2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: U.S. Open Championship

What: European Tour Event: U.S. Open Championship
Where: Pebble Beach Golf Links
Miles Travelled:

5,691 miles

My Role This Week:

My role this week is to help the European players with their media commitments at the US Open whilst also providing support and assistance to the media, who have to factor into their coverage the large time difference between Europe and the west coast of America.

Short Description:

This week’s US Open marks the third Major Championship of the year and there are few more impressive locations than the stunning Pebble Beach. We arrived into San Francisco on Sunday night and drove down to Monterey before heading to the golf course on Monday to take in the iconic Californian backdrop for the first time.

I generally try to attend one Major per year. Not only are they great events to work at, but they are particularly useful for establishing or maintaining contacts with players, their personnel and with key media, especially the American-based journalist which is useful in my role as Ryder Cup Media Centre Director. This week there are more than 760 accredited media (outside of TV broadcast personnel), so the Media Centre has to be large enough to accommodate all of them. Here is the view from my seat of one of the two giant screens which help us follow the action.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to be at some memorable Major Championship victories for our European Tour members, including Rory McIlroy’s first Major at the 2011 US Open at Congressional, Justin Rose’s 2013 win at Merion and Sergio Garcia’s Masters win in 2016. We have 48 members in the field this week, including Graeme McDowell who won at Pebble Beach in 2010. Fingers crossed another European Tour winner will be striding down the 18th green to add to my list on Sunday night.

One of the great things about our job is being able to visit new places and having the chance to tag a bit of sightseeing onto the trip. This is certainly one of those occasions and I have brought three pieces of the OGIO Official European Tour luggage this week – the Terminal Travel Bag, Layover Travel Bag, and the Alpha Convoy 320 – to help carry all the extra clothing.

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