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Zurich Classic to feature first-tee walk-up music

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The PGA Tour is about to get a little louder.

Tournament officials announced Monday that the Zurich Classic will become the first Tour event to feature walk-up music.

Each two-man team that makes the cut at TPC Louisiana can pick a walkup song to be played on the first tee before each of their weekend rounds. The New Orleans-area tournament, scheduled for April 26-29, is the only team event on the Tour schedule.

“This innovation will try to further and enhance the concept and the team atmosphere,” said tournament director Steve Worthy.  

The format is the same as last year – 72 holes of stroke play, with fourballs (best ball) during the first and third rounds and foursomes (alternate shot) during the second and final rounds.

The 80-team field will be cut to the low 35 and ties after two rounds.

Already committed to this year’s event are Justin Thomas (partnering with Bud Cauley), Jon Rahm (Wesley Bryan), Justin Rose (Henrik Stenson), Sergio Garcia (Rafa Cabrera Bello), Bubba Watson (Matt Kuchar) and new Masters champion Patrick Reed (Patrick Cantlay).