“Cold as Ice”: Victorious Carlos Sainz Credits Partner in Crime Justin Thomas as Tony Finau Fails to Save Drowning Pierre Gasly

Published 11/14/2023, 9:42 PM EST

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The Netflix Cup marked a historic intersection of racing and golf, showcasing talents from two of Netflix’s most popular sports series, Formula 1: Drive to Survive and Full Swing. Held in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, this inaugural event was tinged with unexpected twists and exhilarating matchups. Collin Morikawa, originally set to participate, had to withdraw due to a back injury, leaving a gap in the lineup. This opened the door for Tony Finau to step in as Pierre Gasly‘s partner. The event unfolded at the Wynn Golf Club, setting the stage for a unique spectacle.

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Carlos Sainz teamed up with Justin Thomas, a maestro on the greens with 15 PGA TOUR wins and two major titles under his belt. This dynamic duo raced and swung their way to victory, in this first-of-its-kind event.

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The climax was a nail-biting finale where Thomas and Sainz faced off against Finau and Gasly. The final challenge? A closest-to-the-pin contest, with a unique twist involving a dice roll to decide the starting order. Finau, stepping in at the last minute, brought his own flair to the course, though it wasn’t enough to secure a win against the might of Sainz and Thomas.

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“Cold as Ice,” Sainz commented on Thomas’ performance’s contribution in sinking the Finau-Gasly Ship. Justin Thomas, reflecting on his critical shot in the finale, candidly admitted, “I didn’t honestly think I could get it there, cause I thought [Tony Finau’s shot] was gonna be nice, so I just hit a little sling hook in there.” (as per golf.com)

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Carlos Sainz, reveling in the victory, proclaimed, “We are the first-ever Netflix Cup winners so it deserves … yeah, we’ll go out [tonight].”

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However, something interesting happened (and fortunate it didn’t happen) moments before the climax. Gasly experienced a moment that could have turned a fun day into a frightening one.

Gasly’s golf swing nearly hits a spectator at the Netflix Cup

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Now, golf, unlike Formula 1, is usually a more leisurely and less risky sport. But, as Gasly took his swing, something unexpected happened. The ball, instead of arching gracefully towards the hole, veered dangerously close to a spectator. Imagine the collective gasp from the crowd, the momentary pause as everyone held their breath. Gasly, with his heart probably skipping a beat, must have felt a rush of relief when he realized that his unintended detour did not result in any harm.

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“I didn’t kill anyone!” he joked afterward, a lighthearted comment to mask the genuine relief that his golfing misadventure hadn’t led to a spectator’s injury. This was a day where his driving skills on the track didn’t quite translate to the driving range.

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But let’s not forget the event itself. The Netflix Cup, a first-of-its-kind, brought together the worlds of Formula 1 and golf in a vibrant display of sporting fellowship. The final, surely a spectacle in itself, saw Sainz and Thomas victorious, but the real winner was the thrill of seeing our favorite racers take on a different kind of course​​​​.

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Pulkit Jai

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Pulkit is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong academic background in engineering, he possesses an in-depth understanding of the intricate mechanics and technology driving Formula 1. This expertise allows him to offer insightful analysis, exploring the technical aspects of the sport and shedding light on the innovative advancements that shape the world of F1.
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