2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble

BILL_MURRAYThe stars will be out in full force for the 39th Ryder Cup matches next week at Medinah Country Club, just west of Chicago, IL. Celebrities, entertainers and sports stars will be paired with past Ryder Cup Captains to play a 10-hole golf event.

Expected to attend are Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps and George Lopez along with local Chicago sports legends Ernie Banks, Richard Dent, Stan Mikita and Scottie Pippen. The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble golf event will take place on Tuesday, September 25, three days before the Ryder Cup officially gets underway.

Participating past Ryder Cup Captains will include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino and former CBS commentator Lanny Wadkins. The Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble golf event will start at 1PM CT, on the first day of official 2012 Ryder Cup practice rounds. Fans with tickets for Tuesday’s sold-out practice round will also be able to watch the scramble.

In addition, juniors age 17 and under will be admitted free of charge to the grounds on all practice round days – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – during Ryder Cup week if accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult. A maximum of two junior tickets may be obtained per Ryder Cup ticketed adult on these days at the Admission Sales/Will Call Office. Junior tickets are available on these days regardless of the fact that tickets have been sold out since last year.

“The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble will be a lot of fun to watch and is another great activity that Ryder Cup fans who are attending Tuesday’s practice round can enjoy,” said 2012 Ryder Cup Director Michael Belot. “Our participating celebrities and past Ryder Cup Captains are excited to bring their best golf games to Medinah.”

2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Medinah Country Club

American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks to Appear at Ryder Cup

JORDIN_SPARKSYou can add another superstar to the mix at the Ryder Cup in a couple weeks, but this one isn’t a golfer. The youngest winner in “American Idol” history and a past Grammy-Award® nominee, platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks will perform the U.S. National Anthem at Medinah Country Club during the 2012 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, September 27.

“I’m so honored to have the opportunity to sing our national anthem at the 2012 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies at Medinah,” said Jordin Sparks. “The Ryder Cup is one of the most patriotic events in all of sports, and it means a lot to me to represent the United States on such an important stage. I can’t wait to experience such an incredible atmosphere with passionate golf fans from around the world.”

The Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies will also include appearances by U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal; 2012 U.S and European Ryder Cup players; Justin Timberlake, the first-ever Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team; past Ryder Cup Captains and additional special guests. The 2012 Ryder Cup competition begins on Friday, September 28 with four fourball matches and four foursomes matches and will be completed on Sunday, September 30 with 12 singles matches.

Team USA captain Davis Love lll gets to decide before the contest starts whether the fourball or foursomes matches will be played in the morning. The winning team is determined by cumulative total points. Under Ryder Cup rules, the team that does not currently hold the Cup must win the contest to win the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a tie, the Ryder Cup will be retained by Team Europe, who won the trophy in 2010 in Wales.

For more information, visit the about the 2012 Ryder Cup website.

Justin Timberlake Named to 2012 Ryder Cup Roster

JUSTIN_TIMBERLAKE_GOLFAfter having his own PGA Tournament for the past few years in Las Vegas, Justin Timberlake recently added another notch on his golf resume by being named the first-ever Team Ambassador for the United States during the 2012 Ryder Cup matches this fall at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. As Team Ambassador, Timberlake will be a part of the Ryder Cup Gala event on September 26 and Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on September 27.

Justin Timberlake is considered one of the most diversely successful entertainers and entrepreneurs on the planet. He’s won six Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards and has starred in films such as The Social Network and Bad Teacher. Other business ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.

An avid amateur golfer, Timberlake redeveloped the eco-friendly Mirimichi Golf Course in Millington, Tennessee. In October 2011, Timberlake received the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Awards for his green-conscious golf course.

“Golf has been a lifelong passion of mine – whether I’m out playing the game, working on the course at Mirimichi or sharing my love for the sport with others,” Timberlake said. “There is no greater stage for the sport than the Ryder Cup, and I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and take part in such a time-honored event. It’s going to be a special week for golf fans around the world, me the most.”

The first Ryder Cup matches will take place on Friday, September 28. The final singles matches will take place on Sunday, September 30. This will be the only time the Ryder Cup has taken place in Illinois throughout the 38 previous competitions.

“As Captain, I’m very excited to have Justin [Timberlake] on board as an Ambassador for the U.S. team,” said 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup 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.”

“The Ryder Cup continues to generate incredible excitement as September approaches, and Justin Timberlake’s involvement is an added bonus for one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in the world,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The Ryder Cup is truly a global event, and Justin [Timberlake] is a household name internationally. As someone who is passionate about golf, he’s the perfect fit to be a Team Ambassador, and The PGA of America is proud to have his support for the 2012 Ryder Cup.”

For more information, visit the 2012 Ryder Cup website.

Sergio García Sets Sights on 2012 Ryder Cup

SERGIO GARCIADon’t look now, but Sergio García is once again the hottest golfer on the planet and could be punching his ticket on fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal’s 2012 Ryder Cup team. Garcia took home the trophy at last week’s Andalucía Masters at Valderrama after winning his home Castelló Masters by an 11-shot margin the week before.

With his latest victory, the former world number two jumped from 31st to 18th in the world golf rankings. However, playing in the Ryder Cup is Garcia’s ultimate goal, especially considering he missed the 2010 iteration of the event at Celtic Manor as a player for the first time in 11 years.

2012 European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal is confident Sergio has what it takes to qualify for his team at Medinah Country Club next year. “I am sure that Sergio will be in the Ryder Cup,” Olazabal said. “He’s got a special charisma and a solid game. He helps the team and he needs to enjoy himself on the course.

“Unless I go as captain I won’t go back to the Ryder Cup if I’m not playing,” said Sergio. García holds a 14-6-4 record at the Ryder Cup, competing for the European team in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008. In 2006 at the K Club in Ireland, Sergio won both his fourball and foursome matches and on day two, he paired up with Jose Maria Olazabal to win both their matches against Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco helping Europe to an easy win 18½ points to the United States’ 9½ points.