From the PGA
2021 PGA Championship: PGA of America Press Conference Quotables
On Tuesday, May 17th, the week of the PGA Championship and in the midst of player press conferences, the media was able to pick the brains of some of the PGA of America’s biggest members.
Seth Waugh, CEO, Jim Richerson, PGA of America President and Senior Vice President of Troon in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Kerry Haigh, Chief Championships Officer simultaneously chatted with and answered questions from the press about a range of topics including the 2021 PGA Championship, the PGA Membership and the status of the golf industry.
JIM RICHERSON, PGA of America President and Senior Vice President of Troon in Scottsdale, Arizona
We'd love to invite those that are interested in getting involved in the game to play it, interested in going into it as a career or interested in being involved in any way possible, we've got opportunities and options for them.
“We're very proud of the work they do in representing all 28,000, not only operating and teaching and coaching the game at the highest level, but playing the game at the highest level. Hopefully we'll be able to shine a spotlight this week not only on the greatest players in the game, but also on some of the great work that's being done by PGA members around the country.”
“From today through Friday on PGA.com as well as ESPN+: Some of the best coaches in the country analyzing the best players in the world, but also helping the recreational golfer, the everyday golfer. (Rick Sessinghaus) has been splitting time between the golf course with Collin Morikawa, obviously getting him ready to defend this year, but also giving tips to the recreational golfer. Hopefully (viewers) will be able to watch the best players in the world, but also get some tips that'll help their game.”
KERRY HAIGH, Chief Championships Officer
I can't tell you how excited I am. I think the golf course is just in beautiful condition. Jeff Stone, superintendent, and all his team, have done an unbelievable job preparing this golf course for what I hope and we hope will be one of the most interesting, challenging, and exciting championships we've ever had.
“We’re proud of the strength of our field. 99 of the top 100 players in the world are playing here in the PGA Championship - the strongest field as measured by OWGR. Hopefully we can set the golf course up in a way that challenges the best players in the world, and I can't wait for Thursday morning to start and see how the best players in the world play this magnificent golf course.”
SETH WAUGH, CEO PGA of America
This is an amazing site. As Jim said, we have great friends here. All you've got to do is walk on and it's like a happy pill.