The PGA of America announced Monday that platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks, star of the new Sony Pictures film "Sparkle" and the youngest winner in "American Idol" history, will perform the national anthem at the 2012 Ryder Cup opening ceremonies on Sept. 27 at historic Medinah Country Club.
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"I'm so honored," said the 22-year-old Sparks. "The Ryder Cup is one of the most patriotic events in all of sports, and it means a lot to me to represent the United States on such an important stage. I can't wait to experience such an incredible atmosphere with passionate golf fans from around the world."
The opening ceremonies will also include appearances by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and European Ryder Cup captain José María Olazabal, 2012 U.S. and European players, and Timberlake, the first Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Past Ryder Cup captains and other special guests also will attend.
"We're very excited that Jordin Sparks will be performing," said 2012 Ryder Cup director Michael Belot. "She's a great young talent with fans of all ages, and we know our Ryder Cup fans will enjoy her performance."