Golf News: Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg joins Mcllroy, Fowler in Detroit exhibition

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on

Looks like stars are set to fall in Detroit as Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg are expected to join golf superstars Rory Mcllroy and Rickie Fowler for an exhibition.

According to WXYZ.com, both Timberlake and Wahlberg will take part in the event that is said to take place on June 7 at the Detroit Golf Club once the details have been finalized. The event will be held before the U.S. Open, which will be played at Oakmont.

The first two hours would be telecast live by the Golf Channel while CBS will take over from 9 to 11 p.m. though it was not clear how many holes will be broadcast in the night play.

Both Timberlake and Wahlberg played in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Wahlberg also spent the summer in parts of Detroit in 2013 filming the movie “Transformer 4.”

Dan Gilbert and Quicken Loans, which signed a sponsorship agreement with Fowler, are behind the efforts to bring back the PGA to Detroit.

The event was first reported by AP’s Doug Ferguson.

Golf exhibition has been part of the sport and was later coined “Monday Night Golf,” which was a series of match play challenge that ran from 1999 to 2005 and was later revived in 2012 with former no. 1 Tiger Woods involved in all matches.

The first match was played at Sherwood Country Club and was dubbed as “Showdown at Sherwood” while the next three were held at Bighorn Golf Club that was known as “Battle at Bighorn.” Then the next three were played at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe known as the “Battle at the Bridges.”

The event drew initial success as it gained broadcast ratings and draw more viewers than the final round of the U.S. Open and being second to the final round of the Masters Tournament. But it declined rapidly and the event was cancelled after its 2005 edition, with Woods taking a break from the event.

The match was then revived in 2012 as announced by Excel Sports Management and it took place on October 29 at Lake Jinsha Golf Club, which featured Woods taking on Mcllroy.

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