First-Tee Beats

2018 Zurich Classic walk-up songs that each pairing will play on the first tee

April 25, 2018
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The Zurich Classic of New Orleans has done a great job in the past two years of changing up its format to attract a solid field (17 of the top 30 in the world are teeing it up this week) and more eyeballs to its event, which is now the only team event on the PGA Tour. And for the 2018 Zurich Classic, each team that makes the cut gets to play their own personalized "walk-up" song to before they hit their opening tee shots on Saturday and Sunday.

It's clear a bunch of these teams had fun making their song selections: Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley are coming out to "Circle of Life" from The Lion King. Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello went with Tina Turner, which is hilarious, and Cody Gribble and John Peterson selected a George Michael song—both of which should elicit some laughs on the first tee. Same as Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays going with "Doo Wa Ditty."

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There are some repeat songs here: Tupac's "California Love" was picked by two groups with Golden State connections (Nick Watney/Charley Hoffman and Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark); an Aussie favorite "Down Under" by Men at Work, selected by Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels and Greg Chalmers and Cameron Percy; and "Enter Sandman," chosen by Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner and Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard.

Here's the latest collection of songs—it looks like some teams haven't submitted theirs yet. (We're anxiously awaiting Jason Dufner's and Pat Perez's choice, and Matt Kuchar's and Bubba Watson's pick). If we had to guess, Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer might go with a Jake Owen tune, since Owen is Spieth's buddy and usual pro-am partner at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

We'll report back when we know more, but here's the latest list, per PGATour.com:

Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen: "Hakuna Matata" from Lion King

Jonathan Randolph/Trey Mullinax: "Just the Two of Us" by Bill Withers

Seamus Power/David Hearn: "Shipping up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys

Sung Kang/John Huh: "Bang Bang Bang" by Big Bang

William McGirt/Sam Burns: "Callin' Baton Rouge" by Garth Brooks

Kevin Na/Byeong Hun An: "Make 'em say Uhh" by Master P

Chris Kirk/J.T. Poston: "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne

Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica

Martin Piller/Joel Dahmen: "Lovumba" by Daddy Yankee

K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi: "Gangnam Style" by PSY

Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica

C.T. Pan/Zac Blair: "Half Time" by Ying Yang Twins (inspired by the New Orleans Saints)

Tyrone Van Aswegen/Retief Goosen: "Africa" by Toto

Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry: "Right Now" by Van Halen

Shawn Stefani/John Rollins: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays: "Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)" by Zapp & Roger

Keith Mitchell/Stephan Jaeger: "Pizza Guy" by Touch Sensitive

Ben Silverman/Matt Atkins: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica

Zach Johnson/Jonathan Byrd: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay: "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

Greg Chalmers/Cameron Percy: "Down Under" by Men at Work

Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran: "Shipping up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys

Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark: "California Love" by Tupac

Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney: "California Love" by Tupac

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Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy: "Young Forever" by Jay Z ft. Mrs. Hudson

Cody Gribble/John Peterson: "Careless Whisper" by George Michael

Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly: "As Good As I Once Was" by Toby Keith

Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica

Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello: "The Best" by Tina Turner

Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft: "Gucci Gang" by Lil Pump

DA Points/Kyle Thompson: "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy

Mac Hughes/Corey Conners: "Big League" by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider

Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley: "Circle of Life" from Lion King (Carmen Twillie)

Shane Lowry/Padraig Harrington: "Beautiful Day" by U2

Russell Knox/Martin Laird: "Flower of Scotland" (anthem)

Gary Woodland/Daniel Berger: "Forever" by Drake

Brandon Harkins/Lanto Griffin: "Started From the Bottom" by Drake

Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown: "Slippery" by Migos

RELATED: Our nine favorite teams at the 2018 Zurich Classic

Andrew Landry/Talor Gooch: "Big Poppa" by Notorious BIG

Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels: "Down Under" by Men at Work

Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson: "Gold" by Spandau Ballet

Matt Every/Sam Saunders: "Running With the Devil" by Van Halen

Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan: "DNA" by Kendrick Lamar

Emiliano Grillo/Peter Uihlein: "Mi Gente (Remix)" by J Balvin, Willy William, Busta K.

Jamie Donaldson/Ross Fisher: "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap

Harold Varner III/Robert Garrigus: "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Alex Cejka/Ben Crane: "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake

Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz: "Mexico Lindo y Querido" by Vicente Fernandez

Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou: "Believe in Myself" by Zero Point Band

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