News & ToursOctober 20, 2010

Video: Justin Timberlake's passion for golf

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.

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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 *

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