The Ryder Cup officially starts next Friday, but some big time celebrities are kicking things off a few days earlier.
Athletes and entertainers from the U.S. and Europe are set to square off in a 9-hole scramble on Tuesday at Hazletine National Golf Club to get the Ryder Cup festivities underway.
The American squad boasts several names that frequently pop up at celebrity pro-am events, including the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, iconic funnyman Bill Murray, actors Kurt Russell and Rob Riggle, recording artist Huey Lewis, former hockey great and current NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick, surfing legend Kelly Slater and celebrity chef Todd English.
The European team will be comprised of One Direction's Niall Horan, tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova, former professional soccer players Andriy Shevchenko and Alessandro Del Piero, former rugby pro Paul O’Connell, gold-medal winning retired sprinter John Regis, television and film director and producer Nigel Lythgoe and culinary innovator and television personality José Andrés.
While not everyone on these teams have memorable golf highlights, Phelps, the former "Haney Project" pupil, will be looking to build upon this 153-foot putt he made four years ago at the Alfred Dunhill Links pro-am, while Horan will be trying to rebound from falling over while caddying for good buddy Rory McIlroy at the 2015 Masters Par-3 Contest.
Also, in case any alligators were thinking of making the trip up to Minnesota, you've been warned. In addition to his playing duties, Roenick will also be in charge of course security.