Walk-up music in golf tournaments…who would have ever guessed? Well, the Zurich Classic will be the first tournament to feature walk-up music. The idea is each two-man team will have the opportunity to select their walk-up song to be played as they are announced on hole No.1 at TPC Louisiana during the final two rounds—Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday, April 29th.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) April 9, 2018
Last year, the Zurich Classic introduced a new two-man team format, which features two rounds of Foursomes (alternate-shot) and 2 rounds of Four-Ball (best ball). The Zurich Classic is the only team event on the PGA Tour.
How does the team event work?
Both the first and the third rounds will be a Fore-Ball and the second and fourth rounds will be played as Foresomes. The 80-team field will be cut to 35 teams after Friday’s round. If there is a tie after 72-holes, players will enter a sudden death playoff using the Foursome format on the first playoff hole and Fore-Ball for the second – and will continue to alternate until a winner in crowned.
So what do fans and patrons think of this new format?
Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, which provides healthcare, education and hope for over 200,000 kids each year, is also the producer of the Zurich Classic. He expressed his excitement when speaking about the tournament.
“Our fans and the players have enthusiastically embraced our team format,” Worthy said via PGATour.com “This innovation will try to further enhance the concept and the team atmosphere.”
Tyler Dennis, Chief of Operations, PGA TOUR also chimed in:
“We are continuously looking for fun and innovative ways for our players to connect with fans…Zurich and the Fore!Kids Foundation have been great leaders in bringing new elements to the game of golf. Given the team format and the location being New Orleans, I can’t think of a better event to introduce this on the PGA TOUR.”
The PGA Tour, as of now, is made up of a set of ‘independent contractors‘ always pitting themselves against the entire field. Personally, I hope the Tour continues to bring more team events to the PGA Tour Schedule. These events have a way of getting more individuals into and watching the game. The passion in each group and the camaraderie between team members tends to bring out the best in every player.
The only music we know for sure is for Masters Champion Patrick Reed and his partner Patrick Cantlay, Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. Who knows if Cantlay even likes the song, but who says no to the Masters Champion?
Players already committed to the event: Patrick Reed (No.11 OWGR), Justin Thomas (No.2), Jon Rahm (No.4), Sergio Garcia (No.10), Bubba Watson (No.19), Matt Kuchar (No.21), Jim Furyk (No.197), Justin Rose (No.5) and Henrik Stenson (No.15).
My Personal Walk-Up/Pump Up Music…
Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
Revvin’ up your engine
Listen to her howlin’ roar
Metal under tension
Beggin’ you to touch and go
Highway to the danger zone
Ride into the danger zone…