THE PGA OF AMERICA
Welcome to the
92nd PGA Championship
On behalf of The PGA of America and our more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals, who are the experts in the game and business of golf, welcome to the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. We are thrilled to be bringing “The Season’s Final Major, Glory’s Last Shot” back to Wisconsin and the impressive Straits course, which proved its “major mettle” just six years ago when it played host to the 86th PGA Championship.
Staging the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits is testament to the vision of
one man, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Herb Kohler Jr. for
both his passion for golf and his support of The PGA, as well as for creating this tremendous
golf destination on the shores of Lake Michigan. I would also like to thank the staff here at
Whistling Straits and the Kohler Companies, along with the thousands of volunteers, for your
professionalism and dedication in helping to produce this Championship.
Also, special recognition goes to CBS Sports, with whom we are celebrating the network’s 20th anniversary of broadcasting the PGA Championship. In addition, we thank fellow broadcast partner TNT and the entire contingent of international media on hand, for your roles in promoting golf and in bringing the action from this Championship to viewers, readers and listeners across the globe.
Hosting a major championship has a major impact off the course in terms of economic and social benefits to the adjacent communities, and I’m proud to say that this Championship’s Community Relations Program is expected to financially assist 30 local not-for-profit organizations within the Greater Milwaukee area in their respective causes. For an overview of the charitable organizations participating in this year’s Community Relations Program, please see the special section beginning on page 66 of this Official Program.
On the course, with this being a Ryder Cup year, the stakes are even higher for some competitors in this season’s final major, which annually attracts the strongest field in professional golf. Players from both sides of the Atlantic will also be vying for the right to represent either the U.S. or the European Team this coming October at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.
Also competing among the finest players in the world will be 20 individuals who just by their presence will make all of their fellow PGA Professionals proud – the PGA Club Professionals, led by Mike Small, the reigning PGA Professional National Champion, who earned their way here by virtue of their finishes in the 43rd PGA Professional National Championship, held in June at French Lick (Ind.) Resort.
Last year, Defending Champion Y.E. Yang overcame the field and the world’s No. 1 ranked
player in the final round to achieve the seemingly impossible. Will we see a similarly exciting
conclusion on the Straits course this week? One thing is for certain: like with Mr. Yang a year
ago, whoever it is who hoists the Wanamaker Trophy following the conclusion of competition
will have certainly earned the right to join the likes of Hagen, Sarazen, Nelson, Hogan, Snead,
Player, Nicklaus, Floyd, Trevino, Singh, Woods and Mickelson, to name just a few, and be
called a “PGA Champion.”
Here’s wishing all a great week here at the 92nd PGA Championship!
Jim Remy, PGA
The PGA of America
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