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AVONDALE, La. – The team format isn’t the only thing that makes the Zurich Classic of New Orleans unique.
This is a city with its own soundtrack – the tournament usually coincides with the Jazz Festival – and you don’t have to go very far to hear live jazz in the French Quarter.
So, it is quite fitting that the Zurich Classic is the only tournament on the PGA Tour that has walk-up music to the first tee. It gives the pros a chance to show their taste in music as well as get the adrenaline flowing.
The selections are in (subject to change) and we’ve got the list. Check it out.
Jon Rahm, Ryan Palmer
Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer. (Photo: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Louisiana Saturday Night
Zurich Classic of New Orleans defending champions going with some local flavor.
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson after the second round of the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. (Photo: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Fleetwood Mac (maybe?)
TBD Schupak: You guys missed the deadline -- you didn't put a song in yet. Do you have one in mind for the walk-up music this weekend? Stenson: That's my organized partner had that on his plate, so I'm very surprised that it's not in yet. Rose: Henrik is very Type A and I fly by the seat of my pants. I don't know, I think we're going to go for that Fleetwood Mac guitar riff that's just no lyrics, it's that (singing). Stenson: Sounds good.
Bubba Watson, Scottie Scheffler
Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 22, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
When the Saints Go Marching In
Also going with some local flair, the Bubba/Scottie team—however they came to be—made a good choice for their walk-up tune.
Cameron Percy, Greg Chalmers
Cameron Percy and Greg Chalmers at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana. (Photo: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Sirius (aka the Chicago Bulls intro song)
The Alan Parsons Project
This 1982 hit has become one of the great anthems in sports. The team of Robbie Shelton and Kramer Hicock also picked this song.
Max Homa, Talor Gooch
Max Homa and Talor Gooch. (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Shake Ya Tailfeather
Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay at the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. (Photo: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Pat Perez, Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak and Pat Perez during the second round of the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 23, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Back to the Hotel
These two even went with matching black and purple scripting for the second round.
Cameron Champ, Tony Finau
Cameron Champ and Tony Finau at the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club on Dec. 13, 2020 in Naples, Florida. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Freedom (Homecoming Live)
The mega-star won her record 28th Grammy last month.
Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Great lyrics, catchy tune. Good call. Here's how it came to be:
Schupak: Tell me a little bit about the decision on what song to play for the walk-up music. Oosthuizen: We had no idea. I think up until three days ago we didn't have a song, and then my wife just sent a song and just said she thinks this song would be really, really good for us. I think the people will enjoy it. Schupak: Did you know the song? Oosthuizen: No. No idea. It's sort of that tune that's going to stick in your head the whole freaking day, I think. I think by the end of the match tomorrow we're going to be humming it the whole time around.