Justin Timberlake will host PGA Tour event for the next five years



Singer Justin Timberlake walks up the fairway on the second hole during the second round of the Bob Hope Classic golf tournament in La Quinta, Calif. in this Jan. 19, 2006, file photo. Timberlake is getting his own golf tournament. The 26-year-old singer Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Associated Press

By The Associated Press

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Justin Timberlake is getting his own golf tournament.

The 26-year-old singer will host the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas, which will be re-named the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Timberlake becomes the 14th celebrity to host an event, joining notables Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Glen Campbell. The five-year agreement begins next year.

“We will make sure to make this event unique and memorable, and we will raise money for charity while participating in the greatest game ever played,” Timberlake said in a statement Monday. “Raising money to better children’s lives while playing golf? I can’t think of a better way to pass the time.”

The Las Vegas tournament is part of the Fall Series in October, played after the FedEx Cup. George McNeill is the defending champion.