Watch the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC

You saw how Bethpage Black challenged the world’s best golfers two weeks ago, as 29-year-old Lucas Glover overcame the toughest of course conditions and outlasted final-nine charges from Phil Mickelson, David Duval and others to win the 109th U.S. Open Championship.

Now see how a star-studded foursome of amateur golfers fare on the Black, playing from the same tees and under the same rigorous U.S. Open conditions, when the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge airs Saturday at 2 p.m. (EDT) on NBC Sports.

Headlining this year’s Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge:

Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and perhaps the most electrifying, clutch athlete ever, with tour star Fred Couples on his bag
Ben Roethlisberger, the Pro Bowl QB who guided the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowl wins, with 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate as his caddie
Justin Timberlake, one of the world’s top entertainers, who vowed to better the 98 he shot at last year’s Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge at Torrey Pines. This year his looper is PGA Tour star Anthony Kim.

Our three celebrity contestants will be joined by Larry Giebelhausen, a 59-year-old police officer from Phoenix, Ariz., who will be representing 73,581 contestants in trying to break 100 on a U.S. Open setup – a challenge Tiger Woods sparked two years ago when he declared that a 10-handicapper could not break 100 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club the way it had been set up for the 2007 U.S. Open.

Tune in to NBC at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4, to see all the highlights as our four brave amateurs battle the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, host of the 2009 U.S. Open Championship.

 

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.


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