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Justin Timberlake should’ve stopped while he was ahead

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raar01_timberlakeFirst off, Justin Timberlake is a Godsend to the PGA Tour. Let’s get that out of the way at the start. The tournament he did in Vegas last year — and will hopefully make a staple on the Tour schedule — with Shriners Hospitals for Children was by far this biggest stop during the Tour’s usually quiet Fall Finish.

Aside from the tournament, Timberlake has been a mainstay at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, as well as Golf Digest’s amateur golf bloodbath better known as the Golf Digest Challenge. To put it plainly: Timberlake is a beacon of hope for the usual PGA Tour fan which is middle-aged and white. And while Timberlake may fit one of those groups, he sure doesn’t fit the middle-aged part.

Not only has he brought a new demographic to golf — he’s also finding new and innovative ways to help the game. The course he recently bought shows us how dedicated he is to growing the game. While I could go on for days praising his presence on Tour, his recent idea leaves me scratching me head.

A recent article in the New York Observer regarding Timberlake really caught my eye after I realized the article had a golf spin (no pun intended) to it:

Justin Timberlake wants to write a book about golf! Sources say lit agent David Vigliano—who has recently repped books by celebrities like Shannon Doherty and Clay Aiken—sent editors a short proposal by the singer last month. Mr. Timberlake has been a golf fanatic for years, getting his first taste of the game as a boy and later playing it with a group of roadies during the last *NSYNC tour. Today, he regularly competes in charity tournaments, and even owns an environmentally friendly golf course in his hometown of Millington, Tennessee.

Though neither Mr. Vigliano nor Mr. Timberlake’s publicist, Sonia Muckle, would comment on the project, we hear it’ll be something of a memoir, consisting of stories of rounds he has played and people he has played with.

In all seriousness, a golf memoir book about Timberlake’s rounds doesn’t hit me as best seller list materials. I’m sure the recounts of his rounds probably go something like this…

9 a.m. Woke up and turned over to see Jessica Biel sleeping next to me. Can someone remind me why I want to play golf today?

10 a.m. Hop in the Benz and head towards Mountain Gate Country Club for a quick 18 with the fellas.

10:25 a.m. Tee shot on the first hole was absolutely striped. Time to drive up to my ball…

10:31 a.m. Hit second shot while new beats from my upcoming album blare in the background. I think I just chunked the shot…

You get the point. While he may have some interesting stories, I doubt they’ll be anything we haven’t heard before. Sure, he’s JT and maybe, just maybe, he bagged some chick in the middle of the fairway at Cypress Point. But in all honesty, I’m pretty sure it’ll be stuff we’ve all heard before.

JT: Please do us all a favor and take the time you’ll spend on this book and put it to better use working on your game, or helping Tim Finchem and the Tour.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

07/08/2009 at 8:01 pm

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