2012 Ryder Cup Schedule: Justin Timberlake headlines festivities in Chicago

Actual golf play in the 2012 Ryder Cup begins at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club Friday morning. The party began Tuesday with a celebrity scramble and continues throughout the week with a gala and the Field Museum pep rally.

Justin Timberlake, the "first-ever Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team," will make an appearance at the Ryder Cup Gala in Rosemont, Ill. Wednesday evening. Both teams' captains – Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabar – will appear, along with the band Chicago and comedian George Lopez. Tickets range from $200-$300.

The fan who doesn't want to trek into the Chicago suburbs can visit the Field Museum Thursday night for "Bagpipes and Blues," an officially-sanctioned pep rally that starts at $325 per ticket. "Elegant dishes celebrating the Ryder Cup" are available, along with Grey Goose and Pepsi.

Play begins at 8:20 a.m. EST Friday, as the first foursomes tee off. Foursomes are not yet set, though one can take some good guesses at who will be playing with whom.

For additional coverage of the 2012 Ryder Cup, stay with this StoryStream. And for news and analysis around the world of golf, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.

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