U.S. OpenJune 15, 2015

Here's Fox's new U.S. Open theme music (and the guy behind it)

An often overlooked aspect of Fox's takeover of the U.S. Open coverage is the music. Gone, of course, is Yanni's triumphant theme "In Celebration of Man," which has stirred the very souls of golf fans for two decades. You know the one. . .

"'In Celebration of Man' is kind of like a statue," Yanni poetically said during last year's U.S. Open. "And it stands for golf."

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Well put, Yanni, and replacing such an iconic piece of music is a near-impossible task. But Fox has unveiled its U.S. Open theme and. . . it's not bad. Take a listen:

Unfortunately, the theme lacks a cool name like "In Celebration of Man," but perhaps that's coming later. It also sounds a bit like the opening theme music to the HBO comedy "Veep," but we guess that's a good thing.

Brian Tyler is the man behind the new U.S. Open theme and like Yanni, he boasts an impressive list of credentials. Tyler was named Film Composer of the Year at the 2014 Cue Awards. He has composed the score for more than 70 movies, including Furious 7, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. His work in TV has earned him three Emmy nominations.

According to Fox, Tyler conducted a 90-piece orchestra to create the six minute and 30 second theme (Like "In Celebration of Man," it will be broken up into shorter segments for broadcasts) that will officially debut during Wednesday's U.S. Open Preview Show on Fox Sports 1. Here's a video of Tyler talking about his latest composition.

"I wanted the music I composed for the 'U.S. Open on FOX' theme to capture the epic struggle, the challenge, the history, the heartbreak, and the elation of competitive golf," Tyler said. "Great sporting events like the U.S. Open are powerful stories that are unwritten until the last shot goes in and the trophy is hoisted. With this music I have endeavored to convey that essence and emotion."

You've got some pretty big shoes to fill, Brian, but we appreciate the effort.

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