, and we’re excited to follow the unpredictable turns of the year ahead.”
About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for ColoradoGolf.org since 2009. He was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2022. He owns and operates ColoradoGolfJournal.com