By 19th Hole Staff | Oct. 30, 2017
The country music star, frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish, and golf fanatic shares his passion for the game and discuss the intersecting worlds of sports and entertainment with fans and special guests on his monthly show On Par with Darius Rucker, which premiered on SiriusXM’s 24/7 golf channel, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio earlier this summer.
A three-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Rucker is an avid golfer with a single-digit handicap and a passionate fan of the game. On Par with Darius Rucker features Rucker’s perspective on the game as a devoted player.
Rucker is friendly with many active players on both the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, and he is a partner at MGC Sports, a sports agency that currently represents golfers and other athletes. He invites the game’s stars as well as other celebrities with a passion for golf on the show for conversations that span the worlds of golf and entertainment.
“They say that rock stars want to be pro athletes, and pro athletes want to be rock stars, and there is definitely some truth to that,” said Rucker. “It’s no secret that music and golf are two passions of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to play with and get to know well some of the best golfers on tour. While we’re on the course, I’m looking for swing tips and all they want to do is talk music. SiriusXM is the perfect place to blend both of those worlds into one show, and I am really excited.”
“Darius is a very talented and versatile entertainer. He is also a fun-loving and engaging guy who is absolutely infatuated with the game of golf, which is something so many of us can relate to,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President, and Chief Content Officer. “SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio is an excellent forum for him to share that passion for golf and we are very excited to work with him on what will be a very unique and entertaining show.”
Darius Rucker first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a solo country artist, his musical life has had a remarkable second act that has featured many chart-topping hits. Rucker, a Capitol Nashville recording artist, recently released his debut single “Homegrown Honey” from his upcoming fourth country album.
Rucker’s passion for golf has been conspicuous since the game played a prominent role in the 1995 music video for “Only Wanna Be With You,” one of the earliest hits for Hootie & the Blowfish. He plays nearly every day when he is touring and was a VIP guest of Team USA at the 2016 Ryder Cup.
Rucker is also actively involved with several golf events. These include the “Darius Rucker Intercollegiate,” the annual women’s college golf tournament held in Hilton Head; the Annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters celebrity pro-am tournament; the “Darius and Friends” concert and golf tournament that raised over $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the eight years since its inception; as well as the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic charity tournament.