Originally written on Sports Business Digest  |  Last updated 9/20/14

The PGA of America has designated its first official Team Ambassador for the United States during this year's Ryder Cup. And that person? Justin Timberlake. Yes, that Justin Timberlake (is there another?) In Timberlake's new role as ambassador, he will appear at the Ryder Cup Gala on September 26th, as well as being on hand for the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on September 27th in Medinah, Illinois.
"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, andJustin [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 those questioning Timberlake's association with golf, he's actually an avid golfer with a 6 handicap, hosts the Justin Timberlake Shriner's Open annually and was hired by Callaway Golf as a creative director in January of this year. Timberlake also own's a golf course in Memphis,
"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." (via Press Release)
No word exactly on what exactly Timberlake's ambassador role will entail, outside of a few appearances, as of yet, although its likely some more information may trickle out as we draw closer to the 39th Ryder Cup, which will take place September 25-30.
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