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O'Toole: USGA ready to celebrate two weeks of golf

Posted June 11

— As golfers make their final preparations for the back-to-back men's and women's U.S. Open Championships, USGA President Tom O'Toole said Wednesday that there is an energy in the Pinehurst air unlike anything he's experienced in more than a quarter century working on U.S. Open. 

"We're going to get to watch the best men's and women's players in the world," O'Toole told Mark Thomas and Mike Maniscalco on 620 AM The Buzz. "The energy is unlike anything I've seen in 26 U.S. Opens. All systems go."

O'Toole said grounds crews are ready for the unique challenge of hosting the men's and women's U.S. Opens in consecutive weeks. 

"We made the decision and are prepared for some of the risks of going back to back with tournaments in the same location," he said. "We're prepared for the risks, or if we have a playoff on Monday of the men's tournament, but other than that, we're here celebrating two great weeks of golf."

Players have offered rave reviews of the changes made to Pinehurst No. 2 since the U.S. Open last came to the area nearly a decade ago, O'Toole said. 

"You'll definitely see something unique. You'll see a different golf course than you have seen here in 1995 or 2005," he said.

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