Justin Timberlake and Shriners break charity golf ties
October 2, 2012
Tags Golf Las Vegas Justin Timberlake
"Justin's a wonderful person," tournament chairman Raoul Frevel told the Las Vegas Review Journal. Frevel coordinated the pop/movie star's involvement with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and his corresponding concerts, aimed at raising money for the group's well-regarded hospitals.
Frevel says the Shriners tried to get the former N'Sync star to become more involved with the hospitals and the patients they serve. "But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren't on, he disappeared."
So after Sunday's final round in this year's tournament, which begins Thursday, Timberlake and the Shriners will part ways.
Timberlake did help raise millions through his concerts during the tournament in his first four years, but he wasn't able to attract more media interest or consistently lure bigger-name players, says Frevel.
"At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that's how our relationship with Justin came about," Frevel said.
"Bye, bye, Justin," read the opening paragraph of the Review-Journal's story on the split.
Next year, the tournament will be known as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and will be part of the Tour's FedEx Cup series, counting toward the playoffs in 2014.