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On behalf of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals, welcome to Oak Hill Country Club. During this 85th PGA Championship, we will have the privilege of watching the greatest golfers in the world compete for millions of dollars and a victory in the golf season's final major championship. To see his name engraved on the Wanamaker Trophy, the 2003 PGA Champion must defeat the strongest field of the year on an outstanding Donald Ross-designed course and a wonderful host site for this event.
One of the game's premier and most scenic venues, Oak Hill Country Club is home to the Hill of Fame, a unique memorial on the East Course that celebrates the contributions to the game of many of golf's most legendary figures. I want to thank the staff members here, the club's membership, the PGA Championship Committee and the many volunteers whose dedication and hard work are so essential to hosting a major championship. I also want to thank the spectators, who contribute so much to the excitement of our Championship, for attending.
While fans at Oak Hill watch 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem and the rest of this year's stellar field compete, television viewers around the world will enjoy more than 27 hours of live coverage and highlights. In addition, each year, more and more fans follow the action of the PGA Championship on The PGA of America's official web site, PGA.com. Some 52 million people worldwide visited the site during the 84th PGA Championship last year at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
To the competitors and fans here at Oak Hill, to the members of the media providing coverage, and to fans following the action on television, thank you for making this 85th PGA Championship so special.
M.G. Orender, President
The PGA of America