The Justins, Timberlake and Rose rock Pebble Beach

The Justins, Timberlake and Rose rock Pebble Beach
Justin Rose (right) is greeted by playing partner Justin Timberlake after making a birdie during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament on Thursday.

Pebble Beach - Golf fans root for champion singer at Pro-Am event


Published: Sat 13 Feb 2016, 4:58 PM

Last updated: Sun 14 Feb 2016, 8:04 AM

Justin Rose, a US Open champion and the No. 7 in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren't calling for him, and he knew it. His partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is Justin Timberlake.
"I've never seen a demographic like that on a course where you're sort of running the gauntlet from one tee to the other. Everyone was under 21 and 80 percent female," Rose said. "I said, 'OK, that moved the needle a little bit there.'"
Rose did OK himself Thursday. He got off to a strong start is his debut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where Chez Reavie had the low score at a tournament that needs three days to sort out because of the variety of courses.
Reavie made an eagle on the 16th and shot 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula, which played just more than 1 1/2 strokes under par and was the easiest of the three courses. Freddie Jacobson made five birdies in a six-hole stretch and shot 7-under 65 at Pebble Beach, the only course to play over par (72.06).
Rose is among six players from the top 10 in the world, and this is his first time playing the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, partly because he chose not to play in the Middle East swing on the European Tour, and partly because of a partner (Timberlake) that he has come to know over the years. Both did well at their crafts.
Timberlake played too - the guitar. He didn't contribute any shots to their pro-am score, but Rose said the highlight was on the 16th tree when Timberlake grabbed a guitar for an impromptu performance, with Alfonso Ribeiro chipping in.
"That was a cool moment," Rose said. "Not many people saw it, because there was only like 20 people back there. That's obviously when you really appreciate how someone can grab a guitar, go a cappella and sound so awesome. You have a better appreciation.
"You see him hit not maybe so many great golf shots, but then you realise, 'Ah, that's pretty damn special right there.' So we all have our own skill set."

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