CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – What was Justin Bieber doing hanging around Quail Hollow in advance of the PGA Championship?
Wesley Bryan was in a practice-round group with Kevin Na and Bieber buddy Bubba Watson on Monday when the inevitable broke out.
“Kevin punched the record button and we could sing along with him,” Bryan said.
So what do golfers sing along to when Justin Bieber is in the group? One of his hits, of course.
“No Pressure,” Bryan said.
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Bieber and Bubba have been friends for a while, which explains why Bieber showed up at the PGA Championship. He posed for photos but kept a fairly low profile given his celebrity status.
Professional golf tournaments don’t tend to be like the Kentucky Derby, where celebrities are paraded in front of the media as part of the festivities. Famous non-golfers often show up at tournaments – Aaron Rodgers and some of his Green Bay Packers teammates were inside the ropes at the PGA two years ago at Whistling Straits – but Bieber doesn’t fit the classic golf fan mode.
And that’s OK.
“We want celebrities of all walks of life to be at the PGA Championship,” PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua said. “Quite frankly, we want them to be a part of this great game of golf.
“We think more people like Justin Bieber and Steph Curry, who love this game and play this game and talk about this game; that’s good for the growth of golf, and this game needs to grow. And quite frankly, people like that can help us grow it.”
When a media member questioned the value of allowing Bieber inside the ropes, Julius Mason – the PGA of America’s director of communications – had a quick response.
“You’re just upset that Bieber didn’t sign your hat,” he said.
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