Major champions, PGA Tour stars ready to compete in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - The field at the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will boast seven players who have earned a Major Championship. Joining a talented group of their peers at the 26th annual Las Vegas event, held Oct. 13-19 at TPC at Summerlin, the list includes the likes of Hunter Mahan and J.B. Holmes who just competed on the winning Ryder Cup team.

Hunter Mahan - Day 1 - Ryder Cup Matches
Hunter Mahan of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, will play in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
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Rich Beem, Mark Calcavecchia, David Duval, Steve Elkington, Todd Hamilton, Zach Johnson and Mike Weir will be among the major championship winners competing for the $4.1 million purse next month. Beem, winner of the 2002 PGA Championship, is a three-time PGA Tour winner. This will be his ninth appearance at the Las Vegas tournament where his best finish was T11 in 2006. His career earnings total over $8 million.

Calcavecchia is a 13-time tour winner with such notable tour victories as the 1989 British Open. With two top-10 finishes in 2008, he is currently ranked 13th on the all-time PGA Tour money list with over $23 million in earnings. This will mark Calcavecchia's 19th appearance at the Las Vegas tournament where he has three top-10 finishes in the event.

Duval is a 13-time PGA Tour winner, including the 2001 British Open. This year will mark Duval's seventh appearance at the Las Vegas tournament with his best finish T6 in 2002. A notable career moment came at the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic when he shot a 59, one of only three players to do so on the PGA Tour. His career earnings total nearly $17 million.

Elkington, winner of the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club, has three top-10 finishes this year. His most recent win was the Doral-Ryder Open (CA Championship) in 1999, and his best finish in nine starts at the Las Vegas tournament was T8 in 1990. He is currently ranked 54th in career earnings at over $13 million.

Johnson is making his first appearance at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. A three-time PGA Tour winner, Johnson walked away with the coveted green jacket at the 2007 Masters. He is currently ranked 70th in career earnings at over $11 million and boasts five top-25 finishes this year. His most recent win was the AT&T Classic last year.

Hamilton has earned two top-25 finishes this year. His most recent win was the British Open in 2004. Hamilton's best finish in three starts is T56 in 2006.

Weir is currently ranked 12th in career earnings at over $23 million with five top-10 finishes to his credit this year. His most recent win was the Fry's Electronics Open last year. This will be Weir's sixth appearance at the Las Vegas tournament; his best finish at the event was T10 last year.

"To see this caliber of players among the field in Las Vegas is very exciting," said Gary Davis, tournament chairman. "The fans will be treated to a week of highly competitive and very entertaining play."

Designated event parking is located on the west side of Durango between Washington and Vegas Drive. Dedicated courtesy shuttles will be running all day from the lot to TPC Summerlin, Oct. 13-19. Daily and weeklong tickets are on sale now at www.jtshrinersopen.com or by calling (702) 873-1010. Event day tickets can be purchased at the gate.

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.

Join the fun Oct. 13-19 at TPC Summerlin, where both the serious and casual golf fan will applaud as some of the best players in golf, combined with 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.

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