Recording artist Jordin Sparks to sing U.S. national anthem at Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies

Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks, star of the new Sony Pictures film "Sparkle," the youngest winner in "American Idol" history and a past Grammy-Award® nominee, will perform the U.S. national anthem at the 2012 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies.

MEDINAH, Ill. -- The PGA of America is pleased to announce that platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks, star of the new  Sony Pictures film "Sparkle," the youngest winner in "American Idol" history and a past Grammy-Award® nominee, will perform the U.S. national anthem at the 2012 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on Sept. 27 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

"I'm so honored to have the opportunity to sing our national anthem at the 2012 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies at Medinah," said Sparks, 22. "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 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies will also include appearances by U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal; 2012 U.S and European Ryder Cup players; Justin Timberlake, the first-ever Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team; past Ryder Cup Captains and additional special guests.

"We're very excited that Jordin Sparks will be performing the U.S. National Anthem at the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies," 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."

About the 2012 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 38 competitions over 84 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. The Ryder Cup, recognized as the pre-eminent international team event in golf, has since expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. Europe currently has possession of the Ryder Cup trophy, thanks to a thrilling 14½-13½ victory over the United States in October 2010 in Wales. The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

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