Ryder Cup role for Justin Timberlake
The PGA of America has announced that Justin Timberlake will serve as the first-ever Team Ambassador for the USA during this year's Ryder Cup.
The event takes place September 25-30 at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, and the popular musician and actor (and golfing enthusiast) will appear at the Ryder Cup Gala on September 26 at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, Illinois, as well as the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on September 27 at Medinah Country Club.
"The Ryder Cup continues to generate incredible excitement as September approaches, and Justin Timberlake's involvement is an added bonus for one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in the world," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski.
"The Ryder Cup is truly a global event, and Justin is a household name internationally. As someone who is passionate about golf, he's the perfect fit to be a Team Ambassador, and The PGA of America is proud to have his support for the 2012 Ryder Cup."
US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love said: "As captain, I'm very excited to have Justin on board as an Ambassador for the U.S. team.
"He's a true champion for our sport, and I've been very impressed with his commitment to growing golf and sharing his passion with others. He genuinely loves the game. I know golf fans are going to embrace his participation and share in his excitement for the Ryder Cup."
Timberlake, meanwhile, is thrilled to have the opportunity to experience the Ryder Cup firsthand and lend his support to the US team.
"Golf has been a lifelong passion of mine - whether I'm out playing the game, working on the course at Mirimichi or sharing my love for the sport with others," he said.
"There is no greater stage for the sport than the Ryder Cup, and I'm proud to be an Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and take part in such a time-honored event. It's going to be a special week for golf fans around the world, me the most."