Collin Morikawa pulls out of Netflix Cup at last minute with back injury

November 14, 2023

Lintao Zhang

The Netflix Cup, a new exhibition featuring PGA Tour pros and F1 drivers, needed a quick change before getting underway on Tuesday.

Collin Morikawa, citing a back injury, pulled out of the live streaming event just a few hours before the match-play tournament started.

The two-time major champ was replaced by Tony Finau in the competition pitting two-man teams comprised of one golfer and one driver. Finau will now play with Pierre Gasly, while Justin Thomas-Carlos Sainz, Rickie Fowler-Lando Norris, and Max Homa-Alex Albon make up the other three teams teeing it up at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

According to a Netflix tweet, Morikawa will still be part of the live broadcast.

The made-for-TVStreaming event is Netflix's first attempt at a live sporting event. And it combines stars from two of its popular docuseries, "Drive to Survive" and "Full Swing."

Morikawa ended a two-year winless drought last month at the Zozo Championship. The 26-year-old is currently No. 13 in the Official World Golf Ranking.