As ESPN's Mike and Mike morning show wrapped up behind the first tee box at the Dye Club on Monday morning, Darius Rucker assumed his role as Monday After the Masters host.
The Hootie and the Blowfish front man sang the national anthem for the fans who had crowded around the tee box hours earlier and then took the first swings in the celebrity long drive contest.
The celebs and golfers have yet to take the course as the annual fundraiser is just getting underway.
The 18th annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am kicked off early Monday with crowds of onlookers ready to catch a glimpse of some of the celebrities scheduled to play in the tournament being held at the Barefoot Resort Dye Club.
The tournament has sold out its approximate 6,000 tickets for the seventh consecutive year.
New to the event in 2012 will be two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Saberhagen, 2012 Ryder Cup captain Love, PGA Tour member and entertaining personality Weekley, and Kansas City Chiefs and former South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop.
Others set to appear include LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam in her third appearance, Dustin Johnson, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Boo Weekley and Brett Saberhagen, Conway native and LPGA member Kristy McPherson, Buffalo Bills and former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen, and Jim Furyk and his caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan.
Other pro golfers scheduled to return include legend Lee Elder, John Daly, Tommy Gainey, Woody Austin, Brian Gay, Kyle Thompson, D.J. Trahan, Charlie Rymer, Matt Every, Ken Duke, Chris DiMarco, Tommy Biershenk, reigning U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, and former Grand Strand resident Kris Blanks, who made a hole-in-one in this past week's Transitions Championship on the PGA Tour.
Other celebrities and musicians scheduled to return to the event include NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty and Michael Waltrip; musicians Josh Kelley, Johnny Lee, Colt Ford, Edwin McCain and The Voice winner Javier Colon; athletes and/or media personalities Chuck Finley, Jim McMahon, Mike Golic, George Rogers, Doug Gottlieb, Sterling Sharpe and Stuart Scott; actors Gary Valentine and Kevin Sorbo; and wrestler Ric Flair.
The tournament is being held at the Dye Club for the 10th consecutive year. Gates opened at 5:30 a.m., and the Mike & Mike in the Morning radio and television show broadcasted near the first tee from 6-10 a.m.
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