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The PGA of America announced that general public tickets are available to the 39th Ryder Cup Gala, which features the captains, players and Grammy award winners Chicago and Justin Timberlake, the U.S. team's ambassador.

The event starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont the evening of Sept. 26 and will feature a red carpet that should include plenty of celebrities.

Tickets are priced from $200 to $300 and are available to the general public at or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. 

"It will be an unforgettable evening celebrating global golf, the Chicagoland area and all things Ryder Cup," said Michael Belot, the 2012 Ryder Cup Director. 
STATELINE, NV -- I couldn't make it across the pond for the British Open, but I'm thrilled to be at the American Century Golf Celebrity Championship. I've watched the tournament for years, and I was fortunate when my sports editor asked me if I'd be interested in coming out here for a few days.

Who says no to an assignment like that? 

It's been a scramble, since I arrived late last night. I drove through mountains and on winding roads, but I had no chance to appreciate the beauty since it was pitch black out. 

As a golf fan, this would be a perfect weekend for me. British Open in the morning, then the American Century Celebrity tournament in the afternoon/ early evening. NBC Sports Network will televise the first round starting at 3 p.m. CST to 6 p.m. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, from 2 to 5 CST.

In the meantime, someone on Twitter asked for some odds. I don't want to list all the athletes but here's a sampling:

Tony Romo, 5/2
Rick Rhoden, 4/1
Billy Joe Tolliver, 7/2
John Smoltz, 5/1
Dan Quinn, 7/1
Defending champion Jack Wagner, 7/1
Jeremy Roenick, 8/1
John Elway, 12/1
Mark Rypien, 12/1
Grant Fuhr, 15/1
Brett Hull, 18/1
Marshall Faulk, 20/1
Jerry Rice, 20/1
Joe Theismann, 30/1
Jason Witten, 30/1
Michael Jordan, 40/1
Miles Austin, 40/1
Alex Smith, 40/1
Alfonso Ribeiro, 40/1
Urban Meyer, 40/1
Tim Brown, 40/1
Greg Maddux, 50/1
Robbie Gould, 50/1
Aaron Rodgers, 50/1
Jim McMahon, 50/1
Oscar De La Hoya, 50/1
Vinny Testaverde, 50/1
David Wells, 60/1
Emmitt Smith, 100/1
Jared Allen, 100/1
Steve Spurrier, 200/1
Dan Jansen, 200/1
Ray Romano, 300/1
Herman Edwards, 300/1
Brandi Chastain, 300/1
Charles Barkley, 1,000/1
The PGA of America announced this morning that entertainer Justin Timberlake will serve as the first Team Ambassador for the United States during Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in September.
"As Captain, I'm very excited to have Justin [Timberlake] on board as an Ambassador for the U.S. team," said U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III. "He's a true champion for our sport, and I've been very impressed with his commitment to growing golf and sharing his passion with others. He genuinely loves the game. I know golf fans are going to embrace his participation and share in his excitement for the Ryder Cup."
Timberlake, an avid golfer, seems a natural fit for such a position.

"Golf has been a lifelong passion of mine - whether I'm out playing the game, working on the course at Mirimichi or sharing my love for the sport with others," Timberlake said. "There is no greater stage for the sport than the Ryder Cup, and I'm proud to be an Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and take part in such a time-honored event. 

"It's going to be a special week for golf fans around the world, me the most."
Andrew Music knew Tuesday would be special yet it even exceeded his expectations.

He was one of a handful of military veterans who were fitted by Callaway's pros for an entire set of clubs before the John Deere Classic at TPC Deer Run. And everywhere he looked -- on the putting green, at the driving range -- he saw Tour stars.

"Man, I felt like I was on the Tour for a second," said Music, who was honorably discharged with injuries after serving in the Marine Corps' Alpha Company 124 in Fallujah, a major city west of Baghdad. "I was like, 'Wow, this is awesome!' I've never had anyone cater to me like that before."

This year, Callaway Golf started an initiative to honor the nation's armed forces so they teamed up with the PGA Tour and Birdies for the Brave to professionally fit veterans with a customized full set of clubs. By year's end, Callaway will do 15 of these fittings at events.

"The neatest thing is, Callaway is the only company that's doing it," said Mike Sposa, a former pro who is the woods and metals rep for Callaway. "It's an honor to get to do this."

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