Actor, singer and amateur golfer Justin Timberlake will be playing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament for the first time this July, the tournament announced Wednesday.
Timberlake, an avid golfer with a six handicap, will be playing alongside several other top sports figures, including Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers and John Elway. Roger Clemens, Jerome Bettis, John Smoltz and Jerry Rice also will be there.
There will be two American war veterans in the field, both of whom were wounded in battle. Chad Pfeifer, who lost his left leg in an IED explosion and plays golf wearing a prosthetic, and Rod Gorman, who lost much of the use of his right arm.
“We’ve been talking to Justin Timberlake for years about joining the American Century Championship field and his schedule coincides with our tournament dates this year,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports, which owns and operates the tournament. “He will be a dynamic attraction for the galleries and a perfect fit with the celebrities who come to Lake Tahoe every July.”
Since 2001, the tournament has raised nearly $4 million for various charities.