“Whole Plane Cheered”: Untold Story of Tiger Woods’ Prime Era Sees Light as the Mastermind Behind PGA Tour’s Revolutionary Change Opens Up

Published 11/14/2023, 10:12 PM EST

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Even in the midst of ongoing change in the world of golf, the PGA Tour has always remained stern about its media rights question. However, in recent times, Chad Mumm, Chief Creative Officer, Vox Media Studios convinced the Tour to change its media approach. This manifested in the form of the “Full Swing” docuseries on Netflix.

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This revolutionary changemaker was recently seen sharing an experience surrounding golf legend Tiger Woods. Mumm, who is also the Executive Producer of “Full Swing”, described a skillful display by the 15-time Major winner from decades ago. What did Tiger Woods do to leave such a lasting impression on Mumm?

Chad Mumm takes the nostalgia express to Tiger Woods’ wonderland

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There is no doubt that Tiger Woods has had a career full of record-breaking achievements. Even during his long professional hiatus, the famous golf pro has made a difference. He is instrumental in opening up the PGA Tour to Netflix and the rest of the world in general.

In a recent podcast, Chad Mumm described the time in an airplane when he was watching Tiger Woods play at the 2008 US Open. Woods was displaying his mastery all over the Torrey Pines’ greens. Chad drew a vivid picture of how it started with him watching the pro’s perfect game, which led to the entire flight joining in and cheering for Tiger’s glory.

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Chad Mumm said, “That’s the magic. My favorite watching Tiger Woods story was the 2008 US Open in Torrey Pines. I am flying back… I was on a Delta flight back…They got the TVs, right? It’s the final round of the US Open. It’s like a five-hour flight, so it was perfect. We were taking off right as Tiger was teeing off. I was the only person watching golf and by the time he got to the 71st hole. I remember it was like the entire airplane.”

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It truly must have been the experience of a lifetime to see a golf world master like Tiger Woods play his shots during his prime. Maybe that is what led to Mumm taking the PGA Tour out of its comfort zone and truly bring about some big changes. However, this is not the only revolutionary change brought forth by Netflix.

Unexpected Netflix Cup starting shortly

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The Netflix Cup is set to start on November 14. The unexpected event will see a star-studded crossover between the golf and Formula One. The event will consist of talented stars from two of Netflix’s major docuseries – “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” and “Full Swing”.

The event will be played in the Scramble Format, where a team of two players each will play against another team. Consisting of two matches, the winner of each match will play in the tournament’s finale. The team that wins at the finale will claim the much talked about Netflix Cup.

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Daiemah Malik

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