While his future with the Las Vegas PGA Tour stop is uncertain, Justin Timberlake will play a unique role with the American Ryder Cup team.
The PGA of America announced Wednesday the entertainer has been named the first-ever "ambassador" for the matches at Medinah, near Chicago, from Sept. 25-30. That role specifically involves two appearances ahead of the competition - at the Ryder Cup Gala on Sept. 26 and the opening ceremony the next day.
"I’m very excited to have Justin [Timberlake] on board as an Ambassador for the U.S. team,” said captain Davis Love III. “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 will not have a formal role with Love's team, unlike NBA all-time great Michael Jordan, who was an assistant captain on the 2009 Presidents Cup team led by Fred Couples.
The singer has attached his name to the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open since 2008. The Tampa-based hospital group recently extended its title sponsorship for another five years, but it is unclear if Timberlake will remain associated.