The Masters is one of the most carefully protected artifacts of the golf world. It’s an event where tradition and decorum rule and players’ personalities play second fiddle to the game and the course itself.
The Zurich Classic is not that.
The New Orleans event isn’t quite the raucous party the Waste Management Open is, but it’s becoming a destination for golf fans looking for a little less artifact and a little more fun in their tournament. One way the Zurich Classic pulls that off is by borrowing a tradition from baseball: walk-up music.
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Two-man teams are given the opportunity to choose their own intro songs when they take the first tee at TPC Louisiana. Sometimes this results in cliche. Other times it’s a testament to a player’s roots. And sometimes, it’s a perfect vibe for a player’s being.
But the Classic isn’t for another two weeks. How can we use it to divine Masters contenders?
The song: Master P – Make ’em say Ugh
As a member of LIV Golf, Na didn’t play in last year’s Classic. But he was paired up with Byeong Hun An in 2021 and not only chose a stone cold classic but also one where “An and Na” is BASICALLY A MAJOR PART OF THE LYRICS.
10/10 perfect choice. The only way it could get better is if they played the album version with the intro that taught the world how to tell if Master P is on the phone or not.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele
The song: House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
Tremendous awareness here, as Cantlay and Schauffele picked both a great tone-setting intro (that ominous guitar!) and a local New Orleans reference. Two very aware golfers here.
The song: Zapp & Roger – Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)
Finau didn’t play Zurich in 2022, but in 2021 he and fellow Utahan Daniel Summerhays came out to FUNK HARMONICA. Delightful choice. Just listen to the energy of that song.
Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa
The song: Darude – Sandstorm
Did they choose Sandstorm because it slaps? Because it’s a meme? Because they appreciate the unhinged violence of Pride Fighting Championships star Wanderlei Silva?
Either way, solid choice.
The song: David Bowie (with Queen) – Under Pressure
Lowry’s partner Ian Poulter isn’t playing the Masters this year, leaving him solo on the rankings. We’ll never know which man is responsible for this choice, but he chose one of the world’s most recognizable bass lines. Bonus points for faking out anyone expecting Vanilla Ice prepping to kick it.
The song: Rage Against the Machine – Bulls on Parade
Nothing matches the “fight the establishment” themes of Rage Against the Machine quite like playing golf at the world’s most exclusive country club for millions of dollars. Whatever, it’d make me want to smash a golf ball into dust off the tee so, I get it.
Honorable mention: Sean O'Hair and Scott Piercy
The song: George Michael – Careless Whisper
Neither guy is playing this week. I just wanted to point out they chose perfect walk-up music.
Honorable mention: Cameron Tringale and Wyndham Clarke
The song: Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight
Both a song about doing it on your lunch break and a tremendous episode of Arrested Development. It doesn’t matter that neither guy qualified for the Masters.