The Challenge: Part 2
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] So, Ben Roethlisberger,
dealing with a thick rough and the trees at the first
with his second shot.
[Announcer] Looks like he has a swing.
He has to loft it up across that tree
immediately in front of him.
What a shot outta that rough!
Nicely done, sir.
[Announcer] Rocko, feeling good about his man early on.
Now, Giebelhausen has had his problems from the rough,
and now putting for a five here.
And this is just about the full length of the green, Roger.
[Roger] It is uphill, across a ridge about halfway
to the hole, and here, climbing the ridge, now leveling out.
He's got plenty of steam on it.
[Announcer] Whoa, whoa!
So, right from the get-go, the 59-year-old cop
from Arizona getting tested.
Now, Justin Timberlake, from the green-side bunker
with his third.
[Roger] He's got some green to work with here,
and that, pretty good technique.
Look at the spin on that, great shot!
[Announcer] So, Timberlake with a chance to save his par.
Just like that.
Now, MJ has gotten off to a really rough start, Roger.
Was able to find his tee shot but had to take an unplayable,
and now, hitting his fifth.
[Roger] Now a long bunker shot,
and he's caught that a little heavy, so a struggle here
on the opening hole for MJ.
[Announcer] Who, by the way, has a wager going
with his good friend, Tiger Woods, an over-and-under
established at 92 with a significant amount of cash
on the line.
[Roger] Substantial amount of cash.
[Announcer] But it will be a triple bogey start for MJ.
In the meantime, Roethlisberger with the chance
for an unlikely three here out of that beautiful shot
from the rough through the trees.
A little outer, a little outer, good try.
[Roger] All he had to do was hit it.
Well, at least we read it right.
I've never putted a shorter put in my life.
[Announcer] That's right, you gotta hole a ball out here.
No gimmes, and now, Timberlake
to match Roethlisberger's four.
Just gets enough of the edge,
so a good up-and-down for Timberlake.
[Roger] Very handy work there and a good four
after a poor tee shot.
I'll take it.
[Announcer] So, while Roethlisberger and Timberlake
have had solid starts, trouble for MJ
and trouble for Giebelhausen, now putting for a triple.
So, the challenge, again, is to break 100.
You can see plus 29 gets it done on a par-70 course.
Jordan and Giebelhausen, already plus three.
And there is his 92-year-old mother, Annette,
a part of his big gallery, which features family and friends
from the state of Arizona, and here's Giebelhausen
trying to settle down here at the par four second.
[Roger] He's drawn a pretty good lie in the rough here
on the left-hand side, shot that plays steeply uphill,
and what a shot!
[Announcer] That should settle the nerves
for the cop from Arizona.
Mike LaBauve, his teacher and caddy likes it,
and so position on the right side of the fairway
with 116 left is Timberlake.
[Roger] Players can't see any part of the surface,
only about half the flagstick.
[Justin] Come on, left!
[Announcer] He's walking that up the hill.
And that's a good one just above the hole.
Nice, nice, nice.
[Announcer] And Jordan's third now, from the bunker short.
[Roger] Not an easy bunker shot here,
and way too much click.
[Announcer] And these players normally don't have
to deal with grandstands.
This, of course, set up for a US Open,
so now Senior Director of Rules and Competitions
for the USGA, Mike Davis, in on the scene,
giving MJ his options here after going into the stands.
We don't have to.
Mikey, show him that mark.
[Announcer] Fred Couples, saying that MJ's ball is cut,
so Mike Davis, taking a look at it, no, sorry.
[Fred] You know, hey, that's why you're out here,
[Mike] It has to be cut.
[Fred] Oh, I thought it was cut.
[Man] But Freddy's working for his man.
I like that.
[Announcer] So the drop for Jordan, and then plays it
from there to here, so now his fifth shot.
So again, Jordan started off with a triple,
and right away, the mind starts racing, Roger.
[Fred] Great shot, great shot.
[Announcer] Maybe he can save the double.
[Roger] Well played.
[Man] I know how good that was.
[Fred] I'm tellin' ya.
[Announcer] Challenge keeping that cigar lit
in these conditions as well.
Timberlake with a chance for a birdie.
[Roger] A little downhiller here,
not steeply downhill, but slightly.
Should move a little bit to his right, maybe.
[Announcer] And how about this solid start for Timberlake,
a couple of fours!
[Roger] Way to go.
Had a chance of getting one under, there.
[Announcer] Well, Giebelhausen, after his triple,
a chance to get it back to plus two.
[Roger] Not much break here, should go a little left.
And just didn't hit it, but a solid par here it should be.
Yeah, he'll tap this in.
[Announcer] Which should calm Giebelhausen down
a great deal after the tough start.
Again, the whole spirit of this contest,
coming from the amateur in Tiger Woods's words,
that a 10-handicap could not break 100
on a US Open golf course, and Giebelhausen,
not only trying to do that, but following in the footsteps
of last year's contest winner,