Top PGA Tour golfers tee it up at Justin Timberlake Shriners Open in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - The 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is attracting some of the best golfers in the world for the 26th annual Las Vegas PGA Tour stop. Spectators will have the opportunity to cheer on a stellar professional field as they vie for the title and the $4.1 million purse.
This year's event has received commitments from players such as Mike Weir, Jesper Parnevik, Bubba Watson and Chris DiMarco. Additional player commitments will be announced in the coming weeks.
Weir is currently in third place in the FedExCup standings heading into the third event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. His best finishes in 2008 (through Deutsche Bank Championship) are two second-place finishes at the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley and the Deutsche Bank Championship. Weir is ranked 24th in the Official World Golf Ranking and has more than $2.4 million in earnings for 2008. He is coming off a T-10 finish at the 2007 Las Vegas event, his best finish at the event in five career starts. Weir's career record boasts eight PGA Tour wins, including the 2003 Masters, and more than $23 million in total earnings, putting him at 12th on the all-time money list.
Parnevik finished 89th in the FedExCup and has four top-25 finishes in 2008. He finished T-14 in the 2007 Las Vegas tournament, his best finish at the event in seven career starts. Parnevik is a five-time PGA Tour winner with more than $15 million in earnings, putting him at 45th on the all-time money list.
Watson, known as one of the longest drivers on tour, is currently ranked first in Driving Distance Average, with an average drive of 314.6 yards. He finished T-14 at the 2007 Las Vegas tournament, his best finish in two starts at the event. Watson has three top-10 finishes to his credit in 2008, including a T-2 at the Buick Open. He is currently ranked 27th in the FedExCup points standings with two Playoff events remaining (the top 30 players qualify for the final event — the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola). Watson is ranked 97th in the Official World Golf Ranking and in three seasons, has earned more than $4 million and snagged two second place finishes.
DiMarco, a three-time PGA Tour winner, has enjoyed three top-25 finishes in 2008. In nine career starts at the Las Vegas event he has earned more than $340,000. His best finish here came in 2000 when he finished T-5. His career earnings are more than $20 million since 1994, ranking him 20th on the all-time money list.
"We are thrilled with the early commitments that we are seeing from some of the best all-around players on the PGA Tour," Gary Davis, chairman of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, said. "Our event attracts a strong field because the players enjoy the first-rate experience provided with a spectacular golf course, lively crowds and plenty of world-class entertainment and dining options. Our tournament has an impressive history including Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour victory in 1996. Other legends like Greg Norman and Jim Furyk have made their mark in this event as well."
About the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open kicks off a five-year commitment between the two parties to continue the tradition of a PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. The collaboration between Shriners Hospitals and Timberlake to act as title sponsor and host (respectively) promises to create a truly unique and world-class event for players and fans alike. A host of well-known golfers and celebrities will participate in the competition to help support the Shriners Hospitals' mission, while enjoying the signature flair that Las Vegas has to offer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Both the serious and casual golf fan will applaud as the best players in golf combined with the very best in Las Vegas-style entertainment are showcased. The viewing is unsurpassed at The Hill, a 22,000-square-foot luxury entertainment pavilion overlooking the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, granting stunning views of the course, Las Vegas skyline and Red Rock Canyon.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lips and palates are eligible for care and receive all services at no charge, regardless of financial need. For more information, please visit www.shrinershospitals.org.
About the PGA Tour
The PGA Tour is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. Its primary purpose is to provide competitive earnings opportunities for past, current and future members of the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the United States and around the world.
In 2008, the three tours are competing in about 108 events for approximately $355 million in prize money. Tournaments are being held in 37 states and in nine other countries. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, tour events also generate significant funds for local charities. In fact, the three tours have surpassed the $1 billion mark in overall charitable contributions. The PGA Tour's Web site address is www.pgatour.com, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
1680 Village Center Circle
Las Vegas, NV 89134
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September 11, 2008