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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, David Feherty mentioned he would love to have Justin Timberlake (and Timberlake’s new wife) on his show, Feherty.
There are people on my wish list — Jessica Biel — but I don’t know if they play golf or not. Justin Timberlake I know plays golf so I have an outside chance.
I’d say the chance is closer than “outside.” Timberlake is a noted golf wonk, and Feherty hasn’t exactly been short on star power in the past few years of hosting his own show.
Sit-down guests have included Bubba Watson, Tom Watson, Graeme McDowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Daly, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, Bill Russell, Don Cheadle and Tony Romo.
Guests for this year include Bobby Knight, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus.
I, for one, would love to see Timberlake join Feherty for an episode (I could do without Biel, though). Both are top-notch entertainers and know how to play to an audience.
Justin Timberlake Shriners Open held at the TPC Summerlin in Summerlin, NV. Pictured are, Justin Timberlake, George Lopez, Chris Kilpatrick, Josh Kelley, and Jason Taylor.
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he only had a five year contract anyway!
5:55PM EST October 2. 2012 – It was an “ouch” day for Justin Timberlake. Shriners Hospitals for Children, sponsor of an annual Las Vegas celebrity golf tournament, ended its relationship with him in an embarrassingly public way.
“Justin’s a wonderful person,” tournament chairman Raoul Frevel told the Las Vegas Review Journal. Frevel coordinated the pop/movie star’s involvement with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and his corresponding concerts, aimed at raising money for the group’s well-regarded hospitals.
Frevel says the Shriners tried to get the former N’Sync star to become more involved with the hospitals and the patients they serve. “But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren’t on, he disappeared.”
So after Sunday’s final round in this year’s tournament, which begins Thursday, Timberlake and the Shriners will part ways.
Timberlake did help raise millions through his concerts during the tournament in his first four years, but he wasn’t able to attract more media interest or consistently lure bigger-name players, says Frevel.
“At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that’s how our relationship with Justin came about,” Frevel said.
“Bye, bye, Justin,” read the opening paragraph of the Review-Journal‘s story on the split.
Next year, the tournament will be known as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and will be part of the Tour’s FedEx Cup series, counting toward the playoffs in 2014.
In 2013, the PGA Tour’s Vegas stop will be part of the FedEx Cup series – currently, it’s the opening event of the Fall Series and awards no points – but that won’t be the only change.
According to a report Wednesday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the event will no longer feature entertainer Justin Timberlake as tournament host. Instead, the focus will return to the hospitals and patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
“We’re a world-class organization,” said tournament chairman Raoul Frevel, according to the report. “At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that’s how our relationship with Justin came about.
“Justin’s a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren’t on, he disappeared.”
To begin the transition, the Review-Journal reported that the tournament sent about 300 invitations to PGA Tour players. Each note included a personal message from a Shriners Hospital patient, asking the players to “Join the Celebration.”
Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2, 2012)–For the 30th straight time, Las Vegas will crown a PGA Tour champion. And several Las Vegas golfers will be vying for the Justin Timberlake Shriners for Hospitals for Children Open crown including four of the top eight according to the betting odds released by Las Vegas’ GolfOdds.com. The betting favorite is Ryan Moore, who opend at 12/1 followed by fellow Las Vegas golfer Nick Watney at 15/1. Defending champion and Vegas resident Kevin Na is 25/1 aling with Vegas native Scott Piercy. –By Brian Hurlburt
“Local golfers always see their fair share of support in this tournament,” says Las Vegas’ GolfOdds.com founder Jeff Sherman. “I expect good action on Moore, Watney, Piercy and Na especially with their current/course form showing positive signs. This tournament is so wide open and the wind is the biggest wildcard. Outsiders have traditionally done well here, with recent winners Marc Turnesa, Andre Stolz and others who have won and rarely been heard from since. It will also be interesting to see how davis love iii performs coming of the disappointment of leading the ryder cup implosion.” Love III is 100/1.
Robert Garrigus leads the PGATour.com Power Rankings followed by Watney and Moore. Garrigus was 15/1 in Vegas. The following are the odds from GolfOdds.com
26 September, 2012: Justin Timberlake pose for a photo on the red carpet during the 39th Ryder Cup Gala, at the Akoo Theater in Rosemont, IL.
Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods shake hands on stage at the 2012 Ryder Cup Gala held at Akoo Theatre on Wednesday (September 26) in Rosemont, Ill.
The 31-year-old entertainer hosted the event and helped introduced the USA team ahead of the start of the tournament.
“I didn’t come here to bring ‘Sexyback’ to golf,” Justin said during the show. “Frankly, I have a bad back right now. We all know that’s what Davis Love, aka the Love man, does. Make sure to call him that when you see him.”
Joining the biggest names in Golf, Justin Timberlake helped host the 2012 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on Thursday afternoon (September 27).
The 31-year-old performer used his talents to recite a poem titled “Golf,” which was accompanied by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Justin began with, “I appreciate this poem because it’s a player’s love letter to the sport that we all love most.”
Timberlake continued to serenade the crowd with the words of Randy Sabados by reading, “How does one speak about the game of golf? A game of so many emotions, both highs and lows.”
MEDINAH, IL – SEPTEMBER 25: Hollywood star Justin Timberlake watches a tee shot during the 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble at Medinah Country Golf Club on September 25, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.
Man, he’s probably the sexiest golfer!!!
Robert Pera, prospective new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, has recruited a famous Memphian to be part of his ownership group: Justin Timberlake.Sources with knowledge of the arrangement said Thursday that Timberlake, one of the NBA’s most prominent celebrity fans and a Memphis native, has committed to joining Pera’s team of minority partners as the sale of the franchise from Michael Heisley to the 34-year-old technology magnate nears completion.
Sources told ESPN.com that Timberlake and Pera have quickly struck up a friendship, with one source adding that the singer/actor is making “a meaningful investment into the team” and “plans to be active” with the Grizzlies. Sources told ESPN.com that Timberlake and Pera have quickly struck up a friendship, with one source adding that the singer/actor is making “a meaningful investment into the team” and “plans to be active” with the Grizzlies.
The league office, sources said, has been made aware of Timberlake’s proposed involvement and is already well acquainted with him after inviting the self-proclaimed basketball junkie to participate in various celebrity games at All-Star Weekend.It emerged last month that Pera, who splits his time between Northern California and Taiwan, already has agreed to terms with five other local partners to purchase up to one-third of the franchise.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that the arrangement — which includes AutoZone founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde among the investors — would “practically guarantee” the team’s future in Memphis for at least 15 more years.Pera, though, has maintained since coming to terms with Heisley that he has no intention of moving the franchise. And the fact that Pera is committed to Memphis, sources said, was one of the key factors that triggered Timberlake’s desire to get involved.ESPN.com reported in June that Pera, CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, had agreed to pay an estimated $350 million to buy the Grizzlies from Heisley.
Although shares in Pera’s company — which specializes in wireless technology hardware — have slumped since news of the sale agreement emerged, sources close to the process have maintained for weeks that Pera’s purchase remains on course to receive formal approval from the NBA before the start of the regular season. NBA commissioner David Stern said in July after a Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas that the process was “proceeding on pace and we hope in the next couple months to be able to approve that.”Sources said Pera and Timberlake, in addition to their blossoming basketball connection, have bonded over the star’s keen interest in technology. In the 2010 movie “The Social Network” about the rise of Facebook, Timberlake portrayed Napster co-founder Sean Parker.Pera is also said to have bonded with the outgoing Heisley, who assumed control of the Grizzlies in 2000 when they were still in Vancouver and recently turned 75.If the Grizzlies’ sale goes ahead as expected, Timberlake would join Jay-Z (Brooklyn Nets) and Will Smith (Philadelphia 76ers) as prominent NBA minority owners from the world of Hollywood.
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Tickets for the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open are on sale, organizers said.
The week-long tournament that kicks off on Sept. 30 will emanate for its 30th year at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Summerin.
Organizers said, in celebration of the official PGA event’s milestone anniversary, tickets for action on Thursday, Oct. 4 will cost only $3.
Tickets for Thursday and the other days of the event are on sale at http://jtshrinersopen.eventbrite.com or at 702-873-1010.
The tournament will also feature a luxury dining and bar pavilion on the TPC’s “Hill” that overlooks the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Tickets for that area start at $35.
For more information on the tournament hosted by musician-actor Justin Timberlake, you can visit www.jtshrinersopen.com.
Kevin Na knows something that PGA Tour fans around Las Vegas don’t.
Asked what the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open turning into an official FedEx Cup points event would mean for the field of professionals, the 28-year old local defending champion smirked and chose his words carefully.
“I don’t know if I’m allowed to drop names,” Na said. “If I drop names and they don’t show up, it’s going to look bad. But I did hear some guys talk about it.”
Las Vegas’ annual tournament becomes associated with the PGA Tour’s championship race for the first time next year. If someone at the JT Shriners Open media day Wednesday at TPC Summerlin didn’t already know that, however, they would have left assuming the new format started right away.
That’s how much excitement and speculation about the future filled the clubhouse. But there’s still the matter of this year’s event, scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 7, before the tournament undergoes its prestige enhancement.
FedEx Cup hysteria hasn’t gotten in the way of preparing tirelessly for this year’s four rounds of golf, according to Tournament Director Adam Sperling.
“While we’re spending a lot of time on our future and looking at the future, it’s impossible to take your eye off of the ball,” Sperling said. “Without a successful tournament this year, next year is going to be much more of a challenge. We’re just trying to keep the momentum going.”
The tournament can claim an abundance of momentum for perhaps the first time in recent memory. Under Sperling’s watch, attendance has increased in each of the last three years.
Shriners will serve as the title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. The organization recently signed on for another five years.
For a tournament that’s switched title sponsors as frequently as the TPC Summerlin grounds staff manicures the grass in the past, a decade-long partnership is a major reason for celebration.
Before Shriners got involved in 2007, the tournament saw four different title sponsors in seven years.
“If you get a different group involved every couple years, they have different agendas and different goals,” Sperling said. “It’s hard to get anything to stick.”
Everyone currently involved is committed to bringing Southern Nevada the highest quality tournament possible annually. The move to make the JT Shriners Open a FedEx Cup points tournament helps in all new areas.
The world’s most famous players — the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson — routinely skipped Las Vegas in the past because the tournament was part of the Fall Series and carried no real stakes to entice them. With the JT Shriners Open beginning to offer a chance for an early lead in the PGA season next year, the top golfers will have to reassess their logic.
“I’m really happy to see the tournament moved into a full FedEx Cup points tournament,” Na said. “Now that it’s at the beginning of the year, I think it will create a little more buzz for the guys wanting to get off to a good start.”