Justin Timberlake To Serve As Team Ambassador For US Ryder Cup 2012 Squad

18 July 2012, 19:15 | Updated: 18 July 2012, 19:34

The 'Cry Me A River' singer received high words of praises from captain David Love III who is thrilled to have the star on board.

Justin Timberlake has been announced as a team ambassador for the upcoming US Ryder Cup 2012 squad.

The 'Sexy Back' singer said he is "proud" to be involved in the upcoming golf tournament and has been a fan of the sport for years.

"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," he said in a statement. "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-honoured event.

"It's going to be a special week for golf fans around the world, me the most."

PGA of American president Allen Wronowski added that the singer turned actor's involvement is an "added bonus" to the team and called Justin a "perfect fit" for the role.

"The Ryder Cup is truly a global event, and Justin is a household name internationally," he confessed. "As someone who is passionate about golf, he's the perfect fit to be a Team Ambassador, and The PGA of America is proud to have his support for the 2012 Ryder Cup."

The event takes place every two years and sees the best golfers from the US and Europe go head-to-head over three days.

This year's captain Davis Love III was full of praise for the 'What Goes Around' star and referred to him as a "true champion" of the sport.

"As Captain, I'm very excited to have Justin on board as an Ambassador for the U.S. team," he declared. "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."

Meanwhile, the singer - who is also a creative director at golf brand Callaway- has been pictured filming scenes alongside actor Ben Affleck in the new movie Runner, Runner out in Puerto Rico.

The Ryder Cup 2012 will take place at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois starting on 28th September.