Justin Timberlake's affinity for golf is no secret to Golf Digest readers. The versatile entertainer is the only two-time participant in the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge (in which he shot 98 and 88 at Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black, respectively); he hosts his own PGA Tour event, this week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; and also bought and renovated a municipal golf course, now called Mirimichi, in his native Memphis.
The 29-year-old Timberlake first spoke at length about his passion for the game in a Golf Digest Interview with Senior Editor Craig Bestrom in the November 2008 issue, and he expanded on the topic in a recent segment on ESPN's "E:60," in which his Butch Harmon-refined swing and pimped-out golf cart are both on display.
Of course, these have been trying times for Timberlake's golf game, which is another way of saying business is booming. In between shooting two films and promoting another, the Facebook-creation saga, "The Social Network", Timberlake said this week at his tournament was his first opportunity in four months to pick up a club.
"You know, it's that old thing when work is good the game suffers," Timberlake told reporters at his pre-tournament press conference. "But you work so you can play."
-- *Sam Weinman *