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Justin Timberlake entertains Ozarks golf fans at Top of the Rock

Walking down the ramp before teeing off at Top of the Rock on Saturday afternoon, Kid Rock handed off his beer in one hand while holding his cigar in the other.

The “American Badass” was greeted by cheers from fans as he and Larry the Cable Guy joked around before being introduced.

Those who have been to celebrity competitions at Legends of Golf in the past know they need to get to the course early. Introductions are perhaps the best part.

Rock and Larry the Cable Guy were two of the Top of the Rock veterans in attendance on Saturday for the inaugural Legends Competition. The two were joined by the likes of international superstars Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg, along with other notables such as J.P. Morris, Paige Spiranac and Tyler Toney from Dude Perfect.

Celebrities played alongside legendary golf figures such as Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw and Gary Player, among others.

It was in those introductions before they teed off where fans are able to best see a few of their favorite celebrities interact and joke around with the crowd.

Rock was introduced by all of his accolades — being a patriotic rock, rap and country artist, along with his acting gigs.

Cable Guy got similar treatment while the “get-‘er-dones” rained down from the crowd. He was confused when he was announced as a singer.

Both their first tee shots landed on the green on the par-3 course. The pair were joined by Trevino and David Graham.

Wahlberg followed in a group with Morris, Jerry Pate and Crenshaw. When his award nominations were read to the crowd, Wahlberg was quick to yell back, “Yeah, and I didn’t win any of them!”

While Wahlberg was the biggest attraction in past years, from the sound of the crowd, there appeared to be a new fan favorite when Timberlake entered the first tee box.

Fans screamed for Justin Timberlake — although one yelled “alright, alright, alright”, confusing him for Matthew McConaughey, who wasn’t in attendance — with security making its way toward overly excited screaming fans.

Some asked Timberlake if sexy was back, referencing his song “SexyBack”, while others asked if it was “going to be May?” referencing his days with *NSYNC.

It was just the beginning of a sunny afternoon on the golf course where southwest Missouri golf fans were able to see some of the biggest names in entertainment. From Super Bowl halftime shows and Academy Awards to the Ozarks, it was a special sight for those in attendance.

Timberlake, Wahlberg and others will appear at Top of the Rock for the Celebrity Shootout on Sunday. They are scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m.

Springfield News-Leader

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