With eight years under his belt as the tournament director of the Toshiba Classic, Jeff Purser has seen the tournament grow into one of the more popular stops on the PGA Champions Tour.
What he hasn't seen much of is the tournament itself.
The Ohio native will be out and about throughout the week, but his focus is on making sure every experience is a positive one for the spectator. With an estimated 80,000 people set to attend, that doesn't leave much time to take in the sights.
With preparations in full swing, Purser took a moment to talk with the Daily Pilot about the tournament.
Obviously, every year, you try to do some things different. What kinds of things have you added for this year?
A lot of it has to do with sponsor programs. You always try to improve on the sponsor services. Another thing is making sure we have the best field of competitors. We had an OK field last year, and the biggest thing in the success of the tournament is, do you have the best guys? So this year, we have guys here who haven't been here in a couple of years, we have some new guys. The fans, they want to see Peter Jacobsen, who's here for the first time. They want to see [Craig] Stadler and [Tom] Kite, who weren't here last year. They want to see Fuzzy [Zoeller] and [Hale] Irwin. They're all here. We have a great field that I think everyone will be excited to see.