by Ken Klavon USGA
From an on-site perspective, it seems to be desolate in these parts. Last-minute fixes are being made to the course as workers continue to work through the night. It seems to be the calm before the storm.
Player registration officially begins Sunday. However, today I ran into Jason Gore, Ryuji Imada and Justin Hicks on the practice putting area. One of them tried to register but was turned away. Tomorrow came the response. So at various points, all three could be seen chipping or putting.
There isn't any media here. There were yesterday for the contest. Media will start trickling in Sunday. By Tuesday, it's just madness.
So what am I doing on those 'slow' days? Finalizing content plans, going over stories/video and even writing another article on course setup. It's actually quite relaxing because I don't have 20 people in my ear, which is what will happen once the Open begins. The distractions can be annoying if you let them annoy you. I'm used to working in chaos, meaning a newsroom, so I'm prepared to juggle many responsibilities.
The most imperative issues are realizing we're working in a medium that is immediate, being accurate, fresh and, most important, compelling.