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Darius Rucker FILE: • Born: May 13, 1966 in Charleston, South Carolina


• Number of Billboard #1 Singles: Five


• Awards: Country Music Association’s “New Artist of the Year” in 2009 (only the second African-American to ever win a CMA award); Grammy award for Hootie & the Blowfi sh as “Best New Artist” in 1996.


• Latest Album: Charleston, SC 1966 (2010)


• Best Selling Album: Cracked Rear View with Hootie & the Blowfi sh (1994)


How would you describe your golf game? My game is not at the highest level it ’s been—it’s average, very average. I’m trying to get it back together. It’s always fun hanging out with these guys (fellow celebrities at the AT&T) and seeing their games and realizing you know you’re bad, but you’re not the only one. •••


How often do you get to play? I play a lot; I play about three to four times a week. •••


What is it that draws so many musicians to the game? (Fellow musicians Huey Lewis, Kenny G and Clay Walker also participated in the Celebrity Shootout). I don’t know about other people, but I love being outdoors and I love how you can play the same course every day and


have a different game every day. It’s a challenging game, but I love it. •••


How does performing in front of thousands of fans as a singer relate to playing in the AT&T National Pro-Am? Not at all (laughs). Out there (on the concert stage) I know I’m going to be good but here I’m just trying not to kill anybody. •••


What was it like to partner with Bill Murray for the Celebrity Shootout? Bill’s always great. He’s just an amazing human being. He’s just such a personable guy and I love hanging out with him; it’s always fun. •••


Any nerves on the fi rst tee? Every year when I play Pebble at the AT&T, my fi rst thought on the fi rst tee, I tell myself, if you’re going to miss it, miss it


I love how you can play the same course every day and have a different game every day.


SPRING 2012 / NCGA.ORG / 47


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