When Justin Timberlake Compared the Pressure of Performing Live With Playing Golf: ‘It’s Ridiculous’

Published 01/20/2022, 3:33 PM EST

Singer Justin Timberlake is one of many celebrities who play golf in their time off. While some might play a private round or two in a week, some find themselves playing sponsored tournaments with professionals. Timberlake – who has been closely related to golf for years – has many golf memories he has collected over time.

As the 2022 PGA Tour schedule continues, the tour arrives in California for the American Express Open.

In a recent post, Skratch shared a throwback video featuring Justin Timberlake. The video shared is around 20 years old and serves the correct amount of nostalgia.

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Justin Timberlake’s 2002 golf swing remains iconic

Back in 2002, Justin Timberlake (still with NSYNC) played at the American Express event. Sponsored by someone else, the event was named the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic back in 2002. The video shared features a young Timberlake, who has apparently played golf for less than a month.

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However, the songwriter made it to the course, showing off his six-month-old swing in front of fans. In face, Timberlake was even asked about feeling the pressure while golfing as opposed to when he is performing. “It’s ridiculous,” Timberlake told the interviewer. “You put me on a stage in front of millions of people and I’ll be just fine. Put me on a golf course in front of two people and I’m like, ‘Why are they watching me?'”

Fans react

Fans seemed to love the throwback. Some spoke of swing, while some discussed Timberlake’s voice. “This man’s voice is almost too buttery smooth….makes me uncomfortable lol,” one user wrote. Another joked about the caption and spoke about how everyone should just bring back the frosted tips now.

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Timberlake and golf

Most fans are aware of Timberlake’s golf connection, which has had him attend various tournaments over the years. A highlight for Timberlake’s golf journey is the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, which had the 40-year-old as a sponsor. While the partnership did not last long, Timberlake’s efforts towards charity will forever be appreciated.


The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the American Century Championship are some other events he has been to.

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Additionally, his handicap is said to be 6.0 as of 2020.

What do you think of young Justin Timberlake’s swing? Let us know.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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