The media gathering
was an opportunity for O’Toole to address some of the themes he will emphasize
in his presidency. Specifically, they include the USGA’s commitment to making
the game more accessible, more environmentally friendly and faster to play. O’Toole,
who has worked as Rules official at more than 150 USGA championships, including
every U.S. Open since 1990, also harkened back to the USGA’s founding on Dec.
22, 1894, to call out its mission to conduct the game’s finest championships and
to write and interpret the Rules of Golf.
Davis explained the
intent of the back-to-back championships when they were conceived several years
ago, and why Pinehurst is the ideal place to have the best men and best women
compete in consecutive weeks on the same golf course. He also went into detail
on the goals for green speeds, fairway heights and bunker preparation for the
This press conference
was part of a full slate of activities and events during the USGA’s Annual
Meeting & Service Awards at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.