The Paramount and State Theaters in Austin, Texas have hosted a wide variety of events over the years including world premiers of movies, musical celebrations of various artists, fund raisers, political debates and theatrical productions such as a sing along with “The Sound of Music”.
Monday, March 21st, it was the host to the Dell Match Play Draw Event that determined the brackets for players to compete against each other in the initial rounds of the Dell Match Play World Golf Championship. Click here for photos of the event.
Consistent with the title of “Live Music Capital of the World”, Guy Forsyth, a staple of the Austin music scene, provided musical entertainment for the media and the “VIP” group that attended the function. He was great.
Michael Dell, Rory Mcllroy, Ricky Fowler, Ben Crenshaw, Charlie Strong, Colt McCoy, Tom Kite and Andy Roddick participated in the draw process, broadcasted live on the Golf Channel. The atmosphere was interactive and full of fun.
Both Mcllroy and Fowler were present for the draw in their group and it was entertaining to watch their reactions and hear their comments on their approach to this tournament and the upcoming Masters tournament.
Both commented that it was important to have their game trending in the right direction for the Masters. This tournament figures prominently in both the world golf rankings and their preparation for the Masters.
Mcllroy had just arrived in Austin and indicated that during the ride from the airport to the event he inquired about the best place to eat Bar-B-Que and Mexican food but he declined to comment on which places he had chosen.
Mcllroy commented that he approached match play differently than stroke play in that he concentrated on playing the individual more than the course.
Fowler commented that he enjoys Austin and has attended a variety of events in the city including collegiate tournaments at the UT Golf Club, the F1 races, and motocross.
In spite of wearing the wrong color of orange in Austin, he says he still likes the city and has fun when he is here. (He played college golf at Oklahoma State, whose colors also include orange).
Tomorrow, all the top 64 players in the World Golf Rankings will be at Austin Country Club in their final preparations for the tournament. It should be very entertaining.