Bing Crosby. Sammy Davis Jr. Bob Hope. And now ... Justin Timberlake?
The PGA Tour announced on Monday that the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actor will serve as host of its Las Vegas event in 2008, becoming the 14th celebrity to host an official tournament.
"I couldn't be more excited," said Timberlake, who plays to a 6-handicap, according to a Golf Digest ranking that was released earlier this year. "We will make sure to make this event unique and memorable."
Like Bing and Sammy, Timberlake is better known for crooning than putting. His album "FutureSex/LoveSounds" debuted at No. 1 a year ago and his single "SexyBack" also went to No. 1.
The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, part of the tour's Fall Series, will be played Oct. 13-19, 2008, at TPC-Summerlin. As part of his involvement, Timberlake will play in the Wednesday celebrity pro-am and host a concert during tournament week.
An avid golfer, Timberlake competes in the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am each year. According to a widely published report, he has vowed to play in a tournament as a competitor in the not-too-distant future. "Justin is a very keen golfer and he's playing to a very high standard now," a source close to the entertainer said in April. "His aim is to make it into a pro event -- just for a tournament or two. He practices every day, has a coach and takes his clubs wherever he goes."
"We will raise money for charity while participating in the greatest game ever played," Timberlake said. "I thank the PGA Tour and the Shriners Hospitals for Children this amazing opportunity. Raising money to better children's lives while playing golf? I can't think of a better way to pass the time."
The annual event in Las Vegas has taken place each year since 1983, with Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Paul Azinger, Jim Furyk, Curtis Strange and Fuzzy Zoeller among the previous champions. George McNeill won this year's edition, at the time called the Frys.com Open.
"The PGA Tour is delighted to announce Justin's involvement with our Las Vegas event," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. "This promises to be an exciting and effective collaboration, one that will only raise the profile of the great work done by the Shriners Hospitals."
Comedian/actor George Lopez also will host a tournament in 2008. Entertainers other than Hope, Crosby and Davis who have headline tournaments in the past include
Joe Garagiola and the