The Friends series fans would remember the pop rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish, that Ross (Adam Sandler) loves and attends the show with Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) on his birthday. The band is catching attention all over again. It is celebrating its first album’s 25th anniversary by releasing a new album this year. And, guess what, its front man, one-time lead singer and guitarist, and three-time Grammy winner Darius Rucker has been awarded for his love for golf! Rucker, who plays golf as much as he plays guitar has been announced PGA TOUR’s first formal brand ambassador.
“I am so proud to be a part of the PGA TOUR,” Rucker said of the association which was announced recently when he was making his appearance at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, California, where he was competing as part of the celebrity field. “Proud they want me to be out there representing them in a different way. I’ve been friends with so many guys on TOUR and have done some really cool things with them over the years. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Rucker’s passion for the game of golf is no secret; he has been crazy for the sport since he was a teenager. His golf-focused show on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio even gave him one of the best days of his life when none other than Jack Nicklaus appeared on it and charmed all with his tales about the 1986 Masters. Rucker has even competed in a number of PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions pro-am events alongside professionals including Davis Love III and Steve Stricker. Rucker also partnered with the TOUR to release a song in 2011 written specifically to support the PGA TOUR’s charitable efforts, entitled Together, Anything’s Possible.
Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld — University of South Carolina students, burst onto the music scene in 1986 when they formed Hootie & the Blowfish and quickly graduated from local gigs to superstardom. Later, when they went their solo ways, Rucker tried rhythm and blues before finding his niche in country music.
Rucker, who plays golf almost as often as he plays the guitar, often spends four to five days of a week on a golf course. His tour manager’s main job is to plan every show such that every show is followed by a stint at the local golf course! The 52-year-old solo country-music star doesn’t just play in charity golf events but has been pivotal in organising many of them to raise awareness and funds for causes that matter to him.
And, they say if he is spotted anywhere around South Carolina, the chances are he is trying to better his chipping and sand game, Bulls Bay Golf Club being his favourite. For, he has travelled the world but finds South Carolina with the best golf options.