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The US Ryder Cup team has decided to ban Netflix documentary makers from their team room at the upcoming Ryder Cup in Rome.

Producers of the popular ‘Full Swing’ series had been hoping to film behind-the-scenes at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club but have seen those plans scuppered.

US captain Zach Johnson revealed that his 12-man team voted unanimously to keep the cameras out.

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“It was one of those where we all gathered,” Johnson told the Associated Press. “I talked to every individual and laid out scenarios.

“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 featured prominently in the first season of ‘Full Swing’ which aired on Netflix earlier this year, added: “I just think there was maybe a couple of people a little skeptical, and it really was not even a conversation.

“We’re all a team that week. All 12 were on board, so it doesn’t really matter.”

Netflix has so far declined to comment 0n the matter but the news is sure to come as a blow to the brains behind ‘Full Swing’ as they build towards an early-2024 release of season two.

Earlier this month, the full impact of the season one was laid bare.

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It was revealed that 63% of “Full Swing” viewers tuned in to PGA Tour coverage in the two months following the show’s debut and that 11% of “Full Swing” viewers had not tuned into PGA Tour coverage in the six months leading up to the debut, but tuned in after watching the show.

According to Xcelerant Omnibus, 42% of viewers spend more time watching pro golf on TV after watching ‘Full Swing’, whilst just over a quarter (27%) spend more time reading pro golf news/articles after watching.

‘Full Swing’ was available in 190 countries and 32 languages, and featured in the Netflix Top 10 worldwide, peaking at No.2 in the UK and US, and No.1 in Ireland.

The 2023 Ryder Cup takes place at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club near Rome from September 29 to October 1.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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