| ||Roethlisberger, Timberlake To Join
Jordan As Celebrities For 2009
Golf Digest/U.S. Open Challenge
April 17, 2009
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger demonstrated grace under fire
at this past February's Super Bowl, throwing the game-winning
touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to beat the Arizona
Cardinals, 27-23, and giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a record
But can "Big Ben" deliver under similar pressure
on the golf course?
The world will find out if the two-time Super Bowl
champion can break 100 under challenging U.S. Open conditions
at Bethpage State Park's Black Course as one of the three
celebrities in the
/U.S. Open Challenge June 12.
Roethlisberger, 27, agreed to join Hall of Fame basketball
player Michael Jordan, 46, and entertainer Justin Timberlake,
28, in the special event, which will be broadcast just prior
to the scheduled final-round telecast June 21 on NBC from
noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT.
|Justin Timberlake will look to
improve upon the 98 he posted in last year's
Challenge. (John Mummert/USGA)|
The fourth at-large participant will be selected via
public voting that is currently taking place
through May 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. A total of 73,581
individuals sent in six-word essays and videos, with that
list eventually being whittled to four final nominees:
Phillippe de Kerillis of Erdenheim, Pa., Larry Giebelhausen
of Scottsdale, Ariz., Dale Matthews of McLean, Va., and Bob
Ray of Arnold, Md.
Timberlake took part in last
at Torrey Pines and shot 98. He also is the host of the PGA
Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children
Open held in Las Vegas.
Roethlisberger will have to play mighty well to best last
year's quarterback participant, Tony Romo of the Dallas
Cowboys. Romo, who has made attempts to qualify for the U.S.
Open and has filed an entry for this year's championship,
carded an impressive 84.
Jordan, Timberlake and Roethlisberger all have a
single-digit USGA Handicap Index and have been included in
rankings of athletes and musicians. In the 2007 list of the
top athlete-golfers, Jordan ranked T-30 with an Index of 1.2
and Roethlisberger was T-121 with a 7.0. Timberlake was
ranked T-15 with a Handicap Index of 6.0 in the 2008
Top 100 in Music list.
Premier instructor Butch Harmon will once again caddie for
Timberlake, while 15-time PGA Tour winner and 1992 Masters
champion Fred Couples will caddie for Jordan.
Roethlisberger's caddie will be announced at a later
date.Storycompiled by USGA Digital Media staff writer David