The Challenge: Part 1
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
[Narrator] And some wet New York weather greets the stars
as they arrive for their big challenge on Bethpage Black.
Oh yeah I feel good.
Fancy New York weather you guys cooked up.
[Narrator] The course is primed and ready
for a U.S. Open Championship test.
The fans have come out to root on their favorite stars
at famed Bethpage Black on Long Island.
Hi everybody I'm Dan Hicks along with Roger Maltbie.
As we welcome you to another Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge
the venue last year Torrey Pines
the venue this year Bethpage the Black Course.
Roger how does this course differ from the venue
at Torrey Pines last year?
Well many of the challenges the players will face today
are the same really at any U.S. Open venue.
You have the famous U.S. Open rough
which they need to stay out of.
Slicker greens than they are usually going to play
so that's an adjustment as well.
What is different is that it's been very wet
in the New York area the last couple of weeks.
The golf course is saturated with water.
We have rain currently today on and off.
It's going to be very long.
It's over 7,400 yards
and it's gonna be distance will be a key.
Alright the lone returnee is Justin Timberlake
who did break a hundred
at Torrey Pines last year shooting a 98.
All four of the players that we talked to
said that they have a lot of confidence and all four believe
they're gonna break 100 here at Bethpage.
What do you think?
Well they've all been here.
They've played two or three practice rounds a piece
and in practice they have broken 100.
But the cameras roll today.
You know it's kind of like training for an Olympic event.
You get one day.
They have to do it today so we'll see what happens
once the cameras roll.
Alright with that let's go to the tee at the first.
This is the 10 am starting time.
Joining me as officials for today's round are
Mike Davis USGA's senior director of rules and competitions
and Jim Hyler, Vice President of the USGA
and chairman of our Championship Committee.
On the tee from Chicago, Illinois, Michael Jordan.
(crowd cheers and claps)
Caddying for Mr. Jordan today, Mr. Fred Couples.
(crowed cheers and claps)
Mr. Jordan play away please.
[Dan] So Roger not only stars playing the course today
but some PGA tour stars on the bag.
Fred Couples carrying the bag for MJ
as he gets things started here
at the downhill par four first.
Dog leg right par four.
Oh that badly pulled and hooked into that tall fescue.
But you can see how nervous he was.
I think that's my worst shot.
[Jim] From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ben Roethlisberger.
(crowd cheers and claps)
And caddying for Mr. Roethslisberger today,
Mr. Rocco Mediate.
[Dan] So a couple of guys from Pennsylvania.
Rocco Mediate the big part of the US Open story
last year at Torrey Pines following Big Ben around.
Looked like he hung onto that one headed right.
[Rocco] That's alright.
[Dan] We know our way around. So Jordan in the left
rough and in the right rough is Roethlisberger to start.
[Jim] From Memphis, Tennessee Justin Timberlake.
And caddying today for Mr. Timberlake, Anthony Kim.
[Dan] So it's AK and JT.
And Timberlake the veteran we mentioned breaking 100
last year at Torrey Pines.
But I guess that would bring him confidence this year
but this is a much different golf course, the black course.
[Roger] Well it is indeed but very good technique
in the golf swing of Justin Timberlake.
Beautiful golf swing.
That could be headed a little right
but Butch Harmon's done a great job teaching Justin
and he's only gonna get better.
[Dan] Alright so the fairway is still clear.
[Jim] And completing this group,
the winner of our contest from 73,000 entries
from Scottsdale, Arizona Larry Giebelhausen.
Caddying for Mr. Giebelhausen, Mike LaBauve.
And LaBauve is the guy who's
been working hard with Giebelhausen.
LaBauve from the Kierland Golf Resort in Scottsdale.
This is kinda where it all kind of sets in finally.
He's been thinking about this moment for a long time, Roger.
Working very hard on his game but nothing like the reality
of the first tee in a US Open course.
[Roger] We saw Michael Jordan was nervous.
How do you think this guy's feeling?
[Dan] Oh to the right.
That went way right.
And so no one has found the fairway here
at the par four first so a nerve wracking start
to start off this 2009 challenge.
You ready> I don't know.
Good neither am I.
[Interviewer] Your pal Tiger,
is he sending jabs from afar?
Early in the morning
he already texted me three times already.
We're out here to beat Ben Roethlisberger.
That's out number one goal.
I'm caddying and I'm late.
It's perfect, I fit right in.
I look kinda the part.
You know Ben just brought Rocco
because he needed somebody to carry that Superbowl ring.
It's too heavy.
[Interviewer] If he doesn't break 100.
It's all my fault.
It's all my fault.
I'll take all the blame.
Not a chance.
Don't even put that thought in my mind.
We will retire from golf if he doesn't break 100.
He heard me already, he's readin' my mind already.
I will quit.