The Challenge: Part 10
They didn't all break 100, but they all met the challenge. Watch the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge with Michael Jordan, Justin Timberlake, Ben Roethlisberger and contest winner Larry Gibelhausen as they try to break 100 at Bethpage Black.
Released on 7/9/2009
[Announcer 1] And the foursome playing the last.
Michael Jordan dealing with the fairway bunker
and an uphill shot.
[Announcer 2] He has to get the ball up over the lip
and that fescue grass and Michael's not a high-ball hitter.
But, it sounded like good contact.
You bet, That's a good shot.
[Announcer 1] Just on the front edge.
[Freddy] Oh, that was unlucky.
Oh, I needed that one.
That was unlucky.
[Announcer 1] Jordan's gonna get under
that 92 bet with Tiger.
It's just a matter of how many shots under it is.
[Rocco] Hold on a second. You figure it's 155,
playing 62 or three?
So I need to hit the seven.
[Rocco] If you catch it, will it go that far?
Will it go 160 in the air for me?
[Ben] Whew, at most.
[Rocco] Okay, then that's the one to do, then.
It's taking a chance, but why not?
Try to stuff it.
[Announcer 1] Rocco asks questions, and he wants answers.
[Announcer 2] He's not letting Ben lay up.
He's making him go for it all day.
[Announcer 1] How far you gonna hit it for me?
[Rocco] Just draw a little bit.
[Announcer 2] Sounded like pretty good contact.
[Ben] Gotta go.
[Announcer 1] Oh! (laughing)
[Rocco] No it doesn't!
[Announcer 1] Another quality shot.
[Rocco] I told you, that was the perfect club. (laughs)
[Announcer 1] So Timberlake is next, from the rough.
[Announcer 2] This one's sitting down a little bit.
Ball, little bit below his feet and on an upslope.
[Justin] Oh, be right, be right!
[Announcer 1] They like it.
[Announcer 2] Oops, flyer.
[Justin] No love.
[Announcer 1] Deep, and in the thick stuff.
[Justin] What happened to it?
[Anthony] Maybe a little long, a hair long.
[Announcer 1] (laughing) I think
it's quite a bit long, Anthony!
[Justin] Thanks, man.
[Announcer 2] That came out flush!
[Announcer 1] OK, so Giebelhausen
hit his tee shot in the rough
and now needs a miracle birdie.
Has to hole this shot to break 100.
But he really took any chance really, Roger,
when he put it in the rough off the tee.
[Announcer 2] Yeah, he couldn't reach the green in two,
and then now you're really looking for a miracle.
[Announcer 1] So, it is officially over,
the quest to break 100 for Larry Giebelhausen,
will not happen.
And it really cost him, the 10 he took at 16.
[Announcer 2] And the eight he took at the 3rd,
the par three.
Two big holes just ruined his rank.
[Announcer 1] Meanwhile, the story for the other three.
Michael Jordan and the horrendous start,
has turned it around to not only break 90 easily,
but Ben Roethlisberger is in line for perhaps an 80.
He's got a birdie put upcoming.
And Timberlake, faced with this difficult 3rd
from behind the green.
[Voiceover] Oh, wow.
[Announcer 2] He's got it right on line!
[Crowd] Ooh! (applause)
[Announcer 1] Nearly jars it!
[Anthony] You called it too.
[Announcer 1] That ball was traveling a little bit, Rog.
[Announcer 2] That was gonna get quite a ways
past the hole, but I've been very impressed
by all the players today,
the number of wonderful shots they've hit.
This being another one, here in the replay, watch this.
Steep downhill lie, heavy lie.
Ball's going pretty fast
but hits the flag-stick dead center.
[Announcer 1] And Justin Timberlake, who shot the 98
last year in the first Golf Digest US Open Challenge
at Torrey Pines, will get under 90 this year.
In the meantime, Jordan with a long birdie try
from the front edge of the green.
[Voiceover] Oh, it hit his coin. Hit his coin!
[Voiceover] Pretty good put though.
[Voiceover] Good put.
[Announcer 2] Hit his coin, took the speed off it.
Or, some speed off it anyway.
[Announcer 1] But Jordan will have a chance for a 39,
on the back nine.
[Announcer 2] What a turn around.
[Announcer 1] Going out in 47.
[Announcer 2] Impressive.
[Announcer 1] Giebelhausen, this for 100.
[Announcer 2] Good put there, good speed.
[Announcer 1] So, he won't break 100,
but you really have to admire
how Giebelhausen handled himself through this entire day.
And even with all the hoopla before the contest,
during the contest, the build-up,
playing with these big celebrities,
having a great chance to break 100 on the back,
bringing it back himself like Michael Jordan.
But in the end,
too many big scores that prevented him from doing it.
[Announcer 2] He's been a 1st class guy
and a great gentleman.
He's really been very pleasant to be around.
[Announcer 1] Alright, Roethlisberger for an 80.
[Announcer 2] Give it to him!
[Ben] You gotta be kidding me.
[Announcer 1] So, Roethlisberger
turns in the only two birdies of the foursome,
but they happen to be on two of the toughest holes
on the course, the 10th and the 15th.
[Voiceover] Yes sir, well done, Ben.
[Announcer 1] So I think the Steeler quarterback
showed himself and a lot of others
that he can handle himself on a US Open course as well.
[Rocco] Nicely done, sir.
[Announcer 2] Terrific round of golf, really it was.
I can't believe that lip, I can't believe it lipped out.
That would have been, that would be the best way to go.
[Announcer 2] Rocco did a great job
of steering him around today.
[Announcer 1] So, Jordan for an 86.
[Crowd] Nice. (applause) Great.
[Announcer 1] Six shots under the 92 mark,
that his bet involved with Tiger Woods.
[Announcer 2] Mr. Jordan is now in Mr. Woods pocket.
[Announcer 1] Yes.
And a great day shared by Freddy and M.J.,
and of course M.J. will be on hand at Harding Park,
for the upcoming Presidents Cup, as an assistant for Freddy.
And so, Timberlake to cap off a sensational up and down.
So, Timberlake comes home in 46,
but still improves vastly on his 98,
from last year at Torrey Pines.
Michael Jordan played the first four holes in plus eight.
He played the remaining 14, in the same plus eight.
[Announcer 2] How bout Ben Roethlisberger's play?
Pretty impressive, parred all the par threes,
and had two birdies besides that
on the hardest holes in the course.
Six threes on his card.
[Announcer 1] And the story for Larry Giebelhausen,
he played a group of five holes in plus 20.
He played the other 13 in plus 11.
So, too many big scores on those five holes,
for Giebelhausen to have a chance.
As we head down to the 18th hole
and the presentation.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome.
I'm Jerry Tarde, the editor of Golf Digest.
I'd just like to thank the United States Golf Association
and president Jim Vernon, for inviting us all in to witness
four average golfers play this championship course
under brutal US Open conditions.
Every golfer has a dream of a put to win the Open.
These golfers had the full US Open experience today,
thanks to Bethpage Black and the State of New York.
Let's congratulate our four champions.
[Ben] Thank you, appreciate it.
[Jerry] Congratulations, great golfing out there today.
[Michael] Thank you, thank you very much, appreciate it.
[Ben] That's awesome, thank you.
Larry, you had a dream, as Jim Vernon said.
You didn't quite make your goal of breaking 100.
But, what will be the biggest thing you take out of today?
The dream really ended
with the first tee ball in the rough.
A couple bad holes, it was very disappointing.
I'm always a little hard on myself.
But it was exciting.
It was great to play with the celebrities.
It was certainly a 1st time experience
to play with the media, with the fans,
but you're all very supportive
and I appreciate it very much, thanks.
Alright, well congratulations on great playin.
Justin, 10 shots lower than last year.
I know you feel like
it should be 10 shots lower than it was,
but you have to be happy with the way you played.
Yeah, actually my goal was to shoot somewhere
in between 85, break 90, this year.
And so, I'm happy that I did that.
But, lost it a little bit on the back.
That's the thing that's most amazing to me
about the guys that'll be out here next week doing it,
is that throughout that walk, there's so many ups and downs
through a round like that.
And that they stay steady, that's the most impressive thing
about Tiger and Phil and Anthony and Rocco and all the boys.
But yeah, break 90 I'm happy.
M.J. that was an ugly start,
and a beautiful finish.
If you had another crack at Bethpage,
could you break 80 do you think?
No, I'm not gonna go out on a limb.
People here should be proud of this golf course.
This is an unbelievable golf course.
I've never played it before,
and if I had a chance to come back,
I would love to equal the same things that I've done.
Yeah, I started off ugly, and I'm a second half finisher
no matter how you look at it.
So, I was able to finish.
Any message for your friend in Orlando
who didn't think you could break 92?
I don't take checks.
Ben Roethlisberger, 81.
Yeah, 81, how bout that round?
I know you feel like it could have been lower,
but you really played very very well today.
It was tough.
I owe it all to Rocco.
Thank you Rocco, wherever you are.
Not letting my lay up every hold I wanted to lay up on,
he wouldn't let me.
No, it was fun, I had a great time,
being out there with these guys and the golf course.
Mike and I were walking down the last fairway here,
saying that every golf course you play from now on
is gonna be kind of easy.
Alright, well congratulations to all four of our players.
A great day here at Bethpage.